Joint exhibit at Hope and Feathers Gallery explores the world of Wabi-Sabi

For several years, Barbara Johnson had been drawn to painting images of old, crumbling buildings, demolition sites and other gritty corners of cities and towns, finding a beauty of sorts in the transitory nature of many human-made landscapes.

Meanwhile, Rachel Folsom had decided to take a break from her painting to try her hand at drawing — something she could complete more quickly — and she was attracted to ordinary objects for her subjects, from leaves she’d find during a walk or old, chipped jars in her house.

Without quite realizing it, both artists had been touching on the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi: the appreciation of beauty inherent in objects that are imperfect, unfinished, worn or seemingly unremarkable. And now the two friends

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