‘Hope and Resilience’

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  • Local artists Ann Saunderson, John Hoglund, Sher Kamman and Rick Lugg discuss their pieces for the shared exhibit “Hope and Resilience” on display at the Two Villages Art Society. Courtesy

  • “Wings of Hope” by John Hoglund Courtesy

Published: 4/7/2021 5:11:36 PM

In the new exhibit at Two Villages Art Society in Hopkinton, artists work with the theme of hope and resilience, and what we can learn from nature about living through a time of change and uncertainty. The images are presented by painter Ann Saunderson (Loudon) and photographers John Hoglund (Bow) and Sher Kamman (Henniker), who collaborated with Rick Lugg (Contoocook) to pull the show together.

“No Straight Lines: The Nature of Hope” features photographs and paintings drawn from the natural world.

The theme of hope grew out of the artists’ post-COVID work and thought process, says Hoglund.

“We wanted to have hope as the focus of the show rather than the disaster of the world,” Hoglund said. “We hope gallery visitors come away with a sense of the joy of nature. There are a number of pictures that are ‘normal’ looking, but they are extraordinary images of these ordinary things.”

Rick Lugg, the “connective glue” across the group, agrees. “Looking at the natural world where things persist regardless of conditions, that’s what we as humans can learn from nature.”

It struck Lugg, as he helped coordinate the Emily Fischer Field show at the gallery (then the House of Art) in 2019, that there was something about Hoglund, Saunderson, and Kamman’s work that just clicked. “I knew each of them independently, I knew their work. As we got talking it became clear that the group would work well together.”

From the beginning, the process was highly collaborative.

“Rick has really helped us pull together, he has been the person who conceptually pulled diverse threads together for coherence,” said Kamman.

The theme of the show did not start as hope.

“I had been dealing with a series of paintings I call ‘disasters’ based on climate change, political unrest, and the nature of our planet,” said Saunderson.

“In the beginning ... we would get together and look at (our images) and see what themes were coming out, that’s where the disaster theme started … each week you could see the shifts that were happening as we went into and through the pandemic,” Kamman said. “For me, it was around resilience and what helps us get through on a human and natural world level.”

“No Straight Lines: The Nature of Hope” is at Two Villages Art Society from April 9 to 30. You can shop the show in person Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or online at twovillagesart.org.

Two Villages Art Society was founded in 2019 as an organization for artists, art lovers, art collectors, art educators, and all who value art as a crucial component of a vibrant, welcoming community. Its gallery on Main Street in Contoocook (part of the town of Hopkinton) offered events as “The House of Art” prior to the founding of the nonprofit TVAS. In addition to exhibits and sales, the organization provides artist meet-ups, educational programs, and other cultural events. Membership is open to all, and admission to the gallery is free to the public.

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