RAC Gallery Presents: Squared Off Exhibit

ST. LOUIS (May 27, 2014) – The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) presents “Squared Off,” the painting and mixed media work of thirteen local women. The artists are printmakers, photographers, painters and collagists who have each accepted the challenge of translating a square canvas into her own artistic vision. With the intention to expose visitors to this art making format, curator Kay Wood states “The diversity of the show will surprise the viewer.”

Join us at the opening reception on Friday, June 13 from 5:30 – 7:30pm, and at our gallery talk, which will take the form of an art sale. At the sale local female artists will provide one hundred more square canvases of work for display and purchase.

EXHIBIT NAME: Squared Off

ARTISTS: Cynthia Berg, Elizabeth Concannon, M J Goerke, Jane Isenberg, Ellen Klamon, Ruth Kolker, Nancy Kurten, Emily Long, Marcy Saphian, Ida Steinberg, Harriet Thomas, Kay Wood, Maggie Zografakis

CURATOR: Kay Wood

DATES: Opening Reception: Friday, June 13, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Gallery Talk (Artwork Sale): Thursday, July 10, 5:30 – 7:30pm

All events are free and open to the public.

Squared Of continues through July 11.

GALLERY HOURS: Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm; Saturday 1pm to 5pm.
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LOCATION: The Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission (RAC)
6128 Delmar Blvd. 63112 (across from The Pageant)
Free parking behind The Pageant or metered street parking

EXHIBIT DESCRIPTION: The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) presents “Squared Off,” the painting and mixed media work of thirteen local women. The artists are printmakers, photographers, painters and collagists who have each accepted the challenge of translating a square canvas into her own artistic vision. With the intention to expose visitors to this art making format, curator Kay Wood states “The diversity of the show will surprise the viewer.”

Join us at the opening reception on Friday, June 13 from 5:30 – 7:30pm, and at our gallery talk, which will take the form of an art sale. At the sale the featured artists will provide one hundred more square canvases of work for display and sale.

Each of these women transforms their square canvas into a unique work of art. While all pieces in the show are tied together by their size and format; choice materials, concept and inspiration vary greatly with each artist. Elizabeth Cocannon’s paintings are semi-abstract and often reference several ideas at once. Content typically relates to her life in either a philosophical or symbolical aspect. Ida Steinberg’s work is motivated by upcycling and she transformed trash into valuable visual treasure while Jane Isenber claims no particular style and paints what pleases her.

Another artist, Harriet Fisher Thomas creates work using photography, painting and printmaking techniques. Regardless of medium her pieces always rely on feelings and ideas that come from within and subject matter varies as a result of the intuitive nature of her work.

Educator and artist M. J. Goerke favors collage as her chosen medium, this is a result of the expediency of the process. Her prints, watercolor and collage utilize quotes from her own poetry and writings. Maggie Zografakis channels inspiration from her travels and surroundings. Consistently her paintings display vibrant color and shapes representing sky, landscapes or flowers.

Ruth Kolker layers printmaking and painting to create a strong visual texture which is often inspired by landscapes and natural forms. Offering a place for introspection and escape she invites the viewer to determine his or her own narrative.

Squared Off is open to the public for viewing through Saturday, May 17. The Gallery will be open that day during the hours of 1 – 5pm.

About the Regional Arts Commission (RAC):
The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) is at the forefront of efforts to transform St. Louis into a more vibrant, creative and economically thriving community by elevating the vitality, value and visibility of the arts. As the largest annual funder of the arts in the region, since its inception in 1985,RAC has awarded more than 6,000 grants totaling $80 million to support nonprofit arts, individual artists, cultural organizations, consortiums and programs. Directed by a board of 15 commissioners appointed by the chief executives of St. Louis City and County, RAC is a pivotal force in the continuing development and marketing of the arts in the region. Find us online at www.art-stl.com. View our cultural calendar at www.ArtsZipper.com, follow us on Facebook at Regional Arts Commission or Twitter at RACStLouis.

 

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