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September 6-October 2, 2019
Rosemary Conroy : Love At First Sight
Clifford B. West Gallery -“I’ve never put together what each of my encounters with these wild creatures have given me — some of it is just too hard to articulate. So instead, I painted this show. I did my best to capture their beauty and spirit as a way to express my love, respect, and wonder for them and to honor and thank them for being part of my experience, as well.
Each painting here has a paragraph recounting a bit of the story of how we met — which I hope you’ll find interesting. Each painting is literally embedded with my words of gratitude and prayers for each species — marks often obscured but definitely there. And each painting has a love song for a title— because that’s what each one is, really. I hope the show leaves you humming a happy tune and being grateful for all the wonderful encounters you’ve had with wild ones in your life.”
Mary Admasian: Marked
Elizabeth Rowland Mayor Gallery – Marked is a collection of small sculptures and assemblages made from reclaimed wood, barbed wire, rusted metal, gold wire, glass beads, acrylic paint, and graphite. Admasian composed the collection within a conceptual narrative prompted by how we mark trees with blue paint before they are cut, discarded, or used for building. Within these materials, she explores the actual barriers between objects—positions and connections—as well as the implicit boundaries of familial, political, and social covenants and conventions.
Rob Hitzig: Rough/Polished
Rebecca Lawrence Gallery –Rough/Polished is a collection of primarily new work that tells stories non-verbally through contrasting textures, odd shapes, and color. They express emotions, feelings, and experiences that are beyond words.
“When we see people, we capture a tiny fraction of who they are. We have no idea what they have been through and how they got to where they are. All that matters exists but can’t be represented with visibly identifiable objects. To me, colors and shapes feel like the best way to capture what is present but invisible. All of our personal history — events, plans, interactions — leave marks.” -Robert Hitzig
Pamela Tarbell: What Is On Your Balcony
E. N. Wennberg Gallery – Pamela R. Tarbell paints complex compositions with layers of colors in her oil paintings, creating a kaleidoscope affect to dazzle the eyes. “When visiting Spain last year I became fascinated with the beautiful balconies on the old buildings from Barcelona, City of Olot, and medieval villages. The colors, architectural design, wood carvings, and tile work on numerous structures were visually stimulating. I took a multitude of photographs, and when home, rearranged the images into unique balconies with lots of colorful flowers and design patterns.”
Meet the Artist: Rosemary Conroy
Love at First Sight
Thursday, September 19, 5:30pm
Members Gallery + Carter-Kelsey Building Lobby
Laura Boyajian: Body of Work – An Exhibition to Benefit AVA
September 20-October 13, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, September 20, 5-7pm
Longtime AVA artist Laura Boyajian—known for her intensely expressive drawings and paintings—has generously donated her work to be sold for the benefit of AVA. Priced “to go,” this is a rare opportunity to obtain powerful works of art—of animals, nudes, portraits, religious subject matter—by a highly accomplished and cherished artist. It is also a way to honor Laura’s life work while she is able to appreciate how her generosity will benefit AVA.
Meet the Artists: Mary Admasian + Rob Hitzig
Thursday, September 26, 2019, 6pm
Contrast and Connections – An open discussion with Mary Admasian and Rob Hitzig about how the two strive to create art with a sense of personal connection through abstraction. The discussion will also take the audience to a place in how they identify with abstract and conceptual artwork. Free and open to the public.
October 11-November 8, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, October 11, 5-7pm
Martha Stein: A 40 Year Retrospective
Rebecca Lawrence & Clifford B. West Galleries
Meet the Artists: Friday, October 25, 5pm
E.N. Wennberg Gallery
Elizabeth Rowland Mayor Gallery
Meet the Artists: Friday, November 1, 5pm
Exhibition generously sponsored by: