Right after becoming closed for a lot of months owing to COVID-19, the Bandon Library Art Gallery has reopened its doorways with an show identified as “A Delicate Balance,” which showcases paintings and collages by Susan Lehman, and “A Murder of Crows,” an assemblage by Janice Horne. The clearly show will run by means of August 31. Gallery several hours are from midday to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Starting off on July 1, Ava Richey’s paintings will be showing on The Lengthy Wall Inside the Library.

Painter/collagist Susan Lehman is a grasp of subtlety, whose function pushes the edge of what is doable in a two-dimensional medium. Using materials, fibers, mesh, paper and sculpting paste, Lehman makes an undulating area, pocked with craters or soaring up into wrinkles ahead of she paints. She then applies acrylic paint, inks and metallics, and may well additional manipulate the area by scratching or normally distressing the paint. The consequence is a intricate portray with sculptural effects that can take time to thoroughly soak up.

The most important series of is effective on exhibit, “A Fragile Balance,” created for the duration of the very last 14 months, is a immediate reaction to the issues of lockdown: isolation, dread of what is outside the house, inner thoughts of being missing and cut off, reminiscences of the splendor of mother nature and hoping to obtain hope and a way back again into the globe. Applying a limited but dynamic pallette of black, white, grey and metallic golds and coppers, Lehman summons thoughts numerous experienced for the duration of this period of time of forced isolation: that of staying caught inside of, looking out at a earth drained of colour and daily life, our loneliness at separation from other folks, dislocation as our normal routines arrived to a sudden halt. The works are delicate and specific, invoking both the interior storms and quiet lulls that marked this stressful time. But Lehman will not depart 1 there she then requires viewers outside the house and into light-weight and coloration with the three most recent paintings, together with “Looking Towards Shore,” with its lovely turquoise seawater and misty sky. Her function tells us it really is not more than still, but we are on our way household.

Janice Horne’s “A Murder of Crows” is assemblage at its most whimsical and entertaining. Riffing on the observed intelligence of crows and ravens as perfectly as their standing for being tricksters, Horne playfully assembles collages and sculptures to celebrate these intriguing birds. With a large selection of supplies and both equally a sense of humor and a fantastic regard for her issue, she produces eventualities in which crows are messengers, carriers of the seed of lifetime or gatekeepers of Time alone. She imbues her crows with mystic energy, nonetheless Horne’s mini tales are grounded in the genuine routines of corvids. It is a enjoyment to have these pleasant items in the cases.