Friday, July 31, 2009

Making Medieval Studies Matter: Arthurian-Themed Exhibition at the National Steinbeck Center (August-November 2009)

From the National Steinbeck Center web site:

OPENING RECEPTION: August 7, 6-8:00 pm

The 29th Steinbeck Festival 2009 Exhibition, From This Stone and Anvil: Arthurian Legend Exposed and Abstracted (August 7 – November 2, 2009), will showcase the works of The Octopi Collective, a group of young, multi-faceted, professional artists based in Monterey County. The new exhibition will include photography, illustration, encaustic (wax) works, and sculptures in contemporary form that relate to the stories and characters of John Steinbeck’s The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights.

Through a variation of different mediums, exhibiting artists Nic Coury, Taylor Hawthorne, Michelle Magdalena Maddox, Margo Mullen, Jaime R. Uretsky, Paul Van de Carr and Kelly Watson, take inspiration from imagery and notions conjured from the famous novel and Arthurian legend, to create works of art harkening to the illuminated manuscripts of the time period. Taking queues from the pace and tone of Steinbeck’s writing, the artists develop themes from his book and filter them through the language of visual art to bring the characters into a modern setting as if they were alive today. For more information, call (831) 775-4721.

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