It’s happening now
By Terry Hertz
Happenings Gallery is pleased to welcome Lena Bartula with an opening featuring her work. Abstraction and symbolism weave together Bartula’s themes of truth, tolerance, history and poetry. At times her own poetry has inspired her art. Text and image have long been a part of her repertoire. The text isn’t necessarily legible as it may be automatic writing or simply used as line, form and pattern. Sewing also helps in “weaving together” ideas. She has sewn together such disparate materials as leaves, coins, corn husks and plastics to enhance her ideas. Among the mediums employed to create a variety of works are collage, photo transfer, monotype and altered books. Bartula has been a visual artist for 30 years. Her works have been shown in galleries and museums around the world and are in collections in Italy, France, US, UK, Australia, Canada and Mexico.
Sat, Nov 24, 6-8pm
More info 154-5366 or 154-7003
Also on view is work of the other members of the gallery. Gary Berkowitz’s evocative series of black and white gum prints were developed from photographs of “Residents of Alma.” Jo Brenzo’s hand-colored silver gelatin prints are part of a two-year traveling exhibition “Muestra de Fotografia Latinoamerica.” Iris Dawson is currently showing life drawings in bamboo pen and ink and wash on paper. The model, Luz, has been modeling for the past 30 years at the Institute and numerous private studios in San Miguel. Dawson accepts commissions for animal portraits. Examples of this work are also present at this time. Terry Hertz’s work deals with women’s lives and issues, a continuing theme in all of her work. The work presented is in mixed media on paper or mylar and collage of found images. Marion Perlet’s naïve figurative representations evoke a charming simplicity. Her beautiful use of color and its clarity is one of her many talents. The rich, textural palette explores the canvas from the small and dainty to the larger and more powerful. Javier Barras uses his camera to capture the moment in time, giving the viewer an opportunity to truly see the world, not merely look at what surrounds us.
The artists are looking forward to meeting you and answering questions you may have about their work.