Expressions [March 1 – April 30, 2020] – EXTENDED THROUGH June 30, 2020
The Patchogue-Medford Library is pleased to present Expressions, a group exhibition featuring select artists of Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE). Curated by FREE’s Senior Habilitation Specialist Glyn Evans, the exhibit features a series of expressionistic, acrylic polymer paintings that are based on everyday feelings and emotions. The artwork on display was created by Wanda B., James D., Daniel F., Tiffany G., Kathy H., Freddie H., John L., Carol Ann L., Freddie H., Louis S., Alexandrea S., and Jordan Z. 2020 marks the seventh year FREE artists have exhibited their artwork at the Patchogue-Medford Library.
Expressions depicts a wide range of emotions. Historically, artists have considered physical expressions of the body as a means of depicting the internal feelings of the self – a sentiment shared by the artists in this exhibit. The images in this exhibition are powerful and moving, both for the viewers and the artists, and are testaments to the important role art has in self-expression and empowerment. According to Evans, the artists worked on this series for roughly five months, in which they contemplated certain emotions as well as the best way to express these feelings through paint. “Our artists delved into their own hearts and souls, and also through long discussions, chose an emotion which they wished to bring to life,” Evans wrote in the accompanying exhibition essay. After these reflections, the artists worked out their compositional arrangements on paper before resolving the relationship between gesture and feeling in paint. For these artists, when words fail, painting is a cathartic experience as well as the means to express these complex emotions.
Artist Reception [March 5, 2020]
An artist reception for Expressions was held at the library with a full house, filled with the artists’ friends and families, in attendance. Speeches were delivered by Patchogue-Medford Library Director, Danielle Paisley, FREE’s Community Services Director, Jenna Felder, and FREE’s Senior Habilitation Specialist, Glyn Evans. Each artist was presented with a certificate and the library was presented with a commemorative work of art.
About Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc.
Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE), founded in 1977, benefits and proudly supports more than 4,000 individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental illness and traumatic brain injury. It is the mission of FREE to help individuals of all abilities realize their full potential. FREE provides a diverse array of supports and services including housing; recovery services; transition to work; employment; day, community and family services; respite; crisis services; education and after school support; specialty health services; and advocacy. For more information on FREE, call 516-870-7000 or visit www.familyres.org.
About the Gallery
The Claire Davidson Siegel Gallery is the exhibition space of the Patchogue-Medford Library and is located on our lower level. Managed by our experienced staff, the gallery features six professional exhibitions per year by local artists and Long Island organizations. In 2018, the gallery was named in honor of Claire Davidson Siegel, an artist, advocate for the arts, and President of the Patchogue-Medford Friends of the Library.