All Photos courtesy Susan Sechler Luss
The Green Door gallery was created at the Divine Mercy Cultural Center to foster a sense of community in the Williamsburg neighborhood. The venue was initiated by Father Thomas Vassalotti, who, along with Father Paul Anel of Heart’s Home, reached out to the artist and curator Elisa Jensen with the wish to connect to the many artists in the neighborhood.
In response Jensen has organized for their inaugural exhibition “Return to Light”, a group show comprised of mostly local artists, who altogether refer to the moment of the year at which the days begin to grow longer. Running the gamut from painting and drawing to installation and sculpture, the artists’ works draw upon light in diverse ways – some depict light in nature, some play with the viewer’s perception of light, and others refer to light either symbolically or metaphorically.
In the press release for the exhibition Jensen explains that the exhibition opened on February second because it is a day on which people celebrate light in diverse cultural contexts – in Ireland, it is recognized as the feast day, St. Brigit, who is said to have had an ever-burning fire at her monastery in Kildare; in the Catholic Church this day marks the Feast of the Presentation, when the baby Jesus was praised as “the light of nations” by the prophet Simeon: in France it is called Jour des Crêpes or Fêtes de la Lumière: For Celts it was one of the four ancient fire festival days; it is the birthday of James Joyce, the luminary literary figure; In America it is Groundhog Day; and finally, in Williamsburg it is a get together occasion to celebrate the light of the sun, light of the eye, and light of the spirit.
The artists featured: Sarah Bedford, Lenka Curtin, Paul D’Agostino, John Descarfino, Rico Gatson, Sophie Grant, Elisa Jensen, Kerry Law, Susan Luss, Natalie Moore, Ron Milewicz, Ellie Murphy, Linda Nagaoka, Kelly Parr, Mary Temple, Carrie Waldman, Sally Webster.
“Return to Light”
Green Door Gallery at the Divine Mercy Cultural Center is located at the corner of Skillman and Humboldt Streets in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, not far from the Graham Avenue stop of the L Train.