The SAA Collective is excited to bring together three Illinois artists, Tracey Maras, Danny Brikshavana, and E. Vern Taylor, for a featured exhibition. About Becoming will be on display at the SAA Collective in the Hoogland Center for the Arts from September 6 – October 24 with the opening reception on Friday, September 6 from 5 – 7 PM. The reception and exhibition are free to the public.
About Becoming is a reference to the way in which the artists use the visual medium to express themselves and the world around. Maras’s pastel paintings focus on the many facets of water. “The lessons I have learned at the river continue to influence my life and my art.” says Maras, “As a result, the connectedness to water returns again and again in the subjects that I paint. The many personalities of water offer endless opportunities for inspiration”. The necessity of water for all life creates a unifying theme in her work.
Taylor’s paintings, titled The Rainforest Series, is a personal interpretation of the novel William Henry Hudson’s most famous novel, Green Mansions, written in 1904. “[The book] opened the wonderful world of reading to me as a reluctant eight grader,” says Taylor. ” [It] made a tremendous impression on me, enriching my imagination and instilling in me to this day, a deep love and abiding respect for the rain forests of the world.”
Brikshavana takes a more personal approach to the theme. “In late 2014, ceramics was the solution when seeking an art form that allowed me to express myself,” says the artist. “There is such appeal in being able to transform crude and raw materials to something tangible or purposeful.” His work can appear simple and minimalistic while some is more intricate with much finer details.
Alongside this featured exhibition will be a showcase of SAA Collective artists new paintings, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, photography and more.
The BACKdoor gallery will feature long time Springfield artist John Crisp.
The exhibitions are free and open to the public on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 AM – 5 PM and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 12 – 7 PM.