Borrowed Light: Barbara Ernst Prey

10-5 every day Mon, Jul 1 - Mon, Nov 11, 2019

Venue: Hancock Shaker Village

1843 W Housatonic St, Rts 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01201



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Painter Barbara Ernst Prey has an affinity for light, deftly capturing the fleeting luminosity within built and natural environments. To the Shakers, light was everything. They designed their buildings to bring the light in through windows, skylights, portholes, and reflective walls. The exacting architecture allows light to move in idiosyncratic ways, creating a mystery of shifting beams, shadows, and pools that enliven corridors and rooms. The Shakers coined the term "borrowed light" to describe how they used this fluid nature of light. Prey captures its beauty in this exhibition featuring new large-scale watercolors depicting village scenes. Her voice brings new consideration to the visual and haptic experience of Hancock Shaker Village, historically and today.

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