The Fenn School is pleased to present, “Beyond the Next Turning of the Canyon Walls” a collaborative exhibition of drawings, paintings, and photographs by Fenn alumnus West Howland ’02 and his mother, Lincoln-based artist Susanah B. Howland. This exhibition runs until October 14, 2016 in the school’s Kane Art Gallery.
Two years ago, West and Susanah Howland set forth on a 227 mile, 14 day raft trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. As observers of nature and of life, this multimedia collection documents their exploration of the light, the artistry, the mystery, and the majesty of the Grand Canyon. “I want you to see my home,” shares West “built of rock and stone, of scorching, searing heat and bone numbing cold.” In describing her approach to painting this shared experience of the Grand Canyon, Susanah Howland explains, “I turned to the remembered feeling of my hands brushing the rock walls, the trill of the canyon wren, and the astonished recognition of my human smallness in the presence of this mighty place.”
West Howland is a Fenn alumnus, class of 2002. He attended Proctor Academy after Fenn and discovered and developed a passion for whitewater and wilderness exploration. Later at Prescott College, West graduated with a double major in Fine Art photography and Adventure education, setting him on the path to a career as a Grande Canyon river guide. Living most of his days in the Grand Canyon, West’s works and adventure have been recognized in publications like Canoe and Magazine, Kayak Session, and American Whitewater.
Susanah B. Howland is a painter and printmaker who lives in Lincoln, MA. She completed her Post Baccalaureate Certificate at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation. Her works have been published by numerous organizations including the National Geographic Society, the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and the New England Wild Flower Society. They are also in private and corporate collections including Gallery Wright in Wilmington, Vermont and the Concord Center for the Visual Arts, Concord MA.
The Kane Art Gallery is open on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is located on The Fenn School campus, 516 Monument Street, Concord, MA. For more information about this exhibition, call Tete Cobblah, fine arts coordinator and director of diversity, at 978-318-3506.