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The Art of Skin at Long River Gallery in Lyme

Jul 18, 2016 02:33PM ● By Kirsten Gehlbach
This isn’t your great-grandmother’s art. Join in the art of fun—or the fun of art— in body art and visual art as interpreted by Long River Gallery artists. These include body artist Meredith Muse of Shady Lady Tattoo in Moretown, Vermont, and Long River artist and weaver Doug Masury of Henniker, New Hampshire.

On a lively and fun summer evening, the exhibit opened in Lyme on July 6 with what owner Dave Celone says was, “a great turnout of about 50 people, some with and others without tattoos.” He adds, “The exhibit continues, where anyone who wants to show off a tattoo or two (or more) is invited to do so, and anyone with or without body art is also cordially invited.”

Artists in the exhibit include:

Meredith Muse of Moretown, Vermont, and owner of Shady Lady Tattoo (who spoke at the opening about why she is a body artist). Meredith also brought posters of the Shady Lady Tattoo parlor to sell, along with other pieces of her original art including “The Widow Bird” Meridith drew the pen and ink while in South Africa where the Widow Bird is an indigenous species.

Betsy Derrick of Hanover, New Hampshire

Robert Chapla of Newbury, Vermont

Stephanie Reininger of Lyme, New Hampshire

Liliana Paradiso of Woodstock, Vermont

Doug Masury of Henniker, New Hamshire (who spoke at the opening about why he has had most of his body tattooed).

New art has arrived from many other Long River artists that reflects their interpretation of SKIN! (exposed). It ranges from nudes with tattoos to still life pears, to acrylic on birch bark with suggestive abstract figures of the human body, and pottery pinch pots with fingerprints of the potter. One artist, block printer Tracy Gillespie of Strafford, Vermont, had one of her pieces “Screaming Crow” transferred onto temporary tattoo paper and has those for sale.

“Fascinating what artists will create when offered a prompt,” says Dave. This is art to see.

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