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A Time for Blue

January 20, 2017March 26, 2017

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To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

A Time for Blue, on view at Trident Gallery through March 26, is a themed exhibition of art organized first of all around the color blue, but strongly influenced by the many meanings and echoes of the words “time” and “blue.”

Time: era, moment, fit period; occasion; trial; tempo, meter; enforced duty; and many more.

Blue: the pure color of a clear sky; melancholy, dismal; not red; indecent; blasphemous; discolored by cold, contusion, fear, or vascular collapse; stemming from rigid morals. Blues: songs marked by frequent occurrence of blue (flatted) notes; blue military uniforms, the police; and more.

In the Trident Gallery context, the most unusual works on display are two early “Blue Dog” silkscreen prints from 1993 by the Cajun artist George Rodrigue (1944–2013), and an early pastel drawing of Gloucester from 1958 by Nell Blaine (1922–1996). Several paintings by Zygmund Jankowski and Peter Lyons have not been exhibited previously at Trident Gallery. Other works of art are shown again in the new light of this exhibition.