The beginning of ‘Time Passing’

Jul 05, 2014
“Sandy” (detail) is part of the Gibbs Library-wide exhibit of artworks by Phyllis Janto opening Thursday, July 10, in Washington.

Washington — The Gibbs Library will present “Time Passing,” a three-part exhibition by Phyllis Janto, from Thursday, July 10, through Sept. 2.  A reception will be held Friday, July  11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the library, 40 Old Union Road.

The first part, a series of related monoprints and drawings from 2000 to 2005 based loosely on a figurative theme, is exhibited in the main library room. The second part, in the adjacent display case, contains sculptural models, photos and ideas produced from 1979 to 1987 for outdoor temporary sculpture. These pieces were designed as site-specific and interactive constructions, two of which were exhibited in Maine and the others in New York City and environs. In the Bryant Room, the third part, ”Time Passing on Nelson Ridge,” is a painted bas-relief completed in 2014. It juxtaposes an imaginary end of the historical ice age in the area now known as Washington with an also-imagined present-day bucolic landscape.

Janto, a long-time resident of Washington, has been an artist for many years. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Hunter College and an MFA from Pratt Institute and was a graduate fellow of Pratt, as well as the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work has been exhibited widely, especially in Maine.  The recent “Groundbreaking: The Women of the Sylvia Sleigh Collection” exhibition at Rowan University, N.J., contained one of her sculptures.

Gibbs Library hours are Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m.; Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m.; Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 845-2225.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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