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Fall Exhibition: Coming Home

June 20 through Saturday, September 12

The "Coming Home" exhibit involves interpretations of the theme by over 50 artists. The exhibit is free to the public. We ask that visitors to the Gallery observe social distancing and, until restrictions are lifted, wear masks covering the nose and mouth.

From our earliest childhood, we have all heard the theme repeated endlessly: "Home Sweet Home; "Home is where the heart is; There's no place like home;" etc. Probably no word in the English language is more charged with sentiment than the word "home." Yet, the phrase "coming home" can signify vastly different events and places. To most of us, "coming home" means a literal return to a place of habitation, to the site of our upbringing, be it a plot of land or a community of people, or to the place of a transfiguring experience. To Nathaniel Hawthorne, home was a locality associated with his family heritage, and return to Salem was something of an inevitability:

This long connection of a family with one spot, as its place of birth and burial, creates a kindred between the human being and the locality, quite independent of any charm in the scenery or moral circumstances that surround him. It is not love, but instinct. (The Scarlet Letter)

But the return need not be physical or the "home" a literal place. "Coming home" may signify return to a mental state, such as a state of certainty, or to a condition of comfort and safeguard. And, of course, the act of coming home has a rich body of metaphoric possibilities. To mention only one, the epitaph inscribed on Robert Louis Stevenson's tomb is familiar:

Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
And the hunter, home from the hill.

The "Coming Home" exhibit involves interpretations of the theme by over fifty artists. The exhibit begins Saturday, June 20 and continues through Saturday, September 12. The exhibit is free to the public, but we ask that visitors to the Gallery observe social distancing and, until restrictions are lifted, wear masks covering the nose and mouth.

Artists Participating in the "Coming Home" Exhibit:
Abraham, Darryl
Baker, Chris
Bornarth, Phil
Bouyoucos, Kristine
Bryce Ely, Phyllis
Buchan, Mary
Chalk, Todd
Chen, Alice
Crawford, Paula
Dorsey, David
Dungan, Anthony
Durand, Elizabeth
Easton, Ray
Edlund, Carolyn
Fox, Barbara
Germanow, Jacquie
Gurnett, Margery
Hall, Deborah
Heischman, Denise
Heischman, Bob
Hewitt Towsley, Jan
Houseman, Charles
Insalaco, Tom
Jenks, Richard
Keyser, Bill
Kim, Olivia
King Black, Jappie
Latypova, Alexandra
Malone, Kristin
McLaren, Amy
Miller, Susan
Mink, Barbara
Morgan, Sarah
Mosner, Daniel
Muscarella, Lenny
Noonan, Fran
Santelli, Bill
Schroeder, Ryan
Sheller, g.a.
Singer, Alan
Stephens, Jean K.
Stephens, Bill
Stevens, Roland
Stewart, Debra
Timm, Kate
Townsend, Ken
Tribastone, Pat
van Otterloo, Bridget
Whitfield, Doug
Williams, Wayne
Witucki, Sean
Contemporary ArtChris Baker, Home Less

Contemporary ArtBill Santelli, Driving Home

Contemporary ArtCarolyn Edlund, When Home Won't Let You Stay

Contemporary ArtDavid Dorsey, Renunciation

Contemporary ArtMargery Gurnett, To You I Will Always Return


Contemporary ArtOlivia Kim, When I Dance With You


Contemporary ArtPatricia Tribastone, Home Cooking


Contemporary ArtTom Insalaco, Origins #2


Contemporary ArtAmy McLaren, Three Women