Featuring work by four School of Art alumnae
Sarah Burris, Mary Mazzer, Kortney Niewierski and Annie Stimson
Kent State University’s Downtown Gallery will present “A Feminine Touch,” featuring new work by four School of Art alumnae, from June 24 to July 26. The Downtown Gallery, located at 141 E. Main St. in Kent, Ohio, will also host an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 26. Both the gallery and the reception are free and open to the public.
According to curator and gallery coordinator Lesley Sickle, artists Sarah Burris, Mary Mazzer, Kortney Niewierski and Annie Stimson “explore themes of vulnerability and female identity, focusing on material choices to convey their message.” In her curator’s statement, Sickle describes the various conceptual and technical strategies of each artist:
“Sarah Burris explores the delicate balance between vulnerability and sexuality. Using soft sculptural costumes and performances, she plays with the notion of femininity and examines identity and intimacy.
“Mary Mazzer is interested in illustrating the tensions between feminine strength and fragility. She uses drawing, painting and wall assemblages to express how feminine identity adjusts itself within the contemporary arena of social networking.
“Kortney Niewierski creates objects reminiscent of anatomical forms from very tactile materials that intrigue the viewer’s curiosity. She uses soft fabrics, rubber inserts and drawings that provide a reference to childhood toys, while equally implying adult themes within her work.
“Annie Stimson examines patterning and repetition as well as ideas of change and transformation in her sculptural works. Using objects with an unusual purpose and contrasting tactile qualities, she often creates delicate and sensitive systems and networks.”
The Downtown Gallery is open Monday through Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday noon - 5 p.m.
Alumna's pastoral paintings come to Blossom Music Center
The work of Ohio-based painter Jance Lentz will be featured in the solo exhibition “Jance Lentz: Gardens and Landscapes” at the Eells Gallery on the grounds of Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The Eells Gallery is operated by Kent State University School of Art Galleries and is open during every Cleveland Orchestra concert at Blossom, from two hours prior to the performance through intermission. “Gardens and Landscapes” will run from July 3 to 27.
Jance Lentz, who currently resides in Kent, is known for her vivid, impressionistic renderings of outdoor scenes. Ben Bassham, emeritus professor of art history at Kent State, has praised Lentz’s paintings for their “basis in strong drawing.”
“Like the American Impressionists of a hundred years ago, Lentz never abandons the integrity of her subject in favor of superficial dazzle,” said Bassham.
Lentz believes the pastoral subjects that dominate her work serve as an antidote to the disconnection of urbanized living.
“Images of gardens in particular connect us to those who came before — those who have nurtured the landscape, built beauty and created places of retreat,” she said.
Lentz received her B.F.A. and M.A. from Kent State University in 1973 and 1982, respectively.
Blossom Music Festival, the summer season of the Cleveland Orchestra, extends from July 3 to August 31. For more information and ticketing, visit http://www.clevelandorchestra.com/.
For additional information on the Eells Gallery and other School of Art Galleries exhibitions, visit http://galleries.kent.edu/.
More information on Jance Lentz and images of her work may be found at http://www.jancelentz.com/.