Art: M. Louise Stanley. Design: Jeremy Thornton

April 15 – May 31, 2022


Juried by M. Louise Stanley


Deep thoughts by Stonefox



As a child I had two jokes from Mad Magazine on my wall that both confused and entertained me “all that glitters is not gold said the camel urinating in the moonlight” and “Rome wasn’t built in a day, it just looks that way”. They both are visual puns that question the literal. It is dangerous to make art that is humorous. People may not take you seriously. When humor works it often rides a precarious line between the sublime and the downright silly and is often not funny at all. The humor in my paintings comes about unconsciously… it is always there in some form. Humor is the camouflage for the ‘real’ subject and a catalyst or bridge to the darker, more disquieting side of the story. Major influences have been Jacques Tati, Lucille Ball, George Cruikshank and Marcel Carne’s les Enfants du Paradis.

– M. Louise Stanley


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Humor is a funny way of being serious

It can be the shortest distance between two people

Smiles are curved lines that set things straight

If it gets a smile, it’s worthwhile

Smiles can extend our laugh expectancy

A laugh is just a smile that breaks

The best time to laugh is anytime we can

Laughter prevents psychosclerosis – a hardening of the mind

It also helps prevent osteoporosis of the funny bone

A smile increases our face value

It is OK to smile and laugh more than once

So. . . don’t play serious – seriously play!

Many thanks to M. Louise Stanley for her time and selections.



My task was daunting, choose around 79 images out of 425.

I approached the jury process as a teacher, looking for the salient bits first, while forgiving the rest out of a desire to be all inclusive.

But in approaching humor first, I was missing the nuance and ignoring the whole. The humor didn’t come first, it was a result of all the other parts ‘working’. So the dilemma wasn’t just craft versus punchline, but all the poetry that goes into making a piece of art relevant. I looked for work that bothered me and made me question, and that was often a bit anxious. But ultimately it had to be authentic.

Disclaimer: Though I have used humor in my own work for many years, I find I’ve become a bit of a prude and rather thin-skinned when it comes to body parts and feminist issues. I am not taken in by cuteness and over-indulgent surfaces. 

M. Louise Stanley 2022


Erma Murphy. Kellan Christopher
Curated by Jeremy Thornton

Thanks to the OHCA Exhibition Committee



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