“Now and Zen” at Percolate Draws Big Crowd on Opening Night

Percolate Art Gallery hosted a transcendental experience with Now and Zen, a collective effort from artists Chialing Pitluga, Lauren Braun, Boyd Payne, and Mark Panza to create works that promote existential and introspective processes through photography, mixed media, and traditional painting.

The work is powerful and eclectic, offering visitors a chance to visualize calming senses laced with powerful emotions. The fluency of some pieces is unsettling, twisting the mind into a fit of uncomfortable contemplation. Some are ethereal, tugging at the heart-strings.

Curator, Carolyn Pierotti, packed the space with onlookers, some enjoying the art, some evaluating what the new kid on the block will do with the space after she took the reigns late last year.

Overall, a great show, with an encouraging turnout. Now, all that’s left for people to do is buy the art and not just eat cheese and drink wine. Spread the real cheddar, folks. Support the arts, not free food and drinks.

For more information on show times, visit Percolate.

Photography by Julie Kahlbaugh