Are you familiar with Jan Brett’s Annie and the Wild Animals? The synopsis: Annie was lonely. Taffy, her golden-haired cat, had disappeared. Life in the woods was empty. There was no one to love and be Annie’s friend. Outside, the snow was deep and the winter seemed endless. Annie tried her best to encourage Taffy to return but without success. A moose and a bear and even a wildcat are not as soft and cuddlesome or as friendly as Taffy. Where could Taffy be? Jan Brett’s story is told mostly through wonderfully detailed full-color illustrations. The wonders of the forest and the seasons are an expressive backdrop to the tale of the animals. Story within story forms as the intricate borders subtly foreshadow the main plot of Taffy’s final return to her friend Annie.
Now, imagine a winter wonderland: the quiet of snow, shadows stretching across the horizon, cold, crisp air, and magnificent icicle stalactites. Peer from the warmth of your home through the windows or reflect on a day of snowy adventure – artists tell us what they see. They share the emotions that emerge. Through their art, they depict the story they see. They translate their images to a storyline.
Artists were invited to submit up to 5 original pieces in response to the title: In A Land of Snow and Indigo.
We invite the public to come take a walk through a winter wonderland as told by the artists.
(Left, The Delivery by Emily Rier; Right, Climbers by Ken Smith.)
DATE: Reception November 15, 4-8pm. November 15-January 3. LOCATION: Confluence Gallery, Twisp. CONTACT: 509.997.2787, www.confluencegallery.com