October 24, 2021

Rock Garden Group show antidote to winter

Katie Keyser/contributing photographer

Jae Oh of Homer talks about her sculpture Tuesday that honors her father’s memory by capturing a poem he wrote about the Cortland area. This is one of the works that will be featured at the Rock Garden Art Group Show that opens Friday at the Center for the Arts of Homer.

Jae Oh of Homer said her father is her role model.

When the late Hang Yung Lee, a lawyer, professor and poet, sent her a poem about the Cortland area, she put it into a series of seven sculptures.

“I wanted to pay tribute to him with this work,” she said.

The poem is reprinted in Korean on large stone-like works she created. The “Memories of Cortland” series, which extols the area’s beauty, is part of the 16th annual Rock Garden Art Group Show that opens with a reception 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Center for the Arts of Homer.

If you go

• What: The 16th annual Rock Garden Art Group Show
• When: Opens Friday with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m.; through April 14
• Where: Center for the Arts of Homer, 72 St. Main St.
• Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Friday and by appointment, 607-749-4900

The works of Bryna Silbert, Melissa Sarat, Liz Sharp, Cheri Sheridan, Terri Gardner Fendya, Linda Armstrong and Sandy Yahner will also be on display at the 72 S. Main St., center through April 14. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and by appointment at 607-749-4900.

“I was thinking about how can I keep my father’s poem near me, permanently,” Oh said. She will place the sculptures in her outdoor garden.

Fabric art, paintings and nature installations are all part of the mix in the rock garden show.

“We never set a theme for this show,” said Terri Fendya, gallery manager at the Center for the Arts. “I can see there’s some bright, sunny pieces here with these lights we have here,” she said, a harbinger of spring.

The show, typically in the fall, was postponed to March because the gallery was undergoing a renovation that included new lighting.

Sarat, a painter, is showing off “little quiet still lifes” of flowers and plants she painted in her Preble garden last summer.

Silbert, of Freeville, is showing three female sculptures that have been collaged with images by famous artists. They are in various poses and pull the viewer in, telling a story. One sculpture, “Courage,” features a woman who had a mastectomy.

Silbert has been working on the sculptures for years and only recently gave them a layer of collage from newspapers with images of famous art work, many modern in design.

“It’s work that speaks to me,” she said.