December 3, 2022 – January 29, 2023
Pamela Zagarenski, Day and Night, acrylic gold leaf, 55 x 22 inches.
This winter, the Lyman Allyn presents new works by Pamela Zagarenski, artist, writer and Caldecott Honor Award-winning illustrator of books including Sleep Like a Tiger, Aesop’s Fables and Red Sings from Tree Tops. With paintings that draw on sacred geometry and healing traditions from around the world, The Circle Game invites visitors young and old to enter into paintings brimming with animals, mystical figures and faraway places. Evoking the wonder of both the extraordinary and the mundane, this exhibition celebrates the dualities of life—light and dark, love and hate, good and bad—in a spirit of magical exploration.
Left to right: Seeing, acrylic gold leaf, 21 x 34 inches; Thoth, acrylic gold leaf, 21 x 34 inches, The Seed, acrylic, 21 x 34 inches.
I try to remember that we are all the keepers of this spherical inn. Light and dark, winter and summer, spring and fall, young and old, love and hate, good and bad, war and peace, and life and death will always simultaneously exist. This blink of time we call life is an incomprehensible gift. I crave understanding. I yearn for the innocence of childhood. And so I paint without preconceived notions about rights and wrongs. My quest’s only structure is that awe-inspiring circle that brings me back to the center and reveals in our conversation what to say to you with my brush. And together with humility, we go ’round and ’round and ’round, in the circle game.
— Pamela Zagarenski