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September 11
Most of us initially responded to the terrorist attacks on September 11 with tears, cathartic talking, and compulsive TV watching. But artist Eda Easton also turned to paint and paper to express her feelings. As she listened to news reports, she began drawing what she saw or imagined. In a series of six watercolor paintings on acrylic paper, Easton captures scenes of panic, escape, and the search for survivors. As she writes in an artist statement: “I imagined the first wave of people trying to escape the doomed buildings and those who succeeded in getting away from the flames and falling debris. The agonizing and fruitless search for survivors during the next few days formed another image in my mind: how small people are in relation to a mountain of smoldering rubble which once represented two symbolically grand and proud buildings. It was amazing to see that New Yorkers, who are known to be narrowly focused and to ignore or even avoid each other, suddenly grouped together and communicated. It seems that a big price had to be paid to make this happen.” In other images called “The Herd” and “The Crusade,” Easton worries about “the blind following of the people,” and questions the wisdom “to make war against an undefined and elusive enemy.” Primarily a sculptor, she has exhibited widely in this country and abroad, and her work is held in many private and public collections. Her September 11 watercolors feature figures with mythic, sculptural qualities.

Space near the exhibit will be provided for viewers’ comments on the September 11 events and their aftermath.

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