"The Polyanna Society"...new works by Shannon Blosser-Salisbury opens Friday, Feb. 3rd @ Kortman Gallery

Shannon Blosser-Salisbury exhibits   
 ‘strange’ digital images at Kortman Gallery

Shannon Blosser-Salisbury, as an artist, does not leave well-enough alone. Normal people from vintage photos are digitally fused with her own photography to create strange and compelling images.  These intriguing and improbable pictures can be seen Friday, February 3rd when “The Pollyanna Society,” an exhibit of new works by Blosser-Salisbury opens in the Kortman Gallery.
Blosser-Salisbury approaches her work with a sense for the peculiar and outlandish and with a sense of humor.
“I first began torturing antique photographs in 2007,” says Blosser-Salisbury. “At first, I did it for my own amusement, but when I started showing the finished pieces to friends, I heard comments along the lines of, ‘You’re sick!’ Well, there is nothing I could do but make more.”
Her images can take between several days and weeks to complete. The result is digital collages composed of antique photos and contemporary elements that become their own little fantasy worlds.
“There’s a little bit of darkness in each of these worlds,” says Blosser-Salisbury. “but I’m a Pollyanna, so the good side always triumphs.”
According to Doc Slafkosky, gallery director, Blosser-Salisbury’s work is hard to describe. “You really have to see Shannon’s strange and eccentric works,” Slafkosky said. “They seem weird at first glance, but when you take a longer look at them, they become even weirder...but at the same time, lots of fun! If anything, they are highly visual, colorful, and best of all, oddly entertaining.”
The opening reception for “The Pollyanna Society” exhibition by Shannon Blosser-Salisbury will be Friday, February 3rd from 5:30 to 9pm.  The gallery is located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street. For further information call 815/968-0123 or visit www.jrkortman.com.

What: “The Pollyanna Society” an exhibition of new works by digital artist
             Shannon Blosser-Salisbury
When: Opening reception: Friday, February 3rd, 5:30 to 9pm. Gallery & Store open      
            Monday to Saturday, 10am – 6pm.
Where: Kortman Gallery, upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 
             107 North Main St.
Admission: Free 

If you're seeing this on our website, you can see more images of works by Shannon Blosser-Salisbury by clicking on the "Current Show" option under Kortman Gallery or visit www.kortmangallery.posterous.com.