“It’s Personal”: Art Exhibition at N4th

This Friday, September 2nd, the N4th Gallery and Art Center is hosting a reception for their new exhibition from 5pm to 8pm. Art Stories: It’s Personal. The exhibition is open to the public until October 25th.

The exhibition is “a celebration of lives lived and journeys taken, shared across a variety of mediums and a few words,” as the gallery noted in a press release.

Highlights of the exhibition will be the work of two local artists: photographer Sterling Van Deren Coke along with sculptor Joe Forrest Sackett.

Sculpture “Carreta with Black Monolith” by Joe Forrest Sackett Recognition: Courtesy of N4th Arts

“It is [Sackett’s art] often political, and the conclusion is often political,” said Associate Director Susanna Kearny of Sackett’s work.

Sackett, a steel sculptor, explains on his website: “What I do comes at least partly from where I live. My inspiration also comes from our world – the physical, emotional, political and aesthetic realities of our time.”

“Daddy” sculpture by Joe Forrest Sackett Recognition: Courtesy of N4th Arts

The gallery expects at least 16 works by the sculptor and 20 photographs by Coke.

“Pound Sterling [photos] are very personal in terms of people. He’s a very people-oriented photographer,” said Managing Director Marjorie Neset.

The works of both artists are exhibited in the main gallery of the N4th. “It’s going to be a nice contrast and complement because of their media and subject matter,” Kearny said.

Barcelona Flower Girl by Sterling Van Deren Coke Recognition: Courtesy of N4th Arts

The exhibition will also feature works by individuals associated with N4th in the center’s Gallery X, a newly refurbished area adjacent to the main gallery.

Neset added: “The work selected is from someone close to one of us. A family member, a friend, someone [who] We’re interested in their particular story or why they would do a particular work.” She went on to explain that the pieces will vary across media.

Neset made it clear that all the plays on the show are professional plays. While the personal pieces are submitted by N4th staff and artists, they are still made by professionals.

“Both Gallery X and the main gallery have some absolutely gorgeous, interesting work. It’s an exciting mix,” said Neset.

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