Mina Cohen is the featured artist at Partners Gallery September 9-October 4 with mixed media paintings in a show titled Snakes and Amulets. The Snakes paintings include collaged elements of a boa constrictor’s shed skin. The shed skin is a metaphor for the year we want to put behind us. Not only are we shedding sickness but also a government that relied on hatred, selfishness, and misogyny. What a relief to share these works of shed skin, a rebirth. Amulets are an ancient artifact of magic, though they are also a reminder of hope, hope for something good to come. Jewish amulets are written, and include the Hebrew words Le’negdi Tamid. As with many words in Hebrew, this phrase has many meanings: in front of me always, next to me always, opposite me always. Whether you are a believer in God or not, the amulet reminds you that there is some power with you at all times. The small-scale Amulets make a personal reminder of hope for good to come.
This is the second featured artist show at Partners Gallery which reopened in June, in the historic Beacon Building in Mendocino. Meet the artist, Mina Cohen, Saturday September 11, 5-7 pm. The gallery is open Thursday through Monday 11 am to 5 pm.