Wednesday, November 24, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Holiday Show at BigTown Gallery in Rochester

2010 Holiday Show, 11/27 - 2/13

In this season of the celebration of traditions, one of the events at BigTown Gallery that has become a gratifying tradition for us is our annual Holiday Show. It is an opportunity to bring together in the gallery's renovated and expanded space an eclectic mix of fine art and interesting craft, and to present the interactions of those juxtapositions to a diverse regional and local community. The artist lineup this year is an exciting one, featuring both new and returning artists.

Opening Reception & Artist Discussion
Saturday, November 27th, 5 - 7 PM

Open House & Holiday Shopping Extravaganza
Saturday, December 11th, 2 - 8 PM
With pianist Keith Bush beginning at 4 PM

New Years Warm-up
Friday, December 31st, 4 - 6 PM
Featuring BigTown Gallery's Wish Wall

BigTown Gallery will be closed on Saturday, January 1st, 2011. We will reopen at 11 AM on Sunday January 2nd.

Among the artists new to BigTown:

MARK GOODWIN uses wood sculpture and milk-paint drawing to evoke visual languages that speak wordlessly of cultures extending from antiquity to the present.

ARLENE GROSSMAN's small oil studies of collaged works define and explicate space in cubist miniature.

CRISTINA SALUSTI's Spirit Bowls and ceramics are detailed with 22k gold inlay antique decaling.

NANCY H. TAPLIN's recent oil paintings extend into new forms her colorful exploration of line and the implied texture of form.

ANNIE WITTE's handstichings derived from drawings of domestic vignettes express an accessible universality in both their simplicity and their familiarity.

Huichol artist JOSE BENITEZ SANCHEZ (1938-2009, see image) expresses the religious vision of his heritage in paintings of colorful yarn pressed into beeswax. This exhibition features several of his paintings from the period of 1979-1983, pinnacle to the form, that are recognized as stellar examples of Huichol yarn painting.

Returning to BigTown's Holiday Show are Pat dipaula Klein and Bhakti Ziek.

PAT DIPAULA KLEIN's hand-embroidered birds on linen express a vernacular the artist derives from her imagination and her interest in the Peruvian embroidery of the Nasca Necropolis. Her piece, Four Seasonal Birds, the artist created specifically fror this show.

BHAKTI ZIEK, master Jacquard weaver, creates in her hand-woven textiles a bridge between contemporary context and traditional mediums. She finds in her work the perfect metaphor for how we build our lives from multiple identities and interests.

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