Saas has something in store

In our January issue, we introduced you to the work of Pelham-based milliner and illustrator Susan Saas.

We had met up with her through the Pelham Art Center and were captivated by her creativity.

It was so nice to hear about her latest project, as recently announced by the art center.

“Souvenir Shop” will open Oct. 25, part of The Storefront Project of the center.

The pop-up exhibition, which will be featured through Nov. 9, is described by the center as “a collection of mixed media pieces, including illustrative furniture and wearable art documenting the artist’s journey so far, with her stops along the way.

“The artwork in this exhibition represents different times, moments and flashes; things remembered, memories one wishes one could forget or relive and finally acceptance of the past and the drive to move forward. These works are simple objects created to trigger memories while also transporting the viewer back in time. Lastly, this exhibition is a collection of fragments and trinkets, pieced together in a time-line like a clothesline with the memories in conversation adding up one after the other.

“The artist believes ‘We all are like souvenir shops with the people, places and things we have experienced traveling with us. These experiences never leave us. Little remembrances bring us back to different times and we can relive these moments in thought and feeling. If we didn’t have cameras, would we remember things better? Replay them on the movie projector in our heads? What do you take away from experiences? What do you give?’”

We look forward to seeing the work – and that will be quite easy to do, as passersby can view the show round-the-clock through the storefront windows of 156 Fifth Ave., across the street from the art center. All featured work is for sale and details on purchasing them are available through the art center.

The Storefront Project opening will coincide with the center’s Mexican Day of the Dead event, to be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 25. The art center is at 155 Pelham Ave.

For more, visit pelhamartcenter.org. – Mary Shustack

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