Guest artists exhibit paintings, photos, sculpture, drawings, collages

The Marina Gallery in Cold Spring announces Aspects, an invitational group show for which the 11 gallery members have invited 11 guest artists. The exhibition runs from March 1-31, with an opening on Friday, March 1, 6 – 8 p.m.

One of the invited artists, Daniel Galas, said, “Art is a means for me to contemplate the world and to connect to the present.” His multimedia works show close observation combined with a smart, playful presentation.

Artist Joanne Howard toys with the viewer’s sense of repulsion and propriety to make pithy and often hilarious comments about current society.

Photographer Margaret Casella, a widely published commercial photographer, will show gelatin silver prints from her Roots series, which “are photographed as if they are still in the earth, exuding a powerful life force.”

Lisa Knaus, director of the Garrison Art Center’s ceramics department, will be exhibiting wheel-thrown sculptural towers that display a combination of 3-D form with painterly surfaces.

The work of sculptor and printmaker Ann Pachner focuses on archetypal elements such as water and fire. Through a sophisticated process, combining drawing with computer technology, her prints develop into highly concentrated primal images, bursting with color.

Nancy Hull, who works primarily in pencil, will be showing several of her drawings in which she courts “a certain impreciseness, or unexpectedness.”

The paintings of Robert Schatz evoke the hazy lyricism of Chinese Song Dynasty landscape painting reinterpreted for a 21st-century audience.

Garrison artist Tracy Strong’s collages are created using the same materials she uses as a bookbinder and box maker. Working within a rectilinear format her pieces are a process of combining, breaking down and re-combining until the final image is achieved.

Artist Barbara Rothenberg draws heavily from her life and the nature that surrounds her, which she channels to create her abstract works. “The work may be a response to a feeling or an event, a form in nature or the material itself,” Rothenberg said. “I never know quite how it will resolve itself, and in the best cases, there is discovery and a sense of surprise.”

The other artists showing in Aspects are Jean Marzollo and Susanna Bergtold.

The Marina Gallery is located at 153 Main St. in Cold Spring. Gallery hours are Thursday – Sunday, 12 – 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call 845-265-2204.

Photos courtesy of The Marina Gallery

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