Sept. 6, 2016 — The Gallery at the Rhodes Arts Center (RAC) opens its 2016–17 exhibition season with new work by Greenfield, Mass., artist Whitney C. Robbins. The exhibition, titled “akin,” runs from Sept. 16 to Oct. 15.
An opening reception is set for Friday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 pm in the gallery.
Robbins is a visual artist and former middle-school art teacher who works in a range of media, including collage, painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, and sculpture.
“I chase ideas,” Robbins explains on her website. “I believe in honing my skills, practicing my powers of observation, and finding new avenues to communicate what is on my mind and in my heart.”
Robbins says she comes from a long line of naturalists, and animals figure prominently in her body of solo work. She also collaborates with her partner in art and life, Marjorie Morgan. Their Greenfield studio is called Woolly Mammoth.
Robbins says she “has been taking photos and making art since she could hold a chubby crayon and dance with a wooden pull toy,” and counts artists as diverse as Paul Klee, John Singer Sargent, and Vivian Maier among her creative influences. She is a graduate of Brown University.
The RAC gallery is open 10 am to 7 pm on weekdays and 1 to 5 pm on weekends.
Image: "Bat Man (Costa Rica)" (detail) by Whitney C. Robbins