First and foremost: thanks go out to everyone in Lancaster who helped to make Kevin Lehman’s First Friday opening reception here at Gallery360 in September such an amazing success! The gallery was packed all evening long with insightful, engaged viewers whose discussion and understanding of the newest body of artwork by Lancaster’s own Kevin Lehman.

 

 

Throughout the summer we have been anxiously anticipating this exhibit and getting a look at the pieces Kevin had been describing since his travels to Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. During his trip, (which was funded and organized in party by ShooFlyMoonPie, an PA-based volunteer organization) he was influenced by the people, art, history, and was able to observe the rebuilding of communities after one of the largest natural disasters to occur in the United States.

 

Since his return he set to work on the diverse body of art that he installed here at Gallery360 in the beginning of the month. Kevin’s work includes functional glass and ceramics as well as drawing, painting, and installation. I was lucky enough to pay Kevin’s studio a visit a month before the installation began to see the work in-progress and was amazed at the variety of media he was working with. Even then I was able to sense what an effect the experiences in Mississippi had on this work, and his choice of mixing media made perfect sense to describe such a diverse culture in one exhibition.

 

The resounding message we took from those present at the opening reception was the strength of resilience in the face of change. We were lucky enough to have visitors all the way from Mississippi joining us, and their stories of home and the connection they immediately had to Kevin’s work was the final step in the cultural exchange that was sought at the beginning of the trip. The artists, communities, ideas, and history of two unique art communities have been linked by the efforts of SFMP and Kevin Lehman.

 

An important aspect of Kevin’s concept is the notion of change, which is also the title for the notably time-sensitive clay installation that is one part of his exhibit. Wet clay was applied to now unseen surface and allowed to alter over the course of the month. Check in with Gallery360 to note the progress of this surprising piece, and join us for an intimate evening with the artist for a closing reception on Music Friday, Sep 21st from 7:30 – 9pm to see it for yourself before it’s gone! We are hoping to give everyone a chance to share in this important work and create their own connections by getting to know Kevin and Gallery360 even better!

Hope to see you there,

Lauren

        

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