Thursday, February 17, 2011

Mercy Gallery

The Loomis Chaffee School's Mercy Gallery includes a permanent exhibition featuring sculpture by Evelyn Beatrice Longdon Batchelder. Ms. Batchelder was the wife of the first headmaster of the school. She was an eminent sculptor in her own right, who studied under Daniel Chester French and worked with him on the Lincoln Memorial.

Long corridors in the arts center display artwork everywhere, on just about every surface. At left is part of a current exhibition of work by members of the Loomis community. This is a series of photographs of dancers by Jeff Holcombe, a longtime member of the Loomis math and science faculty.  I had some doubts about the propriety of including photos of works by students, so I decided not to show any.  Trust me, though, that there are some very talented artists among the students.

23 comments:

Kate said...

I have shown artwork by students in the past after getting permission from the head of the fine arts department in my former school. As long as the students' names are not published, I'd assume it's all right. I'd love to see their work, too. Faculty at these independent schools often are very talented. Since my former school is within walking distance of my home, I frequently meet colleagues during lunch hour there and ALWAYS visit the art studios. I have now purchased work produced by artists who were former students...such a thrill. I've posted some of the art on my blog in the past. Love seeing those at this school, too.

Sharon said...

There is some wonderful works in your photo!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Great gallery for that school which appears to have natural light. I am always impressed with student artists and glad to see this creativity encouraged and fostered at this school and in the community.

Bises,
G

Lois said...

It's so great that they have a strong arts program! My son is a graphic designer and would have loved to go to a school like that.

Cezar and Léia said...

Stunning exhibition and I'm enchanted by the "angel"at the first shot.The girls are also beautiful!I would be hours visiting such a wonderful place!
Léia

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joo said...

Lovely exhibition - it's amazing that school has such a great gallery!

youth_in_asia said...

What a great gallery. I hope the students realize how lucky they are to have that resource.

JM said...

Both pics are great. Wonderful gallery.

RedPat said...

Wonderful that the students are exposed to so much art!

cieldequimper said...

I love the angle of your second shot. It's great that there is so much art around, including BBQ books! ;-)

Halcyon said...

Looks like there is a nice mix of modern and more classic works as well. I like that in a gallery.

Leif Hagen said...

Looks like a fun and artsy place to visit! Why didn't you call me?

jennyfreckles said...

What a marvellous facility and some lovely art works there.

Regina K said...

What a great place to visit. Nice to see such wonderful artwork.

Farmchick said...

Really beautiful pieces in this photo.

Randy said...

These are wonderful. I am so happy you posted these.

VP said...

I like the sculptures and the photos, I am sure that most of the students will take advantage of this artistic environment.

Honest Abe Lincoln said...

Trust is given. What you have shown is remarkable.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Beautiful and informative photos.I particularly like the way you engage with the spirit of your city and community.

Mo said...

Superb works here

SRQ said...

Interesting info about Batchelder working on the Lincoln Memorial. Love the angle of the second shot -- well done.

Gunn said...

Great place and great ART!
Thanks for sharing!:)
Enjoy your weekend!