New Mother Daughter Art Exhibit at The Center

New Mother Daughter Art Exhibit at The Center

A mixed media art exhibit will open in The Granucci Gallery at The Center for the Arts on Thursday, February 18, 2021. The Mother-Daughter Project features paintings by Linda Neely with the poems that inspired her art, written by her daughter, Amber Neely.

This project began as a collision of surrealist creativity. The mother is a professional artist with a Master in Fine Arts and an in-depth knowledge and love for surrealism in all its forms. She has given lectures and classes on surrealism and created a lot of surrealistic art. One day she discovered her daughter’s exquisite, ethereal poetry! As she read it, her jaw dropped at the eerie phrases, nearly making sense and then… not.

The mother was intrigued and, being an artist, imagery began popping and flowing into her head. She wondered what these poems would look like! The daughter wondered too, and thus began the Mother-Daughter Project.

Amber Neely says that writing has been a constant in her life for as long as she can remember. She began journaling when she was about nine years old and has continued to do so, taking intermissions when things get particularly difficult, particularly easy, or when she feels as though she is being particularly lazy. “I think I began writing as a way of processing unrealized dissociative episodes as a child. Through the process of writing, I was able to remind, or rather, convince myself that I am here. I could look back and have a clear narrative of my life with no re-elaboration, regardless of what was happening. I have never shared my writing with anyone other than my very close family and a couple of friends. Nowadays, I write when I need to. When everything in me is locked or crumpled up, or disintegrating before my eyes. I write to put words to that which I cannot express in any other way. Often it is inspired by dreams, or some experience that feels too heavy or too magical to leave inside. I believe in writing more than I believe in anything else.”

Linda Neely’s first clear memories of making art happened on brown paper bag book covers in school. Her MFA degree has provided her the good fortune to explore and make art in ways she never would have considered on her own. “If I were to consider my art as a whole, I would say I am interested in creating places, environments of wonder, awe and safety, not necessarily all together. I have several favorite mediums. Often what I’m imagining dictates the medium. I have travelled the world with an openness to awe and wonder, finding it in surprising places. I have also studied surrealism extensively: surrealism in art, writing, film and architecture. When I read Amber’s poetry, I am in awe of the imagery it creates in one’s mind. Her method of writing also intrigues me. I suppose it was inevitable we would work on this project together. I am grateful she agreed.”

The Mother-Daughter Project will be on display in The Granucci Gallery at The Center for the Arts from Thursday, February 18, through Friday, March 26, 2021. The gallery, located at 314 West Main Street in downtown Grass Valley, is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 4:00 p.m. There will be a Zoom Artist Q&A on Wednesday, March 3. Visit thecenterforthearts.org to RSVP and for more information.

WHAT: Amber & Linda Neely: The Mother Daughter Project
WHEN: Art Opening, Thursday, February 18, 2021 | Exhibit On Display February 18 – March 26, 2021
WHERE: 314 W. Main Street Grass Valley, CA
WEBSITE: https://thecenterforthearts.org/event/the-mother-daughter-project/
ADMISSION: Free
INFO: thecenterforthearts.org | 530-274-8384 | gallery@thecenterforthearts.org