The Vero Beach Museum of Art (772-231-0707) consistently does an outstanding job of highlighting unique art mediums. Whether it displays American quilts, recycled marionettes or costumes from the stage and screen, the museum illustrates it needn’t be oil on canvas to be art. With the exhibition “Dale Kennington: Mythologies” on display January 25 to May 4, the museum welcomes yet another medium: wooden folding screens.
Following the death of her husband in 2002, Kennington painted a series of these screens focusing on the themes of human presence and community as well as loneliness and isolation. The screens—which are influenced by the aesthetic of Asian folding screens—and the paintings upon them can be manipulated depending on the angle of the screen. These subtle changes add many layers to Kennington’s realism-style vignettes.