New VACI exhibit ‘ROY G BIV’ opens with all colors of the rainbow in Strohl

  • Mary Didoardo's "Little Bird" in the ROY G BIV exhibit in the Bellowe Family Galleries of the Strohl Art Center, Friday, June 22, 2018. BRIAN HAYES/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER in the Bellowe Family Galleries in the second floor of the Stroll Art Center, Friday, June 22, 2018. BRIAN HAYES/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Other exhibits at Strohl and Fowler- Kellogg art centers this summer have featured splashes of bright colors — some pink in a couple paintings or sculptures, a little red in others. One exhibit opening today, “ROY G BIV,” aims to represent all of them.

“ROY G BIV” (an acronym for the colors of the rainbow) opened with a reception Wednesday, June 27 in Strohl Art Center.

Judy Barie, Susan and Jack Turben Director of Galleries, said she tries to include a “balance” of different mediums in the exhibits she stages.

“I look at each show that I do as one piece, and how (the individual pieces and mediums) work together as one,” Barie said.

The exhibit was popular with students from nearby elementary and middle schools, who previewed it last week. Part of the reason Barie decided to stage “ROY G BIV” at the beginning of the summer was so students could tour the exhibit and learn how to craft their own color wheels.

The exhibit features three different artists and mediums: metal sculptures by Ted Larsen, ceramics by Deborah Sigel and paintings by Mary Didoardo.

According to his website, Larsen’s works “supply commentary on minimalist belief systems and the ultimate importance of High Art practice.” This is his second time at Chautauqua.

Sigel specializes in ceramic sculpture. Her pieces in the show are flowers of various colors.

“ROY G BIV” marks both Sigel’s and Didoardo’s first times being featured at a Chautauqua gallery.

“I certainly like the theme,” Didoardo said. “It gave me a chance, in my mind, to really emphasize the color in my work. Sometimes it was an invitation to go for really pure colors, and I enjoyed that.”

Didoardo said her paintings are “very layered,” and that “it takes a while for them to come together, so they’re always a surprise.”

“I consider my paintings that I am drawn to as having a lot to read on the surface as well,” Didoardo said. “So I hope that (visitors) look at things on all levels, and enjoy them close up and from a distance.”

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Kirby Davis covers visual arts for The Chautauquan Daily. The proud Clevelander is a rising senior and a journalism/American studies double major at Miami University in Ohio. When she’s not writing, Kirby is probably watching a movie, re-watching “Gilmore Girls” or brainstorming potential names for her future pet corgi.