March Art Wall: Carol Ring and Diana Spears

"Just Say Yes"

The March Art Wall Exhibit kicks off with a reception on Sunday, March 3 at 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm in Forbes Hall.  This month’s exhibit features a collaboration of the work of two talented artists who are members of our church.

Carol Ring

Carol Ring is a graphic designer and artist whose work is generated from her collection of abstract photos, taken over many years. She has developed a unique style of combining and layering photos, using translucent filters in Photoshop. Lately adding words or sentences to the mix, she has chosen to print these 8” x 8” pieces with a process of infused dyes onto coated brushed aluminum.

This is Carol’s eighth show, fourth on the UUSM Art Wall in the last 15 years; her award-winning work hangs in both private and corporate collections.

In her current exhibition, “Just Say Yes,” Carol has pared her message down to the single word YES, along with a few other affirmative words or phrases, quotes from Carl G. Jung, Eckhart Tolle and Dag Hammarskjold. All convey the positive notion: To get what you want, want what you get.

“It seems to be characteristic of the human condition that how we mentally label an experience (i.e., ‘good’ or ‘bad’) determines how we feel about it. In other words, we suffer when we want things to be different from how they are,” Carol said.

As Tina Fey advises in this pointer toward a happier life: “Say Yes. You’ll figure it out afterward.”

See these and more of Carol Ring’s work at yessy.com/carolring

Diana Spears

Diana Spears’ work will also be featured during the month of March.  Spears’ work will center around the UU principle of the interconnected web of all creation — animal, mineral, vegetable. The pictorial essay-style exhibition brings significant attention to the way humans hurt themselves and still survive by forgiving despite not forgetting the pain.  

“Without err there would be no evolution as mutation is a variable built into the system of creation itself,” Spears said. “There is no is that isn’t; without the ying there is no yang; we are subsumed in each other. Those who deny this reality live in hubris and can cause great harm.”  People can forgive the words said but will remember how those words made them feel. The err is not just a human phenomenon, but also part of the realms of creation — all reflected in this exhibit.

To view this month’s exhibit after the March 3 reception, contact Nancy Thompson. Accessible parking is available behind the church.

Contact Beverly Alison for Art Wall inquiries.

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