With the strains of Mary White’s lovely harp in the background, the Gaithersburg Arts Barn hosted a reception with the artists participating in the Arts on the Green’s exhibit “Myths, Archetypes and Folklore” on Saturday, Jan. 27. Curated by Mary Weiss-Waldhorn, the exhibit features artists’ exploration of the mythic qualities of literary and symbolic imagery. Storytelling, myths, legends, cultural archetypes and folklore have provided a wealth of source material for many artists. This exhibit highlights representational painters, printmakers and sculptors who have drawn inspiration from this symbolism.
Featured artists include Maria Aragon, Amy Elizabeth Brock-Reed, Mickey Darby, Cyd Goodwin, Andrea McCluskey, Phyllis Mayes, Anne Quinlan, Lisa Aerianna Tayerle, Stephen Towns and Homer Yost. The artists hail from Montgomery County, Frederick County, Northern Virginia, Baltimore and Pennsylvania. Many of the artists were in attendance to speak about their work.
Originally from Louisiana and now calling Dickerson home, Cyd Goodwin’s striking fantasy figurative paintings are bursting with color, mystery and personality. Goodwin enjoys “happy paintings of people” and finds inspiration from reading science fiction and attending Renaissance festivals, as evidenced in particular favorites “Time Traveler” and “Fascinating.”
Frederick artist Phyllis Mayes focuses on figure drawings and paintings. Those on display combined childlike fanciful characters with a whimsical quality. “I like the childhood world,” explained Mayes. “The Fairies” appears nearly collage-like with the use of geometric shapes and pieces, which Phyllis noted she often incorporates into her creations.
Sculptor Homer Yost exhibited two mythological Iphigenia pieces and several others, including his Pieta of cast Vatican stone. Maria Aragon’s spiritual and mythological icons included the particularly arresting “Hecate Full Moon” and the lyrical “Persephone Engenders the Spring.” Lisa Tayerle’s etchings and mixed media with gold leaf were contemplative and eye-catching.
The exhibit is on display through Feb. 19 at the Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 1:30 to 5 p.m. The majority of the art is for sale by contacting the Arts Barn at 301.258.6394 or obtaining a price list at the exhibit.