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'Cosmic Communications' show at Allegory Gallery

| Thursday, July 16, 2015, 12:00 p.m.
Joan Tucker's Cosmic Communications show opens Saturday with a reception from 6 - 8 p.m.
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Joan Tucker's Cosmic Communications show opens Saturday with a reception from 6 - 8 p.m.
Joan Tucker will present a Cosmic Communications show at Allegory Galley through mid-September.
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Joan Tucker will present a Cosmic Communications show at Allegory Galley through mid-September.

Cosmic Communications is the theme of artist Joan Tucker's latest work, which is being featured at Allegory Gallery.

The show, which is free of charge and open to the public, will begin with an opening reception slated for 5- 8 p.m. Saturday .

“I started to think about the idea of inter stellar communication and it led me to a series of painting with a focus on mark making and abstracted messages,” Tucker said of the cosmic theme of her work. “After many years of travels, adventures and life changes, I am curious about the future and how humans will adapt.”

The show will feature abstract work completed by Tucker in acrylics, encaustic, pencil, ink and collage.

“Joan's latest paintings are a collection of works that seem to capture the essence of the invisible space between things,” said Andrew Thornton co-owner of Allegory Gallery. “They buzz with energy. I look at the paintings and I think of the path of the shaman, weaving through spiritual landscapes and connecting the past to the future.”

Cosmic Communications is Tucker's mediation on the complexity of human connection as well as the possibilities and future discoveries of life beyond earth.

“As a feminist and sometimes activist, I bring many years of collected stories and memories to my work,” Tucker said of taking up painting full time in recent years.

Tucker said while she has focused on portraits in the past, lately she has enjoyed diving into her feelings and collected pools of memories to play with color, composition and mark making.

A retired social worker, Tucker has been painting on and off all of her adult life.

“But with over 25 moves, three children, a Master's degree and 30 years of professional work, I put painting aside,” she said. “Now it's a little scary to put my work ‘out there' but I have always encouraged women to go for it — ignore their fears; dive into the messiness of life; and to make their mark, so that is my own message. At 73, full of ideas, energy, the will to take risk... what is there to lose?”

Tucker grew up in Massachusetts and spent many years traveling abroad. After raising her family, she provided council and programs for women facing poverty and other challenges. She worked as an advocate, equity trainer and speaker before retired in 2003 to pursue her artistic adventure.

Tucker worked with her partner of 30 years to create Off Center Productions — a bead business that she handcrafted beads for.

She said she is happy to have been asked to show her work at Allegory Gallery.

“Andrew and William are friends from my days of selling handmade, porcelain beads,” said Tucker.

“I love their gallery and teaching concepts. I love the unique selections there and I am thrilled to show a few of my abstracts,” she said. “I grew up in a very small town, so I love the idea of Ligonier and applaud the community of its active arts community and fine shops.”

Thornton said he feels fortunate to be working with such a talented artist.

“Joan is thoughtful, proactive and a born storyteller,” Thornton said. “We are pleased to showcase her latest paintings.”

Cami DiBattista is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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