“It’s personal”: art exhibition at the N4th

This Friday, September 2, the N4th Gallery and Art Center will hold a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for its new exhibition, Art stories: it’s personal. The exhibition will be open to the public until October 25.

The exhibition is “a celebration of lives lived and journeys traveled, shared across a wide range of media and a few select words,” as the gallery said in a press release.

The highlights of the exhibition will be the works of two local artists: photographer Sterling Van Deren Coke and sculptor Joe Forrest Sackett.

Sculpture “Carreta with Black Monolith” by Joe Forrest Sackett Credit: Courtesy of N4th Arts

“His [Sackett’s art] often political and the inference is often political,” Associate Director Susanna Kearny said of Sackett’s work.

Sackett, a steel sculptor, states on his website: “What I do comes, at least in part, from my region. My inspiration also comes from our world – the physical, emotional, political, aesthetic realities of our times.

Sculpture “Dad” by Joe Forrest Sackett Credit: Courtesy of N4th Arts

The gallery expects to have at least 16 pieces by the sculptor and 20 photographs by Coke.

“Sterling’s [photos] are very personal in the sense of people. He’s a very people-oriented photographer,” said Managing Director Marjorie Neset.

The works of the two artists will be presented in the main gallery of N4th. “It will be a nice contrast and complement because of their media and subject matter,” Kearny said.

“Barcelona Flower Girl” by Sterling Van Deren Coke Credit: Courtesy of N4th Arts

The exhibition will also feature works by people connected to N4th in the Center’s X Gallery, a newly renovated area adjacent to the Main Gallery.

Neset added: “The selected work is from someone close to one of us. A family member, friend, someone [who] we are interested in their particular story or why they would do a particular job. She went on to explain that the pieces will vary by media.

Neset clarified that all parts of the show are professional parts. Although personal pieces are submitted by relatives of N4th staff and artists, they are always made by professionals.

“There are absolutely brilliant and interesting works in both Gallery X and the Main Gallery. It’s kind of an exciting mix,” Neset said.

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