Along a River of Sapphire Pools brings together a diverse group of artists who have each designed a limited edition beach towel. The annual exhibition and online store takes its title from John Cheever's 1964 short story The Swimmer. This suburban story takes place in one afternoon following Neddy Merrill who swims all of his neighbor's pools forming his own eight-mile river which he names after his wife.
"The day was lovely, and that he lived in a world so generously supplied with water seemed like a clemency, a beneficence. His heart was high and he ran across the grass. Making his way home by an uncommon route gave him a feeling that he was a pilgrim, an explorer, a man with a destiny, and he knew that he would find friends all along the way; friends would line the banks of the Lucinda River." - The Swimmer
Along a River of Sapphire Pools is curated by Michael Fleming and Olivia Swider.
Sapphire Pools 3, 2019 artists:
Dalia Amara, Katie Buckleitner, Ryan Travis Christian, Lauren Clay, Carlos Jaramillo, Alexander Deschamps, Anjuli Rathod, Josh Reames
Sapphire Pools 2, 2018 artists:
Joey Enos, William Downs, Carlos Jaramillo, Jon Key, Jarrett Key, Christina Yuo Ko, Cole Lu, Shana Sadeghi-Ray, Tamara Santibañez, Olivia Swider
Sapphire Pools, 2017 artists:
Billy Buck, Michael Fleming, Jacob Haupt, Nicholas Steindorf, Morgan Blair, Panayiotis Terzis, Amie Cunat, Nicholas Cueva, Liz Nielsen, Olivia Swider
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About the curators:
Selenas Mountain is an artist-run contemporary art gallery in Ridgewood, Queens co-founded by Olivia Swider and Michael Fleming. The gallery is a hybrid of two previous Bushwick galleries Selena (2016-2018) and MOUNTAIN (2016-2018). The gallery’s program presents a diversity of voices and mediums, with a focus on thematic group exhibitions and original solo exhibitions by emerging contemporary artists. Beyond the exhibition program, the gallery also hosts readings, film screenings, off-site curated exhibitions, and other events.