2021 Annual AAWR Members Exhibition
Exhibit: April 8 through May 29, 2021
Zoom Opening Reception Thursday April 8, 7pm-8pm
Register to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqcOqsqzMoHtyadDqcA31IrsYn5u64lvju
The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve
1834 #. 123 St.
Cleveland, OH 44106
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Topic: 2021 Annual Members Exhibition Opening Reception
Description: Please join the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve’s (AAWR) for the virtual opening reception of their 2021 Annual Members Exhibition on n Thursday, April 8th 7:00 – 8:00pm featuring a joyous gathering of AAWR staff, Board, and member artists, as well as a preview of the show.
About: In addition to the 89 artists archived in the museum’s permanent collection, the AAWR is comprised of hundreds of regional member artists who form the backbone of the organization. The exhibition, a perennial favorite, accepts 1 piece from each active member and proudly displays them in an energetic salon-style. Now in its 7th year, the show has become so popular that entries are limited to 24 inches to conserve gallery space. Ranging from painting to photography, ceramics to textiles, and mixed media installations, each piece served as a unique snapshot of life in Northeast Ohio. Exhibition attendees may vote for their favorite piece in person until the end of the exhibition, when the four artists with the most votes will receive awards and cash prizes.
In Greek Mythology, Daphne was a beautiful noblewoman and wealthy landowner who toyed with the affections of a certain local princely baron named Duncan, who pursued her despite his unrequited love. Duncan could think of nothing but the chase and Daphne, his continued loss. Duncan was her toy boy.
Now in the course of human events this oft told tale might have gone unnoticed except that the two of them were so transfixed by their game that they completely ignored their civic duties and the needs of their country folk who relied on them for sustenance and support. Because of Daphne and Duncan's inattention, the people suffered famine, disease and death.
This so angered Zeus that he cut down Daphne's entire family in their prime with a great storm and punished her by changing her into a gnarled old dryad, or tree spirit. Never again would Daphne outrun Duncan. Her feet were planted!
What history fails to record is that Duncan was punished for his senseless pursuit of the impossible. Experience was not his teacher. Even to the gods, this dude was a yo-yo. To pay for his bullish ignorance Duncan was destined to spend eternity tethered to a string. All for trying to grasp the unattainable.
©Leslie Edwards Humez 2021
This little fantasy was inspired by a water-worn,
beach-weathered, bore-scarred rose crown that has been floating around my studio for a decade. Too bizarrely beautiful to discard, it's finally found a second life.