Sara Nightingale Gallery presents #friendswithboats, opening Saturday, May 27, 2017
Ani Antreasyan, Bill Armstrong, Scott Bluedorn, Nuala Clarke, Rossa Cole, Rose Marie Cromwell, Elizabeth Dow, Glenn Fischer, Margaret Garrett, Melora Griffis, Sylvia Hommert, Kelly Neidig, Barry Underwood, Suzanne Unrein, Judith Simonian, Mark Webber
The phrase other people's boats implies that someone else will pay. We, the guests, will get a free ride without having to be accountable for the built-in costs associated with aquatic adventures. Neither will we be required to do the clean up/ follow up/ repair work when the ride is over.
#friendswithboats examines just some of the symbolism inherent in boats, without necessarily depicting them literally. Boats are sources of leisure and commerce, battle and escape, departure and arrival, adventure and boredom. They conjure transit and movement that is sometimes hopeful, sometimes terrifying. Their history is steeped in migration, exploration, hunting, competition, pirating and human trafficking, as well as ordinary transportation. Boats may be packed with people trying to find a better life or contain a lone survivor in a life raft.
#friendswithboats is partly about waiting for someone to come to the rescue. It underscores the interdependency of humans who are connected and simultaneously separated by the oceans, bays and rivers around us.
A percentage of proceeds from sales will be donated to Breakwater Yacht Club’s Youth Sailing Scholarship Program. Breakwater Yacht Club, a non profit organization based in Sag Harbor, NY, offers accessibility to the sport of sailing for people of all ages, incomes and experience levels http://breakwateryc.org/.
The exhibition will run through July 13. For more information and images, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.