In some cultures, you are given a name at birth. Around age 12 or so, you take a different name that reflects your personality or life’s work. During the initial weeks and months of the Covid 19 pandemic, as we were physically disconnected from each other, 15 members of our collective of women mother-artists collaborated virtually to reexamine our more than decade-old name and mission. Our collective had matured as our children grew up, so we resolved to open our strengths to a larger audience.
By exploring our strong points and evolution, we decided on reinventing ourselves as Artessa Alliance. Tessa- referring to tessellations- are individual shapes that are linked together, creating vivid patterns. This reflects who we are and what we stand for: individual artists developing their own practices in diverse mediums, who often work closely together on projects– where the sum of the parts ends up being greater than the whole.
Join us as Artessa Alliance shares work from original and new members of our collective at Clayon Main on 313 Main St. in Oley, PA. This exhibit will be accompanied by a socially distanced opening on Sunday, September 19th from 4-6pm, we ask that masks are worn by all visitors while inside. Weather permitting light refreshments as well as distanced seating will be available outside. Monitor and Adjust will also be open to the public between September 19th and October 24th during regular studio hours Sunday 1-4pm, Saturday 10-2pm, Thursday 2-5pm. Visit clayonmain.org for more details or call (610)987-0273 to set up a viewing outside of regular business hours.