An afternoon reception for “News From the Woods,” paintings by Debby Kaspari, will feature a talk by the artist on Sunday, September 20, beginning at 2:00 pm, with the reception continuing until 4:00 pm. The gallery will open at 1:00pm for you to enjoy her beautiful art and light refreshments as you visit with the artist and gain understanding of her paintings.
During a residency in Massachusetts’s Harvard Forest, Kaspari wandered the woods looking for birds. She found mill foundations, cellar holes, stone quarries and the scattered relics of once-thriving farms and villages remaining by the thousands, waiting to be discovered under ferns, mosses and huge trees and to be recorded artistically by Debby as “News from The Woods.”
Kaspari found diaries, ledger books and letters in Harvard’s historical archives written by the people who built and lived on these sites. Many of these narratives accompany the artworks, telling stories of cattle-trading, cider making, and cotton mill inventories as well as ambition, love, and tragic loss.
Debby Kaspari grew up in Berkeley and graduated from California College of the Arts in 1981. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums around the country, including solo exhibits at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Oklahoma State Capitol’s Governor’s Gallery and JRB Art at the Elms.
For information on this and other Depot programs phone 405 307-9320. Programs at The Depot are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council and by generous program donors.