The Janette Kennedy Gallery Presents Not Comets: the Early Years of Charles Messier, French Comet Hunter

The Janette Kennedy Gallery Presents Not Comets: A Biographical Account of the Early Years of Charles Messier, French Comet Hunter

Photos and objects by Tom Sale with additional works from Amie Carson, Dottie Love, Julia Schloss and Becky Ramotowski

WHAT:                Tom Sale is known for his elaborate historical narratives such as 2014 Florence Project (about the life of Florence Nightingale). Not Comets: A Biographical Account of the Early Years of Charles Messier, French Comet Hunter is told mainly through photographs (with a few sculptures and objects). Messier was an 18th century French astronomer whom the gallery visitor will discover had many secrets not told in today’s history books. Images hint at the science of photography being used decades before photography is known to be invented, and in Messier’s astral world, it is not only scientific instruments he used to detect heavenly objects. Sale also called on a few friends to help tell this story. A fabric sculpture by Amie Carson, nontraditional photography by Becky Ramotowski, historical avian photography by Dottie Love, and a whimsical series of photographs by Julia Schloss round out this story of stars and an unusual friendship.  

Press release: JKG_Not Comets

WHERE:              The Janette Kennedy Gallery at South Side on Lamar

                             1409 South Lamar Street

                             Dallas, TX 75217

                             (214) 426-1575

WHEN:                Not Comets: A Biographical Account of the Early Years of Charles Messier, French Comet Hunter exhibit runs from February 2 – February 28, 2018

                             Not Comets: A Biographical Account of the Early Years of Charles Messier, French Comet Hunter Artist Reception February 10, 2018 5 to 8 p.m.

COST:                  Free

About Janette Kennedy Gallery

The Janette Kennedy Gallery, formerly the South Side Gallery, was established in 2002 as a means for local artists, the Artist’s Residency Program, and the community at large to exhibit their works. This gallery differs from others in that it does not administer a fee for use of the space, nor has it charged a commission on the pieces an artist sells. Artists who have exhibited in the gallery come from all disciplines and have included medias such as sculpture, ceramics, video, woodcuts, paintings, drawings, music, graphic art, found object and site-specific installations from fine art to contemporary art. For more information, visit the Janette Kennedy Gallery Facebook page.

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