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RISING to the SURFACE with Brenda Antonowicz March 15 - April 26, 2014

Saturday, March 15 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Brenda Antonowicz is a mixed media artist who resides in the town of Western, New York with her husband, Peter, and two dogs.  Her passion for art developed in the mid-1990’s when confronted with great tragedy, trauma, and loss. She found creating art therapeutic and its practice an integral means in her healing process.

Brenda has diverse interests in art but favors acrylic painting, mixed media, abstract, and semi-abstract expressionism.  Her fascination with texture, color, depth and dimension is revealed by her use of various materials and mediums; often incorporating organic elements such as eggshells, sand, rice, and coffee grounds into her work.  Guided by intuition, Brenda’s work is often the result of her creative process rather than a predetermined intent to reflect any specific image. 

As a member of the Rome Art Association, Brenda serves on the Board of Directors, chairs the Membership Committee and has judged student art for the Rome City School District.  Her art has received many awards, honors of recognition, and is frequently displayed in area businesses and community centers. As time allows, Brenda conducts workshops and presentations on various art techniques and projects for children and adults at local schools, businesses, community based programs, and at her private studio. She continues to support and advocate for the utilization of the arts in therapy and as therapy.       

Upcoming Shows

Opening receptions offer an opportunity to meet the artist in a small group setting, enjoy light refreshments, and perhaps an art discussion with a new acquaintance.  Receptions are free and open to the public.

FROM the RIVER to the SEA with David Burns May 3 - June 21, 2014

Saturday, May 3 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM

When working the family farm, I never considered a building that housed animals would become a subject for art; yet, returning years later, as if in a different light, I then noticed how winter’s sun accentuated the vertical boards, exaggerated the angle of its eves and how the cast shadows became tinted by light that bounced off the new fallen snow. At that found moment, I wondered who among the generations past would have noticed; if our great-grandfather, while leading his teams of horses back to that barn, had he ever observed those similar effects?

An artist could be anyone who is attentive to his surrounds; notices when a common scene becomes caught in an uncommon light. Long before I considered art, before painting, on this one occasion, in the middle of the night, with a patient in dire straights, as the flood of light ‘bathed’ the green surgical drapes-even then, I took notice of the effects known as ‘chiaroscuro.’

An artist is one who desires to capture that moment and put it eventually into a frame; it will always be an elusive pursuit. Many have helped with my effort; but two notable watercolorists: Guy Corriero, AWS and the late Bus Romeling, have led the way.



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