An exhibition of new paintings by Jana Zeller
Saturday, June 12th and Sunday June 13th 10 AM – 4 PM
Suspended Disbelief is a body of new work created throughout the past year that reflects on a moment when life as we knew it stopped from one day to the next and we were held still in time as though suspended in mid-air in a world turned upside down. In March 2020, live theater stopped abruptly. Theater artists across the country and the world lost all engagements as venues shuttered and people were restricted from gathering as a group. This was a shock. Jana grew up in the theater and has worked as a puppeteer for twenty years. Since the lock down she has mourned the loss of coming together for a live performance. Fortunately, Jana is also blessed with a passion for painting. Once the initial shock wore off, she opened her imagination to capture theatrical situations with brush and paint on canvas. The outcome is a collection of intricate and humorous paintings, inspired by the European surrealists of the 1940's, that honors theatrical spaces and characters that have been on hold since the pandemic started.
Jana has been drawing and painting since she was a child. She trained for many years as an oil painter and portrait painter, worked as a set painter for the theater, the TV and movie industry, and the opera. As one of the daughters of Sandglass Theater, she began painting puppets, sets and props early on, and later became a working puppeteer creating original shows that have been presented in the US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, and India. She performs and teaches puppetry across New England, and art classes for children in her studio in Brattleboro, Vermont.
In order to care for all members of our community, masks and social distancing will be required.