Touchy Subject

While recently shopping at the Lush Cosmetics Store, I was bombarded by full-on sensory stimulation. The textured soaps and bath balls and the creamy lotions and potions looked and smelled so divine, I wished I could eat them. (Which reminds me of one unfortunate day when I mistakenly did. I mean, shouldn't my sister have warned me that Christmas that she gave me soap that looked and smelled exactly like a white chocolate bar?) This yummy quality is what makes Lush products so appealing, although I wouldn't recommend eating the soap. More important, the Lush store understands a basic truth: The more senses a person can combine in appreciating an experience, the more satisfying the experience.

But what does any of this have to do with art? Just play along. Remember that first field trip to the art gallery and how your arm reached out to feel the rich textures of the oils and acrylics on the canvases before you? If so, then you'll probably also remember when some sort of adult-type figure--a teacher, a museum guide or parent, probably--pulled your little arm back and said sternly, "Don't touch!"

Edith Baker Gallery understands this frustration and eliminates it with Touchy Feely, an invitational exhibition where the gallery actually encourages, demands even, that you touch the art on display. It will feature works of art made of various and sundry materials such as wax, plastic and cotton by 10 of the gallery's artists, and you can feel free to touch them all. Therefore this Touchy Feely exhibit should be a fulfilling delight for multiple senses. Just don't eat the art.

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Kate Mitchell

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