2009-11-20 / Top Stories

RAA Presents 'Glass And Water'

Glass & Water Art Exhibition at Rock away Artists Alliance, Rockaway, NY from November 21 - December 6, showcases two different Rockaway artists, Renée B. Radenberg and Chris tian LeGars. They are from two different countries, with two different backgrounds, using two different med - iums which come together to form a very rare and special art show. The blending of glass mobiles and glass sculptures with watercolors and original prints gives the art motion, color, and a living presence. The use of space and visual stimulus together transforms the glass and watercolor pieces to blend together as one.

Christian brings a fresh look to water color with his dynamic use of color and black and white. He is a master of chiaroscuro, switching the play of light and shadow, a primary element of his compositions. "In his last exhibition Christian was rewarded with very high praise for his sensitivity to light and color as well as his unique feeling for texture and line," stated John Smith-Amato, director of Synchronicity Space. Christian's origi-

nal prints are so exquisite that they appear as if he used a brush instead of a printer's plate. "Water- co lorist Chris tian LeGars has of late brought his unique vision and considerable talent to the art of printmaking," Susan Har tenstein, Art Colum nist, Wave newspaper.

Renée's source of inspiration is na - ture even though the art pieces are abstract. The medium used, metals and glass, come from natural surroun - dings. She uses glass (recycled and scrap stained glass) as weights in mobiles and free forms it into sculptures. Using the various metals (copper, aluminum, etc. new or used) with the glass, the mobiles and sculptures are colorful and transformed into whirling, playful objects to view in amazement. The area between the objects suspended in the air and the rotation in space is very magical.

Christian LeGars was born in Paris, France and is one of only 25 printmakers whose work appears in the first portfolio ever to be published of the in - ternationally renowned Printmak ing Workshop under the direction of Rob - ert Blackburn. He has spent his formative years in Montmartre, the birth - place of the Impressionists; in Bre - tagne, with the school of Pont Aven created by Gauguin; and the international colony of Concarneau. He states, "I was transcended being surrounded by the art and influences of such art - ists as Gauguin, Toulouse Lautrec, Utri l lo, Signac and other. It was a gift of beauty." His work is in numerous individual collections worldwide inclu - d ing the Jacques Mallet Collection, Lib rary of Congress, and Washington, D.C., the permanent print collection of the Montclair Museum, NJ, and the Robert Blackburn Collection, NY. His exhibitions include those at The Sal - magundi Art Club, National Arts Club, Allied Artists of America, Audubon So - ciety, and Synchronicity Space. Chris - tian was the recipient of the Man - hattan Arts International magazine Artist Showcase Award, the Man - hattanArts.com Artist of the Month Award, and the Jack Richeson and Co. Gold Brush Award for Watercolor.

Renée B. Radenberg, a native New Yorker, is a rising artist who uses recycled and scrap stained glass in nontraditional methods. She showed artistic abilities at an early age. With the encouragement and mentoring from her parents and various art teachers in her youth that talent was developed and led her to Parsons School of De - sign, New York. There she gained a greater understanding of design, space, color and light. Renée has wor - ked with different mediums, such as oil painting landscapes/still-life and inks. She, however, presently works mainly with glass and metals forming mobiles (large and small) and sculptures. Her work has been shown in numerous art exhibitions at different art organizations, including Pen and Brush, NY, and Audubon Artists at The Salmagundi Art Club, NY. She was selected to create a holiday tree ornament for the White House tree during the Bush administration. She was also Featured Artist at Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition, awarded the Best Art Piece at 364 Gallery Recycle, Reuse Art Exhibition, and one of her mobiles was the first ever featured at the Audubon Artists 67th Art Exhibit.

Glass & Water will be at sTudio 7 Fort Tilden, Rockaway, NY on weekends from November 21 through Dec - ember 6. There will be a Fundrais ing "Tree" to help raise funds for Rock - away Artists Alliance. Rockaway Art - ists Alliance, Inc. (RAA) is a not-forprofit arts organization comprised of individuals who are dedicated to promoting the arts through diversity, education and public service.

Calendar as follows:

Saturday November 21 - opening recep tion 1- 3pm

Sunday November 22 - Artists' Demonstrations 1-3pm

Saturday November 28 - Evening Art & Music Affair 7-11pm

Saturday Closing Party December 5 - Evening Art & Music Affair 7-11pm. Come see this rare combination of color literally on paper and glass!

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