Polly Castor on exhibition in the meetinghouse

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Current works by Polly Castor at The Meeting House, Ridgebury Commons

Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touches one or the other key to create vibrations in the soul.

–Wassily Kandinsky

I found that I could say things with colors and shapes that I couldn’t say otherwise – things that I had no words for.

–Georgia O’Keefe

Be happy with life because it gives you the opportunity to love, work, play, and look up to the stars.

–Henry Van Dyke

Polly Castor is an inspiration. The sheer abundance and pace of her original creations – painting, pastels, photography, poetry, and a daily blog (www.PollyCastor.com) – can make one wonder how she has time to eat and sleep during the day. She draws her creative energy from a passion for the deep beauty and goodness of existence. In fact, she sees her role as a transparent “amplifier of the good” in life. Her infinite curiosity stimulates her to celebrate the most diverse facets of human experience in her art.

The words ‘inspire’ and ‘spirit’ derive from the same Latin root, Spire, means “to breathe” or to absorb the vital life force. The connection is apt on this show as Polly seeks to give us some of her joyous appreciation for the world in and around us. Her works are intended to be valued by their viewers on a spiritual, not a rational level of understanding.

Polly represents a style of contemporary spiritual art known as “abstract conceptualism” that serves as a bridge between pure abstraction and precise objective representation. In her art she tries to spontaneously express the core essence of forms, concepts or emotions. She believes that producing authentic art means “getting out of the way” so that her inspiration can flow freely. Although her art is not overtly religious, she equates her painting process with spiritual meditation and even prayer.

The nature of abstract conceptualism allows Polly’s art to be more accessible to her audience than pure abstraction, although she does invite her viewers to bring their own interpretations of each work. For the current exhibition, she adds descriptive signs to each piece, naming the shape, emotion, or concept that inspired it. In this way she hopes to attract those viewers who “don’t like abstract art, but like it”.

The extensive exhibition of more than 75 of Polly’s recent works opens on Sunday November 7thNS at Shield’s Hall at the Meetinghouse in Ridgebury, 602 Ridgebury Road, with a reception with the artist from 2pm to 4pm and it will last the whole month of November. Current viewing times are on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment at 203-313-9655.

This show is the latest in the ongoing series of local artist exhibitions at the Meetinghouse, which is part of the organization’s initiative to promote a thriving local community based on “being, belonging and becoming.” For more information on this initiative, please contact Deborah Rundlett (This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots! You need JavaScript enabled to view it)


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