Thursday, January 31, 2008

More weekend plans

For those who will be in northern Dutchess County this weekend, I recommend checking out the opening of Faces Of Nature, a joint exhibition by Adrianne Lobel and Jennifer Axinn-Weiss at Sharada Gallery, 45 East Market Street in Rhinebeck. Pair the gallery visit with the American Symphony Orchestra performance at Bard College’s Fisher Center -- now this could make for a fab weekend. Actually, those are my plans. ☺

And, since I will be in the neighborhood, I hope I'll have time to shop at Leonardo's Italian Market at 51 East Market Street in Rhinebeck. I seem to remember there's a televised sports event on Sunday that will require some good food in the house -- Leonardo's has fresh mozzarella made daily, 14 varieties of fresh pasta and ravioli, homemade sauces and Italian sodas - the real thing! Yum ...

I am very much looking forward to the exhibition... Jen is a wonderful artist who creates the Gourmet Giggles cartoon in Hudson Valley Connoisseur magazine. I always enjoy seeing Jen and her husband, Michael Weiss, a professor at the Culinary Institute of America who writes the wines column for HVC magazine.

Here is more information about the exhibit from the gallery:

Sharada Gallery presents FACES OF NATURE, the first exhibit of the year by artists Adrianne Lobel and Jennifer Axinn-Weiss in their personal interpretation of nature. Though the styles of the artists are different—both their visions reflect a shared theme in their exploration of nature and their respective work reflects this awareness and representation.

In FACES OF NATURE, Adrianne Lobel exhibits an amazingly intricate multi-layered style of interpreting her world. She has simplified the elements to their essentials making negative spaces and the spaces between objects as powerful as the objects themselves. Adrianne's exploration of space is a poignant observation in their elegant composition. She has emphasized the underlying geometry in our everyday world and brings it to the surface.

"FACES OF NATURE" examines each artist interpretation of their world. The exhibit plays on the intersection between what is seen, and what is unseen. The different aspects to experiencing the environment we inhabit. What underscore these observations and insights are Lobel's years of experience as a stage designer. In her work, Adrianne has to be acutely aware of her spatial environment in order to create a particular atmosphere on stage. Adrianne Lobel's work is energetic, alive, abstract but figurative.

Jennifer Axinn-Weiss is a painter who explores her unseen and natural world. She has integrated the unseen world of spirit with the physical world. Art she feels is the place where invisible presence can be made visible through image, color, and light. She is compelled to paint so that she can capture the subtle aspect of her natural world.

The exhibition FACES OF NATURE will be on exhibit at Sharada Gallery from Saturday, February 2 to March 9. For more information, call 845-876-4828.
Sharada Gallery is located at 45 East Market Street, Rhinebeck. Hours are Wednesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m., and weekends, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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