Gallery C to feature Wallflower: New Botanicals

In August, Gallery 66 NY will feature Primary Forces, highlighting Brigitte Freed’s dynamic paintings and the complex wood collage sculptures of Arny Weinstein.

Untitled by Brigitte Freed
Untitled by Brigitte Freed

Freed has worn various hats throughout her career. A painter since childhood, she has also enjoyed success as a New York City fashion designer, and as the developer and printer of the works of her late husband, the iconic photographer Leonard Freed. When Leonard became ill, Brigitte began to generate wildly colorful abstract paintings, both to bolster his creative spirit, and as an expression of her own creative impulses.

 Through his explorations in wood, Weinstein appears to magically add a third dimension to his two-dimensional creations. Using a variety of shapes, joined by glue into complex layers, he combines the orderly and the abstract, to form sculptures that are at once familiar and exotic. Each side of the sculptures –– created with woods that are worked so thin as to seem translucent — presents a completely unique aspect to the viewer.

Wallflower by Julie Anne Mann
Wallflower by Julie Anne Mann

Gallery C will feature Julie Anne Mann’s extraordinary creations. Raised along Washington State’s lush Olympic Peninsula, Mann grew up with an immutable appreciation of nature, and an awareness of man’s impact on it. With Wallflower: New Botanicals, she has crafted elegant examples of Victorian-style “wallpaper” that are actually made from moss.

She has also designed Mercury Falling, a sculpture that consists of some 300 dried flowers, cascading from ceiling to floor, into “pools” of silver-painted resin.

Meet the artists at the opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, at Gallery 66 NY, 66 Main St., Cold Spring. Visit gallery66ny.com or call 845-809-5838. The exhibit is on view from Aug. 1 through Aug. 31, 2014.

Images courtesy Gallery 66 NY

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