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Gallery Hosts Reception for Art Exhibits

KEENE, N.H. 1/27/03 - The Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State College will host a reception for two unusual exhibits - The Visionary Decade: New Voices in Art in 1940s Boston and Visions in Cloth and Clay: Work by Ali, Brother Thomas, and Other Fine Art Potters, - from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7. Sinclair Hitchings, co-curator of The Visionary Decade, will give a guided tour of this exhibit at 6:30 p.m.

Hitchings, who is Keeper of Prints at Boston Public Library, also co-authored the The Visionary Decade exhibition catalogue with co-curator Stephanie Mayer, the Warren G. Adelson Curatorial Fellow in American Art at Boston University. The exhibit is organized by the Boston University Art Gallery in cooperation with the Boston Public Library Print Department. The Visionary Decade, which continues through Sunday, March 2, traces the work of such luminaries as Jack Levine and Hyman Bloom, both trained in Boston, as well as the German émigré Karl Zerbe. They laid the foundation for the humanist expressionism that would come to define progressive art in Boston. The exhibit explores the ensuing artistic revolution among Boston artists, dealers, collectors, teachers, and curators.

Bostons Pucker Gallery, which represents Ali and Brother Thomas, is lending all the works for Visions in Cloth and Clay. Ali, also known as Alison Cann- Clift, creates landscape and still-life paintings using pastels to achieve detail and a variety of fabrics, such as fine netting, to create the illusion of shadow and form. Internationally renowned potter Brother Thomas (Bezanson) creates vases, plates, and tea bowls that are graceful in form and covered in richly colored glazes. Visions in Cloth and Clay runs through Sunday, March 9.

Free guided gallery tours of both exhibits are offered at 2 p.m. every Sunday by Keene State art student intern Charles Langille. Reservations are not required.

The Thorne gallery is located on the Keene State College campus and is open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday, and noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The exhibits, reception, and tours are free and open to the public. For information, call 603-358-2720 or visit

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