Into the Woods @ Crane Hall

Into the Woods @ Crane Hall

Exhibition on view until: Thursday, April 12, 2012

A collaboration by Joan Dreyer and Dianne Koppisch Hricko



In conjunction with




Receptions: March 3 and 31, 5 – 8 pm
Second Thursday Receptions: March 8 and April 12, 6 – 9 pm


This collaboration explores our responses to the cyclic nature of life… beginnings happen from endings.  New growth is happening even in the dead of winter.  Like it or not, we all go into the woods.


Many visual artists, writers and poets have used the seasons to express the cyclic nature of life. Each stage of life – birth, growth, maturation, and death – holds different challenges and rewards. It is important to be ‘present’ in each phase, as life is not meant to be survived but to be explored and to be celebrated. The imagery of bare black trees (the work of Dianne Koppisch Hricko) and my own blackened foliage conjure the hiemal landscape. This work focuses on the final stage of life which can be solemn and laced with melancholy. The finality of death makes us fearful of it, yet it is a natural occurrence. A sense of aloneness should not be surprising; we enter and leave this world as solitary beings. – Joan Dreyer

As a visual person I try to find beauty in all phases of life. The aching stillness of bare tress in snow strikes a chord for me triggering my earliest memories of the transitory nature of our life. Beautiful in its austerity. – Dianne Koppisch Hricko