Featured artist Virginia Ray (far left) gets the display help she needs from fellow members Sarah Logan (middle), Alexander Anderson (right), and a good level!
Virginia's rarely shown Hair Piece, a collection of 245 locks of hair from friends and strangers, hangs neatly in rows like a foreign language.
Since hanging the show, Virginia learned a wonderful story about the mysterious seed pods used in her installation, "Light Above." Long ago she’d gotten a bag full of the seeds from a floral supply shop with nothing more than a label saying ‘Angel Wings’. At the recent opening, a woman who’d lived in Nepal and India told her the seeds come from a large long pod stuffed with the papery surprises. People often give the seeds as good luck charms, and monasteries string them up for holy events— much like the gallery installation!! A local Tibetan confirms this, adding the seeds are sometimes burned and used for medicine. All of this unbeknownst to the artist, who now smiles widely hearing the source of the magic.
Throughout August, Flags of Kindness welcomes all to Virginia Ray's Show, "A Grateful Life," at Northcoast Artists Gallery.