Illuminations: Stories in Light and Shadow
Susan Andrews & Carolyn Fellman, (the Oiseaux Sisters) with Robert King and Friends

Illuminations: Stories in Light and Shadow

Program Overview

Opening on the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year and running through January 6th, 2007, visitors to The Studio@620 will experience the magic of shadow play installed by the Oiseaux Sisters and their collective team, the Shadow Pixies headed by artist Robert King. Works of cut paper, paint, cloth, metal, wood and wire will be illuminated by multiple light sources, projections and playful input from the public. The installation will ask and answer many questions about childhood stories and adult fictions. Your experience of sunlight and shadow will be forever transformed. An animation created by students at Perkins Elementary School inspired by last year’s First Night shadow puppet play will also be featured.

First Night

On First Night 2007, the artists will expand the installation to create Shadow Gardens, an all encompassing, irresistibly participatory visual enchantment. The gallery will become an impromptu theater. A varied and ever-changing troupe of shadow creatures created by site visitors of all ages will dance across the walls, screens and ceiling, mingling with the cut shapes of an artist-made shadow cast. Some other features of the evening will be shadow hats and other silhouette-wear with cut paper facets to add continuous movement to the shadow dance, costumed artist fortune tellers to illuminate possibilities for the coming year and continuous shadow animations.

About the Artists

The Oiseaux Sisters are two mixed-media artists whose work incorporates humor, movement and metaphor. The materials they use include paper, tin, clay, cloth, carved and painted wood, and found objects. They have created a series of figurative, often biographical or mythological figures/cupboards which range from small to larger than life size as well as many other figurative pieces which tell stories. The Oiseaux Sisters have made and marketed one of a kind craft as well as exhibiting in many solo and group shows around the country.

They call themsevles the Bird Sisters - the French word is Oiseaux -- because they migrate seasonally. Their summer studio is in upstate New York and their winter perch in Gulfport, Florida.

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The moon's appearance, a river of stars,

Snow-clad pines, clouds hovering on mountain peaks.

In darkness, they glow with brightness.

In shadows, they shine with a splendid light.

Like the dreaming of a crane flying in empty space,

Like the clear, still water of an autumn pool,

Endless eons dissolve into nothingness,

Each distinguishable from the other.

In this illumination all striving is forgotten.

- Hongzhi Zhengjue


Program Date & Time

12/22/06 - 01/06/07
Tuesday - Saturday
12:00 - 4:00 pm

Solstice-Opening Celebration
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Shadow Gardens: Interactive First Night Event (New Years Eve)
7:00 - 11:00 pm

Soda, water, coffee, and dessert will be served.


Free admission. Donations appreciated.