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Artist Gallery Talk: Nov. 19, Exhibition: Now to Dec. 4- "Breaking Free: Dark Energy, Dark Matter"

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


10/28/2015 - Art Galleries: Margaret Schnebly Hodge’s Breaking Free: Dark Energy, Dark Matter - Artist Talk Nov. 19

Journey to the stars October 26 to December 4 in an exhibit of more than 40 works by artist Margaret Schnebly Hodge. Hodge's work beckons viewers to explore the cosmos through oil paintings and mixed-media works. The artist employs a dark, rich palette, and her works evoke the psychological and philosophical aspects of humankind’s relationship to that which lies beyond Earth’s atmosphere.

The Artist Margaret Schnebly Hodge will present a GALLERY TALK on Thursday, November 19 at 12:30 PM. The artist will discuss her process and the meaning behind individual works of art, and will conduct a question-and-answer session. Light refreshments will follow. The public is invited to join Hodge for this lunchtime presentation as she leads a tour through the explosions of color, visions of the cosmos, and harmonious blending of art and scientific exploration in her paintings and sculptures.

Breaking Free: Dark Energy, Dark Matter is both a depiction of the matter and energy that make up outer space, and an artistic expansion beyond the physical and emotional constraints that keep us Earth-bound.

This show of oil paintings and other media appears in both art galleries of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, 100 E. College Blvd., Niceville, FL. The galleries are open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 90 minutes in advance of Mattie Kelly Art Center performances. Admission is free of charge.

Also featured in the adjacent Corridor Gallery is Adopt-a-Painting - A selection of works by Emil Holzhauer from the NWF State College Permanent Collection which are part of the college's Adopt-a-Painting art restoration program.

The Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center offers touring art exhibitions free of charge to the public. Call (850) 729-6044 for information on the exhibit or to arrange a group tour.

Breaking Free: Dark Energy, Dark Matter- Artist Info/Statement

Long appreciated as an abstract figurative and landscape painter using a dark and rich palette and with a philosophical preoccupation with concepts of physical and emotional restraint, many works in this exhibit show Hodge’s aesthetic expansion beyond the sense of earth-bound considerations.

Of her newest works, Gary R. Libby, Director Emeritus of the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, says, “The qualities of light in a dynamic cosmos, the existence of supernovas, the qualities of dark stars, dark matter, dark energy, baryonic clouds of matter and known ideas about anti-matter all seem to find a place in Hodge’s richly painted visions of a beautiful and powerful apocalypse on the heels of contemporary sciences early penetration into the mysteries of creation and destruction in our universe. In many ways Hodge’s new work artistically begins to bridge some elements of the new science with the eternal beauty and mystery of the Heavens”.

Devoting most of her time to the creative process and working privately in her Ormond Beach studio, Hodge has recently exhibited her work selectively, with exhibitions at the Gene Prough Performing Arts Center, Chipola, FL; the News Journal Arts Center, Daytona Beach, FL; the Florida Museum for Women Artists, DeLand; the Karpeles Manuscript Museum, Jacksonville; and now at the News Journal Center, Daytona Beach. She also produces a professional blog on art books and exhibits. Her work can be found in private, public, and institutional collections.