A Sabbatical Exhibition

Through October 26 in the Katz Gallery (Forbush Building, lower level) National Park Lands: A Sabbatical Exhibition is the culmination of a year’s work by our own Upper School art instructors Ben Roach and Erin Hall ’98. Inspired by their 2017 summer sabbatical grant explorations of Alaska (Roach) and the great American West (Hall), the show fills the viewer with wanderlust and a sense of collective nostalgia while celebrating the central role that making art plays in the lives of  our art teachers.

Every seven years Friends School teachers earn a grant to explore something that will enhance their teaching lives. “Ben and I just happened to have sabbaticals the same summer and decided to present our experiences in the form of an exhibit for the School,” says Hall, who spent four weeks traveling across the country,visiting Badlands, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Los Padres National Forest (Big Sur), Death Valley,, and Grand Canyon national parks as well as state parks along the way.

Roach's sabbatical spanned a week and took him from Anchorage by train to Denali National Park. His art journal, included in the exhibition, is the source of the drawings and paintings, which he scanned and enlarged for the exhibition. 

The Upper School art department will host a reception in the Katz Gallery on Monday, October 22, 3:30 to 5:30 pm,.  All are welcome but don't wait until then: The gallery is open during the School day and this exhibition is worthy of a visit or, better yet, many visits.. For more information, contact Heidi Blalock.
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