Trident Gallery Director Matthew Swift writes,

Dear Friends,
I am very pleased to announce that Trident Gallery now has a new, more comprehensive, and better organized web site at Trident.Gallery.
The content and design should be familiar to visitors of other contemporary gallery sites. Nearly a thousand images of works of art available for purchase are already online, and over the next few weeks, we will regularly be adding more images of art, documentation of past exhibitions and performances, introductions to artists and series, artists’ statements, publications, press clippings, and other news and information. I hope you will enjoy browsing the art and find the site increasingly informative and useful.
I also write to introduce the exhibition Nest, Trident Gallery’s third collaboration with the Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon to present a program of visual and performance art with a natural history theme.
1842; hand-colored lithograph; 21 x 27 in.
1842; hand-colored lithograph; 21 x 27 in.

Through the subject matter of birds’ nests, the art in this exhibition explores themes of human connection with the natural world. By juxtaposing 19th- and 21st-century works of art, it also explores how our connection with nature has changed over time and opens a dialogue with 19th century America, the era of the frontier, through a common interest in the natural world.
Nest introduces the Trident audience to California artist and author Sharon Beals, who has taken an extraordinary and widely admired series of photographs of birds’ nests in museum collections. The nests were constructed over a span of more than a hundred years and sometimes include materials revealing the human world in which these birds lived: sheep’s wool, newspaper, a plastic twist tie.
The exhibition engages particularly with birds’ nests as emblems of shelter and as monuments in the cycle of life and death. The performances develop these themes as well as foster a sympathetic connection between frontier-era and contemporary sensibilities. I invite you to attend either of two seatings of Nest: The Performancesthis Saturday, February 6th, at 7:00pm and 8:30pm.  As always, performances are free; a $10 donation to the artists is suggested.  Walk-ins are welcome; a fixed number of seats may also be reserved — the new preferred way is to respond online on the event page. Please see the description below for further information. As I write, all reserved seats for the 7:00pm seating are spoken for.
A wine and cheese reception will be held the next Saturday, February 13th, 5-7pm.
I am also very pleased to say that the Rocky Neck Art Colony has joined Trident Gallery in establishing a winter tradition of exhibitions and programming celebrating the birds of Cape Ann and the nature of all Massachusetts in partnership with Mass Audubon, with the wider aim of reaffirming human continuity with the natural world and the power of art to deepen our sensibilities. Rocky Neck Art Colony’s exhibition of multi-media avian art For The Birds will be on view January 28 – March 6. A talk on John James Audubon by ornithologist Chris Leahy will be on Thursday, February 11, 7pm, at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck.
Matthew Swift



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