Monastery Artists open
The artist’s mission: break free from
By Caitlin Yorke
The Monastery Artists Collective is a
group of professional artists who have
joined together to remind people of the
power of art and its ability to change
The group, formed by Jaime Grady and Aaron Slater in 2005, has done
several shows around Manchester. Their latest show, “Words on a Flier,”
opened Saturday, Feb. 25, in the mill building at 21 W. Auburn St. The
event drew a solid crowd, in spite of the snowy weather.
The presentation included Monastery Artists, poetry readings from Spoken
Word Productions and music courtesy of DJ Justin Bailey from 4Front
Records/ Bridge St. Café.
The theme of the show was communication, using the power of art to
express thoughts and feelings. There was even a video camera installed
so that viewers could make their own tapes to interact with the artists
and ask questions and make comments about pieces.
Each artist seemed to have a different idea that he wanted to portray
through his art. Some of the ideas were clearly manifested and others
were clear and obvious showings of talent.
The top floor of the Manchester Mills on West Auburn Street was a
fitting place to have the down-to-earth and laid-back opening. The
gallery featured works from 10 local artists of mixed media including
many oil paintings.
theme that ran in many of the artists’ biographies, posted under each
section of work, was the need to break free. Each artist did seem to
break free, at least from the cultural norms of aesthetic art, to create
abstract and completely unique pieces of artwork.
The gallery proved extremely thought-provoking, each work forcing the
viewer to really think in order to find the true meaning. Each artist
conveyed his ideas wonderfully through the often difficult world of
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