A Healthy Dose of Humor

Dear Zenith Art Lovers 

Today we are bringing you art activate your sense of humor, so needed during these challenging times. Below are quotes from famous and not so famous people throughout history, but first here is some information on our artists.

Caroline Benchetrit’s narrative style “is inspired by a world without rules, where joy breaks all boundaries and dreams come true if you believe they do!”
Stephen Hansen has kept us laughing for over 40 years. We will be showing his “Great Moments” this fall opening October 9th. His parody is developed by taking famous masterpiece paintings and adding his paper mache figure in the picture, posing as the painter and making us laugh.
Inspired by the natural design structure of the wood itself, Bernie Houston sculpts each figure from a found solid branch or tree limb, taking advantage of the natural form to lead each unique portrayal.
Bill Mead paints fantastic characters who populate his Lowcountry South Carolina landscapes with anarchic humor and wit.  Keith Norval makes art for children of all ages, colorful, playful and uplifting. Chris Malone’s “spirit dolls” appear part animal and part human, taking on a dramatic and often playful personality of their own.
Katharine Owens, a self-taught artist, wields her scissors with precision in meticulously designed three-dimensional paper collages that stand out of a two-dimensional surface. Owens sculpts structures, people, and places out of paper. Apprenticing under long time Zenith Gallery artist, Guenther Riess, she continues his legacy of three-dimensional paper construction while developing unique forms.
Laughter is the Best Medicine
Every survival kit should include a sense of humor

Humor is a reminder that no matter how high the throne one sits on, one sits on one’s bottom. ~ Taki

Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective: an awareness that some things are really important, others not; and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs. ~Christopher Morley

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, a sense of humor to console him for what he is- Francis Bacon
Humor is reason gone mad.  ~Groucho Marx

Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure makes misery a lot easier to bear. ~ Dorothy Parker

Humor is the good-natured side of a truth. ~Mark Twain

Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing. ~Mark Twain

Humor is, I think, the subtlest and chanciest of literary forms. It is surely not accidental that there are a thousand novelists, essayists, poets or journalists for each humorist. It is a long, long time between James Thurbers. ~Leo Rosten

I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. ~Woody Allen

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. ~Victor Borge

There is a purifying power in laughter. It is truth in palatable form. It is instant vacation. Seeing the comical side of many situations makes life a great deal easier. It’s like riding through life on sensitive springs that ease every jolt. ~Eugene P. Bertin, 1968  

“Phillis & Bruce” by Carol Levin.
Experimenting with mixed media pieces, Carol Levin’s work consists of a vast variety of media:  burlap, nails, glue, paint, glass, string, packing peanuts–all combined to form sculptures of real and imagined animals.