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"KS×20: Persistence of Light"

 Nave Gallery

The Nave Gallery is a nonprofit, artist-run project space founded in 2004.

20-Year Retrospective

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art by somerville artistNave Gallery titled"Guernica Every Day" Karl Stephan 2022
"Guernica Every Day" Karl Stephan 2022 Oil, Oilstick & Sgraffito on Salvaged Canvas 4' x 6"
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Artist's Statement

Over twenty years dedicated to making and teaching art, Karl Stephan has worked in obscurity. Individual and group shows, awards, notable teaching engagements, a Master’s degree and two well-regarded curatorial efforts earned him a small but enthusiastic following. But when Nave Director Susan Berstler saw a photos of Karl’s pandemic work, she reached out to offer a Nave Gallery show.

This retrospective exhibit presents twenty years of Karl’s artistic progress since resuming artmaking in late 2001. For Karl every dark event from 9/11 to Katrina to Trump to Covid has prompted a renewed pursuit of light. From “suburban surrealism” to new expansive “color music” Karl persists in seeking joy.

A "pocket edition" of KS×20 is being presented through April 2022 at the Fessenden School in Newton Massachusetts, in conjunction with Karl’s visiting artist engagement.

Curatorial assistance for both exhibits is provided by Kylie Terra Burnham, Masters Candidate, Museum Education, Tufts University.

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Closing reception: Sunday May 1st.

The Nave Gallery is an all volunteer, artist-run, nonprofit art space located within the Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church. Its exhibitions feature the work of local, national, and international artists working in all mediums. 

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