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At First Glance, Danielle Festa

At First Glance

The Art Center
1 Washington St., Suite 106
Dover, NH 03820
United States603-978-6702
The Art Center Presents: At First Glance
Opening: Feb. 2, 4-8 p.m.
Artist Reception: Feb. 24, 6-9 p.m.

Solo exhibition featuring mixed-media oil paintings by Danielle Festa.

There are many factors that contribute to perceptions of dress, deriving both from the individual’s choice and the viewer’s preconception. The endless combinations of these variables have inspired Festa to explore and advance this theme for over a decade.

In each painting, Festa experiments with the transition between paint and fabric, allowing her subjects to transform into the characters she creates. Sometimes the elements of mixed media announce their presence first, but other times the fabric is subtly transitioned with the paint, demanding a second look.

Based on real moments in the lives of her subjects, Festa calls attention to the importance we put on clothing. Onlookers are invited to experience the independent choices, the religious mandates and the social constructs that influence both what we wear and how we view others.

On display Feb. 2-24.