Sara Pedigo’s “Postscripts” Exhibition to Open in Barton Art Galleries on March 16

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WILSON, N.C. — March 16, 2020 — The spring semester is a great time for art lovers, especially those with an interest in observational painting. Barton Art Galleries is pleased to announce the opening of artist Sara Pedigo’s new exhibition, “Postscripts,” in the Barton Art Galleries on Monday, March 16. The exhibition will be on view through Friday, April 17. Gallery hours will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

About the artist — 

Sara Pedigo grew up in the American South. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 2007. She currently serves as a professor and Chair of Visual and Performing Arts Department at Flagler College located in Saint Augustine, Fla., her undergraduate alma mater.

Pedigo has exhibited nationally, with solo exhibitions at Western Illinois University, Furman University, College of Southern Nevada, and Barton College, as well as Arts on Douglas, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and Wynn Bone Gallery in Annapolis, Md.

Group exhibitions include the Cue Foundation, First Street Gallery, and Blue Mountain Gallery in New York City, Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, and the Naples Art Museum in Naples, Fla. In 2006, Pedigo was included in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., and received a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant. Her artwork has been the cover art for publications including “Ivory Tower,” a journal of poetry published by the University of Delhi, “Play Button,” poems by Liz Robbins published by Cider Press Review, and “Minetta Review,” a literary and arts publication at New York University.

Regarding thoughts about her painting practice, Pedigo shared, “My artistic practice focuses on a search for contentment and pleasure in undramatic everyday surroundings, emanating from a desire to generate gratitude for living. Author Sir Hustvedt wrote, ‘I love painting because, in its immutable stillness, it seems to exist outside of time in a way no other art can. The longer I live the more I would like to put the world in suspension and grip the present before it’s eaten by the next second and becomes the past.’ Collectively, my artworks serve as a testament to being both mentally and physically present in the world; a direct consequence of recognizing the perplexing paradigm known as death. My revelation of life’s fragility has transformed my worldview and manifested in a practice of continually seeking gratification through the act of looking. Author Alain de Botton succinctly says, ‘It is in a dialogue with pain that many beautiful things acquire their value.’ For me, this value is often translated through perceiving and recording transitive states of light. Light mediates our perception of the world and is highly influential in my life and to each of my artworks. Light is the singular requirement for all life, and is the source of our perceived experience. Light is the arbiter of color, form, space, and ultimately visual memories.”

For more information about this exhibition, contact Maureen O’Neill, Director of Exhibitions and Educational Programming at the Barton Art Galleries at(252) 399-6477 or artgalleries@barton.edu.

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