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DVAA Hosts Two New Art Exhibits Nathaniel Lieb and “Tactile” Group Show

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May 13, 2021
DVAA Hosts Two New Art Exhibits
Nathaniel Lieb and “Tactile” Group Show
WHAT: Nathaniel Lieb “Wad You Say?” and “Tactile” Group Show Curated by John Back
WHEN: May 15 – June 20, 2021, Thursday - Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm                                    
WHERE: DVAA, 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY 12764
Free and open to the public
The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) is excited to announce its upcoming exhibitions. With their shared fascination in our sensory relationship to the artwork, they each offer visitors an intimate encounter amidst a time in which we are consciously distanced and engage each other remotely. “Wad You Say?,” chewing gum sculpture by Nathaniel Lieb, and “Tactile,” a group show curated by John Back, will open at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance located at 37 Main St, Narrowsburg, NY on Saturday, May 15, 2021. The shows will be on view through June 20 and are free and open to the public
In the past 5 years, artist and video-maker Nathaniel Lieb created over 150 chewing gum sculptures while recovering his dexterity after breaking both of his wrists. The gu
m sculptures were made using only his mouth, teeth, palate, and tongue.
“I like physical actions to define my sculpture. I find the direct connection makes the work less about me specifically and more about our shared humanity. I do what we all do,” he says.

“After the gum has lost flavor, I free sculpt it in my mouth. I try to avoid running themes. These wads reveal how my mind plays. I have realized any odd wad is as valid as more carefully sculpted forms. Making the glass vitrines gives me something to do while I use up the flavor.”
Lieb earned a BFA in Sculpture from Syracuse University and an MFA in Sculpture from Brooklyn College. He has exhibited his work in galleries throughout New York, Massachusetts, Maine, and New Jersey. He resides in Eldred, NY and Brooklyn, NY.
And he doesn’t particularly like chewing gum.

For more information about Nathaniel Lieb, visit
“During a year when our opportunities for contact with others has been so dramatically reduced, and we have even become hyperconscious about touching objects due to the pandemic, the importance of tactile sensations has become even more potent,’ says photographer John Back who curated the exhibition.

Back is interested in exploring work that invokes tactile sensations, moving beyond texture to include temperature, pressure, malleability, sharpness, vibration – the full range of tactile possibility – whether or not the viewer is allowed to touch the work. 

This exhibition featuring 26 works by 12 artists working in a variety of media, including Anthony Bioncoviso, John Back, Monte Coleman, Marilyn Fiala, Gary Jo Gardenhire, Glenn Goldberg, Carol Hepper, Nancy Manter, Mary McDonnell, Sally Rowe, Bonnie Rychlak, and Melissa Zexter.
“I hope the exhibition will reawaken visitors’ awareness and enjoyment of the full range of tactile sensations in the arts – and that this perspective may perhaps inspire a refreshed connection with the natural world and their fellow humans,” says Back.

The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance is located at 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg, 
NY. Walk-ins are welcome (no advance registration is required for these shows). Building capacity is currently limited to 15 guests. Gallery hours are Thursday - Sunday, 11am - 4pm and by appointment.

The activities of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance are made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 

For more information, visit or call 845-252-7576.
CONTACT: Ariel Shanberg, Executive Director 845-252-7576

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