Thursday, September 1, 2011

South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk Sept. 2nd!

from Phantom Galleries 
Join us for the First Friday Art Walk & Street Mrkt this Friday, Sept. 2nd!

Two new solo exhibitions by Leslie Ann Rice and Sara Tomasello
KALEID Gallery, 88 So. Fourth St.

Circus Act sculptures by Leslie Ann Rice
A mutt-ley crew of characters explore the circus of popular culture, touching upon the freakish tendencies of human nature.

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Looking through the Glass paintings by Sara Tomasello
Through her paintings, Sara Tomasello builds on themes of intimacy and the unity of opposites. Her characters are symbols for the light and dark aspects of human nature. Using a vibrant color palette and inspired by universal mythological themes, Sara portrays the emotional impact of the world she sees and experiences it in her acrylic paintings. There is a story behind each piece and it begins; Once upon time. Viewers are invited to look through the glass that Sara views the world and reflect on your own experiences of the world.

The Peculiar Pageant new paintings and installation by Lacey Bryant
Good Karma Vegan Cafe, 37 So. First Street
Theatrically posed and surrounded by lush, illusory environments, the subjects of Lacey’s newest works are like pictures in a storybook written in an unknown language. The images are somewhat familiar but certain elements remains foreign. Like a hazy dream of an imagined childhood long forgotten, the images strive to make you feel as if you just might have been there once, maybe. As is common in Lacey’s work, there is a subtle tension between beautiful and unsettling elements. This contrast creates a sense of mystery and invites the viewer to construct their own interpretation of the scenes. In the safety of a world poised between reality and imagination where common symbols mingle with strange ones, Lacey’s characters expose their fears, doubts, despairs and longings.

Folie à Deux Family Tree Monotypes and Glass Statues by Curt Schauer
Phantom Galleries, 95 So. Market St:
In this exhibit, Curt traces the origins and family history of the Folie a Deux series. From the image on the original sign in Tokyo that inspired the figurative images and the early acrylic ink monotype studies, digital drawings and oil based monotypes to the final five piece monotype series and blown glass statues that defined Curt’s work from 2008 to today. Folie a Deux explores the duality of extremes and conflict in human nature and between the art and the viewer in figurative and expressionist styles. Not satisfied with a single medium to express his vision,
Curt furthered the duality theme by recreating the series in colorful 3D blown glass with hand etched graal images. This is the first exhibit to display the family tree in life (glass) and in portrait (monotypes) and displays the use of color, light, movement and dimension in Curt’s art.

The First Friday Art Walk includes 20 participating venues and STREET MRKT will have 40 indie artists booths &3 live bands out on South First St. 7pm-11pm, FREE
Check out the full South FIRST FRIDAYS event lineup

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