Kingston, NY – The Arts Society of Kingston is pleased to present two visual art exhibitions in May:
I/We Still Count!, a solo exhibition from Margery Schab and Embodiment, our monthly Members Exhibition. These two exhibitions will be featured at the
ASK galleries at 97 Broadway in Kingston
I/We Still Count! (Voices from Nursing Homes) is an exhibition of portrait photography of nursing home residents. The photographer is Margery Schab and the exhibition will also include recorded and printed texts from the photographer’s interviews with the residents as well as her own impressions.
Ms. Schab strives to reveal the spirit of life, through this medium she has chosen. Due to Covid-19, over 170,000 American residents in nursing homes and in assisted living facilities have tragically died. Thus this multi-media project could not be more timely. I/We Still Count! (Voices from Nursing Homes) encompasses all three of Ms. Schab’s missions: to make a positive impact politically, socially, and artistically.
Twenty years ago, due to personal circumstances, the artist was inspired to use her photographic skills, over several years, to reveal the humanity and the relevance of residents in a nursing home, where she had visited her husband. Her focus was on the residents’ outlook on their lives. The project expanded to additional nursing homes in New York State.
Through these portraits, it was the artist’s intent that the viewer personally meets these residents. The residents wanted such an honest engagement with other human beings. This 20-year-old project is now revised, all proper names are eliminated, new images found, and the sitters’ and the photographer’s stories more starkly revealed. Hence the title, I/We Still Count! (Voices from Nursing Homes).
Today, we cannot enter nursing homes or assisted living facilities because of this pandemic. It is only through such a project, that we can look directly into these residents very persona. They touch us, they inspire us, they reveal what is truly important in our lives. Through their portraits and texts, these residents touch our lives. “It is of utmost importance that we celebrate them; for I believe that the sick, elderly and the disabled are vital and integral components of our society.” – Margery Schab
Margery Schab is an accomplished photographer and painter. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and NYU’s Steinhardt School, with additional training at the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography. Her work has been exhibited globally, with solo exhibitions at The National Alpine Museum of Switzerland and Camera Club of New York. Ms. Schab resides in Woodstock, NY.
ASK’s Members Exhibition this month is Embodiment. Every month ASK provides a prompt for our members to respond to and this May we’ve asked our members to fuse emotion with form; take the ephemeral and make it manifest!
The Arts Society of Kingston is a membership led, multi-arts center in Kingston, New York. Founded in 1995, ASK has been host to hundreds of exhibitions, performances and workshops over the past 26 years.
ASK is located at 97 Broadway in Kingston, NY.
Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 1– 6 pm, and by appointment.
For additional information please contact Brent Felker, 845.338.0333
Photograph (c) 2021 Margery Schab featured in "I/We Still Count!" at Arts Society of Kingston in May
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