In a year that we reached for normal — new normal, old normal, what exactly is normal, anyways — the show introducing the Copley Society of Art’s latest members won’t necessarily take you anywhere new, but they’ll take you back to the places you’ve missed visiting over the past three years.
“This group of artists represents people coming from a variety of backgrounds that share a united focus of representing their everyday surroundings,” said gallery coordinator Paige Roehrig. “Whether it be through figurative or still-life, artists are pulling from familiarity to showcase their unique artistic vision.
“One thing that they all have in common is that they are all professionally ambitious – becoming an accepted member of the Copley Society of Art provides an important credential and a rewarding achievement for them to celebrate while also providing a heightened sense of community.”
Many of the works are landscapes with in-depth atmospheric features that make you feel you’re walking up a hillside or rarely visited patch of grass.
“The show does consist of mostly representational and realistic work but there was no intention behind that,” Roehrig said. “In 2022, the Copley Society of Art received applications that showcased artwork primarily focusing on traditional and representational work, but I believe in light of the pandemic, there is a lot of comfort that comes from scenes of familiarity. Many pieces from our New Members have been executed in such a way and we are grateful to have these visions of comfort that are strongly enhanced by the creative vision of our new artist members.”