"Nature is inside art as its content, not outside as its model"
-- Longinus On the Sublime
"People are starved for the truth, and when something comes along that even looks like the truth, people will latch onto it because everything's so false."
-- Sam Shepard Myths, Dreams, Realities-Sam Shepard's America, NYT 1984
"The task of art today is to bring chaos into order."
-- Theodor Adorno Minima Moralia: Reflections on a Damaged Life
There exist a dominant trusting tradition in most parts of the rural world, to leave the gate or door unlocked.
Attaining the ability to practice this peaceful existenial mindset is one of an unspoken affirmation buoyed by an innate act of faith.
This act of trust, potentially grants us unimpeded access to another's inner sanctum filled with a lifetime of acquired treasures, possibly including living flora and fauna, along with consumable elements for the sustenance of daily life. We are permitted admission to a safe haven, not of our own making.
Equally, the Unlatched artists and their creative offerings, presented here, afford us an opportunity to upend the entropy of the turmoil persistant throughout today's world by providing a respite from the prevailing pervasive negativity with a moment of solace exuded by their inherent authenticity. Allocating us with a nourishment of truth...
Push on the door, come in, move from one piece to the next... your entry and discovery is a welcome freedom.
Hazel Larsen Archer
Henry G. Sanchez
James A Brown
Trudi Van Dyke - "New Contemporary Art Museum Launches Its First Show"
Mountain Courier, Volume 25, No 6, pages 18-19, June 2018, illus. color (PDF 644kb)
Max Lee - "Strasburg art museum hopes to provide community with overlooked art, education"
The Northern Virginia Daily, Volume 132, No 136, pages 1 & 3, Saturday June 9, 2018, illus. color
Max Lee - "New Strasburg museum focuses on modern art"
The Winchester Star Online, Wednesday June 13, 2018, illus. color
Max Lee - "Strasburg man opens Shenandoah Museum of Contemporary Art "
The Winchester Star, Volume 122, No 291, WEEKEND pages B6 -7, Thursday June 14, 2018, illus. color