"Endangered" opens Thursday
evening at the Lincoln Art Institute
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[August 07, 2019]
Logan County Arts and the Lincoln Art Institute will continue an
art-filled summer with their August exhibit, “Endangered”. The show
will debut with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 8
at the Lincoln Art Institute, 112 S. McLean St.
Gallery owner Moses Pinkerton explains that the “Endangered” theme
can have broad interpretations. “One obvious example is the danger
to plants and animals caused by environmental threats all over the
world. However, many other things can be endangered by changes in
our social lives, technology or by natural or manmade disasters.
This doesn’t mean that the artwork will all be grim, merely that the
artists are addressing a wide range of subjects.” Artists Allison
Carter, Sharon Fak, and Pam Moriearty will be celebrating natural
themes. Bees have become symbols of endangered nature to the artists
and, as Carter points out, honeybees also remind us of the
advantages of cooperation when faced with challenges.
Sculptor Jason Hoffman’s three dimensional contribution poses
questions about the pharmaceutical industry and the dangerous
products they supply that become part of the problem rather than the
cure. The piece was inspired by the drastic consequences of the
commercially driven opioid epidemic.
Our lives change as they are “improved” by progress and technology,
leaving many aspects of life behind. Tony Shuff, Moses Pinkerton and
Ruth Fredricks all remind viewers of this with their photographic
and painted artworks.
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Though automation has made life easier, Fredricks’ rendering of a treadle sewing
machine recalls a time when home seamstresses made all the family’s clothes.
Many women enjoyed the soothing rhythm of the rocking treadle, and were glad for
the chance to sit down. Shuff and Pinkerton ask what is happening to such
familiar things as local stores or nickels and dimes as commerce is dominated by
chain stores and online buying.
In contrast to the idea that hazards should be avoided, Moriearty points out
that sometimes we actually court danger. “Whether it’s skydiving, paintball, or
even chess, most people are willing to enter situations with some risk in order
to test themselves. Life can be too sheltered without a little challenge.” Her
acrylic painting, “Checkmate in One,” recalls the tension of a competitive
After the opening reception, the show will be available for viewing until
September 7. For an appointment, people may call Pinkerton at 217-651-8355. Also
available at the “Endangered” opening will be information on the September, 2019
LCA show, a solo exhibition by Illinois watercolor artist Patrick Sheehan.