Not Quite Seen: An Exhibition Investigating How Artists Perceive the World

We have now put our Summer 2022 exhibition, Not Quite Seen, online as a virtual tour!

Click HERE to experience the exhibition.

About the exhibition:

“Abstract art” is an extensive term that sprawls throughout the archives of art history. It has a deeply rooted history across the world, and as centuries pass, we are still drawn to the unseen and the imagined. It spans all art forms and can be interpreted endlessly by each person that views the work.

There is no unchangeable formula to abstraction. Expressionism and even geometric abstraction provide radical freedom from principle, and in doing abstract work, artists are in a sort of conversation with the surface. Rituals and processes are created and sustained by the artist, not solely by the rules of the past. Color and shape are essential—they guide our eye, are loaded with meaning, and unlock the emotions of each image. Bold hues catch our attention while subtle tones provide a sense of peace, drawing each person deeper into the artist’s narrative.

Not Quite Seen is an exhibition about freedom from strict methods. It is an exploration of form, color, and emotion created individually by each artist and interpreted uniquely by each viewer. Above all, it presents new ways of looking at the world and within ourselves.

Not Quite Seen features 19 local and regional artists: Jennifer Baldwin, Cedric Michael Cox, Kristine Donnelly, Gretchen Durst Jacobs, Matt Eckerle, Ed Erdmann, Lindsey Graff, Susan Harrison, Cynthia Kukla, Radha Lakshmi, Vicky Lee, Beth Loudenberg, Emily Moores, Shannon O’Deens, Tom Owen, Michael Roller, Jonpaul Smith, Aspen Que Stein, and Emily Van Walleghen.


For additional exhibition information or to purchase a work of art, please contact: Sarah Cushing, 1628 Art Curator at

Special Thanks to  Cinci360  for capturing the space and allowing 1628 the opportunity to share this exhibition with those not able to visit in person.

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