The Olive Free Library Association will present the exhibition “Between Wind and Water” showcasing the works of 17 visual artists, writers and photographers who traveled together to Orkney, Scotland. Many of the pieces were completed in Scotland, where artists worked en plein air and were invited to share space at the printshop in Stromness. Each of the pieces illustrates the artist’s unique reflection on the Orkney landscape, where wind and water and sky dominate. The show will run from May 22 through July 10, with an opening on Saturday, May 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.
The trip to Orkney was led by Kate McGloughlin and assisted on the island by Jeanne Bousa Rose, whose work is also included in the show. “Between Wind and Water” is curated by Sandra Scheuer and Linda Schultz, both dedicated members of the Olive Free Library exhibition committee. Scheuer says, “The experiences in Orkney individually and as a group held a magical quality as we became immersed in the wind and water around us. As we walked among the ancient stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar, we were awed by their immensity. We felt as if we were in an ancient culture as we viewed the Viking runes on the walls of Maes Howe, visited the museum in Kirkwall and explored the Neolithic village of Skara Brae. Our time in Orkney was further enhanced by the warm reception we received from the Orcadians of Stromness and Kirkwall. While each piece of work in this exhibition demonstrates an individual response to the time we spent there, there is evidence of the pervasive influence of the surrounding landscape and climate.”
The library is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a maximum of ten patrons in the building at one time. Visit www.olivefreelibrary.org for more details.
The Olive Free Library is located at 4033 Route 28A in West Shokan.