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Light it Up

ERIC BAUM

MICHAEL DE LIA

LISA NANNI

LARS WESTVIND

MAYA ALBA

On Saturday February 21st, 1998 the WAH Center opened a new exhibit entitled "LIGHT IT UP!"

The artists in the show are MAYA ALBA, ERIC BAUM, MICHAEL DE LIA, LISA NANNI, SATOSHI NII, LIZ QUISGARD, LARS WESTVIND.

Satoshi Nii, one of the artists in the show says, " Since the world is too dark sometimes, we should lighten it up!" That is just what Mr. Nii has done during his 87 years with his humorous editorials in the Japan Times and for more than 25 years making "one of it's kind" lamps. Many of his lamps are made from bottles which contained "spirits" which gave good cheer to those who imbibed.

In the beginning God looked upion the void and said "LET THERE BE LIGHT." Thus, being and light are equivalent. Our science also tells us that under certain conditions matter and light are equivalent. Light is matter in motion. As material beings, one could say that we are God's creatures of light ( at least when we are doing good things). In our human domain, the colors of the spectrum have great connotative significance. Blue represents healing, green represents life, etc. Black, the absence of light represents evil or sinister things. Infra-red light warms the Earth and life prospers. Light interacts with carbon dioxide and water in the presence of chlorophyll to produce the oxygen and sugars the animals need to live. Light equals life, creation, beauty. The mysteries of light are abundant. At the speed of light even time stops.

The exhibit "LIGHT IT UP!" shows how some artists use light to make us more consciously aware of it's aspects and qualities. The show does not intend to answer questions about the nature of light, rather it invites the observer to ask the phisophical and spiritual questions which elevate our appreciation of the light which is our world.

OPENING RECEPTION FEBRUARY 21ST 4-6 P.M. Show runs through March 22nd, 1998

Gallery hours: Saturday & Sunday 12-6 P.M. or by appointment