October 1, 2021 - October 31, 2021
Surry resident Brenda Bennett, aka the Artist B5, or simply, B5, will exhibit her artwork in a show titled Ball of Confusion: That’s What the World is Today at the Blue Hill Public Library starting Friday, October 1 and going through Thursday, October 28. The show will include watercolor, acrylic, oil and mixed media paintings and two-dimensional art, as well as the launching of B5’s new series, Benji Sez, as part of the exhibit. On Saturday, October 9, 2021, B5 will host an artist’s reception at the library from 2 to 4 PM.
B5 says the theme of her show, the title of The Temptations’ 1970 release, sprang to mind as she pondered which works to exhibit. “I started painting five decades ago in response to tragedy in my life and the world around me. Painting healed me and enabled me to cope with the ills of society and find meaning and purpose. I think our world has been a “Ball of Confusion” throughout history. My show looks at ways in which we engage with that confusion and create value. To riff a bit: Ways to untangle…Transform….Liberate and consecrate…Bringing peace and tranquility…Out of chaos bringing the values of beauty, benefit and good for all.”
B5 started as a self-taught oil painter in Newark, Delaware. After relocating to the Bay Area in northern California, she studied art through Goddard College’s adult degree program and received her BA from Norwich University.
B5 is a signature member of the Sequoia Art Group and had the opportunity to exhibit her work at diverse venues in Redwood City participating in juried art shows there and in Fairfield, California. In 2002, she started what became a 15-year annual sojourn to St. Mary’s, Virginia City, Nevada, for Sandra Imperatori’s weeklong plein air watercolor workshop. Relocating to Surry in 2017, B5 quips, “Never an island, always a peninsula!” B5 says she is so grateful to the local artists she has met in the Blue Hill area and the opportunities to share her art.
The exhibit will be in the library’s Britton Gallery and Roland Howard Room and available for viewing during library hours subject to the Howard Room schedule. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of artwork will go to benefit the library. For more information contact the library at 374-5515.