Tell the Truth But Tell it Slant

A show of paintings by Amy Mahnick,
Marcy Rosewater and Scott Williams

Opening Reception October 27, 6-9

October 27 - November 26, 2017




SRO GALLERY is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by Amy Mahnick, Marcy Rosewater and Scott Williams,

Tell the Truth But Tell it Slant.


Tell all the truth but tell it slant —
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth's superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind —

                                                  -Emily Dickinson

Our title is taken from Emily Dickinson’s poem 1129. The poem makes the assumption that the poet knows the truth, but makes an active choice to hold it back, to approach it with a slant.  These three painters, Mahnick, Rosewater and Williams, also have a circuitous way of telling a truth.  As Dickinson’s poem is not told in an A to B sort of way, these artists explore the power of observational painting and how best to proceed to tell it.

In these painters’ circuitous paths to their truth, they return to their same themes again and again, forming different perspectives, with different metaphors, coming to different conclusions. We witness their discovery; the mundane becomes rich in metaphor.

Each particular point of view in the show is a meditation within the intersection of fact and fiction.

-Don Doe, Cecilia Whittaker-Doe