Opening Reception for The Girl and the Shedding Fox, at the Yavapai College Verde Gallery, Verde Valley Campus, October 18, 2019
Clarkdale AZ (October 16, 2019) – Yavapai College’s Verde Art Gallery invites the community to an unusual installation that combines visual art and narrative storytelling. The Girl and the Shedding Fox, a hybrid exhibit by artist Lisa Sanders and writer Sandra Hunter, is on display starting Oct. 15, with an opening reception Friday, Oct. 18, from 5 – 7 p.m., at the Verde Gallery on YC’s Verde Valley Campus. Admission is free.
The Girl and the Shedding Fox was born in 2015, when artist Lisa Sanders sent a painting of a furry creature with ears and sad eyes to writer Sandra Hunter. Painted on Japanese paper, the creature looked like it was shedding. In response to the painting, Sandra sent a few lines of prose back to Lisa. For the next year and a half, they exchanged prose and artwork as the narrative developed.
In January 2017, Sandra and Lisa decided to work together at Centrum, an artists’ residency in Port Townsend, Washington, to further develop the project. Lisa began work on the sculptures and figures as Sandra completed the narrative. As Lisa’s art grew, Sandra responded to her work by adding, subtracting and deepening the narrative, and vice-versa. The outcome is a multi-media experience with sound, imagery and figures working together to capture the viewer’s imagination.
Visitors can listen to the 13-minute story, narrated by Sandra Hunter, on a downloadable phone app, as they move through the installation.
“On the edge of the forest, the river, the village
The Girl watches and listens
She knows about the Shedding Fox
Who lives on the edge of the forest, the river, the village
And she tells no one
Because of the sharp dangerous edge of the word alone…”
— Sandra Hunter
The Girl and the Shedding Fox opening reception, Friday, October 18, from 5 – 7 p.m., is free and open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres will be offered and a cash bar serving YC’s award-winning Southwest Wine Center wines will be open. The exhibit continues through Nov. 7. Yavapai College’s Verde Art Gallery is located at 601 Black Hills Dr., Building F, Clarkdale, AZ, 86324. Gallery hours are Tuesday -Thursday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information, please contact Gallery Manager Kelley E. Foy at: firstname.lastname@example.org.