June 16, 1999
Hastings Center Exhibits Imogene Drummond Neo-Organic Paintings
First art exhibition at center in Garrison
“Hearts and Seeds,” an inaugural art exhibit of neo-organic paintings and collages by Garrison artist Imogene Drummond, is being held at The Hastings Center in Garrison from June 4 through October 4. The Hastings Center is an interdisciplinary research institute that addresses ethical issues in the areas of health, medicine and the environment. This is the first art exhibit The Hastings Center has hosted.
The exhibit is a mini-retrospective of Ms. Drummond’s mature art, the result of ten years of painting expeditions to sacred sites around the world. Much of Ms. Drummond’s art explores the theme of metamorphosis. In her collages and paintings created beginning in 1988, Ms. Drummond explores ancient sacred symbols and their place in modern culture. Adam and Eve, the Minoan Snake Goddess, and modern media icon “Cine-Ma” are depicted in paper cut-outs from graphics printed in multiple languages. Paintings from Ms. Drummond’s 1990 series entitled “Dark Rider/Blue Meadow” dramatically adorn The Hastings Center’s spacious library and conference room. In one mural sized painting, a gigantic silver shell floats over an Elysium blue cosmic space. The exhibit culminates in Ms. Drummond’s 1995 paintings from her vibrant, neo-organic “Hearts and Seeds” series. These images deal with the resilience of nature, and are affirmations of the life-force. For example, in the painting “Radiant, My Love” a heart-shaped lotus blooms in a sun-lit sea.
A world traveler and painter, Ms. Drummond became a member of The Society of Woman Geographers in 1996 as a result of her painting expeditions and work. The artwork in this exhibition was created by Ms. Drummond in Crete, Bali, Hawaii, India, Vermont and New York.
A reception to meet the artist will be held on Thursday, June 24, from 5 to 7 pm. The reception is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Please call The Hastings Center at 424-4040 for a reservation or more information. The Hastings Center is located in the former Malcolm Gordon School on route 9D in Garrison.