Last fall, I was honored to be asked to jury the Bromfield Gallery’s SOLO 2022 Competition. I set out on the task looking for work that would call out to passerby in a neighborhood filled with top-rate galleries and artists. This January, Virginia Mahoney and Anne Birutė Harris will present work to carry you away visually, in experience and in thought.
Harris’ “PEAK” solo show combines painting, performance, photographyandvideoinintroducingherseven-year“collaboration” with the tallest mountain in Massachusetts, Mount Greylock.
Her working relationship there began after she had spent several years visiting different waterfalls and forests in Massachusetts that eventually led her out west to The Berkshires. “One day I was thinking about yearly foliage drives my family went on as a kid, and it was in this moment I remembered North Adams’ Hairpin Turn, and the mountain pass through Route 2. Sensations came back to me that I had experienced as a kid, and I knew I wanted to paint these places. I started hiking and painting many places around the Mount Greylock, but did not visit the mountain until I felt the time was right.”