On May 6, Bernay Fine Art will open The Familiar Unknown, a new show curated by Sue Muskat and Phil Knoll. The show will feature work by twenty-two artists from the Hudson Valley, the Berkshires, and the New York Metropolitan area. The artists in the show are: Max Miller, Faile, Amanda Marie Mason, Susan Bee, Jenny Kemp, Matt LaFleur, Wayne Koestenbaum, Katie Rubright, Giordanne Salley, Dan Perkins, Margot Glass,Colin Hunt, John Franklin, Lindsay Walt, Sally Saul, Peter Saul, Karen Lederer, Judith Braun, Mary Jo Vath, Kathy Osborn, Deborah Zlotsky and Michael St. John.
The title, The Familiar Unknown, refers to a reexamination of a life that we once took for granted and are now not sure of. The world we live in today is somewhat out of control with the challenges to our democracy, our rights as individuals and global warming. The twenty-two artists in this show are very aware of our ever-changing environment and are engaged in the issues that surround us. They use their art to send their message.
Sue Muskat and Phil Knoll, the curators of The Familiar Unknown, are both artists and friends of the gallery. Over the last couple years, BFA has been looking to expand our reach by trying new and different approaches; we are excited to bring a new set of eyes to the gallery space. Sue and Phil, who curated the fantastic Shimmer show at the
Berkshire Botanical Garden last year, were the obvious choice. By design none of the talented artists in the new show have shown work at the gallery previously. Sue and Phil’s projects always involve high quality art, brilliant artists, and a natural gift for bringing our art community together. We are extremely excited to be working with them
on this new journey.
Please join us for the opening of The Familiar Unknown on Saturday, May 6 with a reception for the artists from 4-6 PM. The exhibit will run through Sunday, June 4th.
Giordanne Salley, 2022, Moon Water Portrait, oil and paper on canvas, 30″ x 28″
Kathy Osborn, 2023, Mountain View, oil on art board, 14″ x 10″