Main Street Gallery is proud to announce the next of our Invitational Gallery Shows. This show, “Curiosity & Surprise” features the work of Michael Braceland, Rondi Casey, Deborah Katz and Lisa J. Petker-Mintz and will be on display from July 29th through August 13, 2016. The artist opening is Friday, July 29, 6-8 pm at the Main Street Gallery, 213 Main Street, Huntington. This is a free event. All are welcome to attend.
The Invitational Gallery Shows are a Huntington Arts Council opportunity for small groups of artists to participate in a shared exhibit in our Main Street Gallery.
Michael Braceland – Growing up on Long Island in the early 70’s Michael became entranced by mobiles after a trip to the Guggenheim. He later became a carpenter, and developed a deep understanding and love of wood. Recently Michael has been focused on creating optical illusions or ‘confusions’ using nature’s repurposed materials and scraps. His work is an embodiment of rustic and refined mixed media of wall canvas, kinetic design and sculpture.
Rondi Casey- An educator and self taught visionary artist living in Huntington, Rondi’s sculptures reflect ethical, spiritual and literary themes. Creating three dimensional statements using clay and unique found objects, her figures are haunting. Some figures hang from strings which have an important bearing on her work. Rondi’s statement about her work; ” We have within us the freedom and passion to inspire and create and yet all of us are in some way bound by the subtle threads/strings of our gender, culture, religion, relationships to one another and our vision. Yet We MOVE our bodies, our minds, our art ….OUR HOPE!”
Deborah Katz – A native Long Islander, with a visual and cultural arts background, Deborah was educated at SUNY Stony Brook University followed by her studies with Eleanore Dragonette, Betty Holliday and Stan Brodsky. Working to achieve movement and harmony with an interplay of color and shape, Deborah’s work allows the viewer their own interpretation. Deborah describes her work’s driving force as “representational, referencing nature, the process becomes more of a state of mind”.
Lisa J. Petker-Mintz – A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Lisa has exhibited extensively in the Metropolitan Long Island Area. Lisa’s paintings are autobiographical focusing on places, people and experiences in her life while reflecting personal yet universally recognized themes of death, love and children. Her primary medium is acrylic and mixed media, incorporating acetate and printed paper, working on a variety of surfaces including canvas, paper and board. Lisa’s statement about her work ” I need to make beautiful, cohesive and entertaining paintings. I am always challenging myself with the work, seeking new ways to express my ideas…”