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FENCE POSTS mark a path


The Compass team is delighted and honored to present this fabulous exhibit by our friend and Brandon neighbor Laura King. This is an important event for us, being the first public showing since re-opening after the pandemic.

”FENCEPOSTS mark a path is a collection of over one hundred artworks representing a journey of discovery and reflection during the pandemic winter 2021 by artist and educator Laura King. The title, Fence Posts, refers to specific themes of personal strength King uncovered while completing a 120-day art challenge. The exhibit shares King's artistic journey and illustrates how art can play an essential role, whether it be stirring, expressive, poignant or empowering during a challenging time. The exhibit runs from September 24th to November 5th 2021, with an opening reception on the 24h September 5pm -7pm in the main Exhibition Hall at the Compass Music and Art Center.

A statement by the artist outlining the process that led up to the exhibit:-

“Winter, 2021. The pandemic showed no sign of waning, and I found myself spending most of my days working hard as a teacher and instructional coach through my laptop screen. It was so challenging to work in public education during this time, given all the safety parameters and the worries we had for our students and families, including our own. My family had gotten a puppy, Maggie, the spring before, and she definitely lifted spirits in our house.  Yet I knew I needed to do something to center myself - to address the feelings of anxiety and isolation created by uncertainties and a restricted social lifestyle. 

Thanks to a friend posting an art challenge on Facebook, I decided I would do the same: make art daily and post it on social media for friends to see. At first, despite having an art degree from eons ago, I felt very vulnerable. But soon, my creative self took hold; and, so many friends encouraged me, thanking me for my daily visual posts during those long wintry days of social isolation. My father was also an artist, and I found myself remembering his words: “When you don't have anything to draw, draw a bird. It's good for your artist's eye.” Drawing birds and connecting with memories of my dad became one of my “fence posts” - something I could count on as I continued building an artistic path through a pandemic winter.  There were other fence posts that kept me going  - each revealing things that keep me strong and centered, no matter what the world threw my way. Making art sustained my spirit last winter, and I plan to kept making it. Ironically, during a period of social isolation, I communicated with others through art, became more connected to my authentic self, and reclaimed the title - I am an artist.”

Laura King 




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