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Gallery I
October 7 – October 30, 2021
Receptions: Thursday October 7, 6-8 PM
Saturday October 16, 4-6 PM
Special viewing arrangements can be made with the artists 

BELONGING
Judith Greenwald

The Doorway, 2020, 12 x 12 x 1 5/8”, Oil paint and cold wax on cradled panel

In her show Belonging, Judith Greenwald combines two bodies of work. The first involves assemblages that grew directly from the dislocation of the Trump years and of Covid, She says, “With the acceleration of climate change, we are acutely aware that our belonging to this universe, and more specifically to this planet, is precarious at best. So too is belonging to country. During the Trump tenancy and beyond, we were all faced with disruptions and dislocations that felt painful and dangerous. Immigrants were not just unwelcome, but were incarcerated at our borders. And then came Covid which threatened even further our sense of belonging. We were isolated from those very institutions (family, friends, community) that helped us to feel grounded. Our sense of belonging has, indeed, been deeply challenged.”

Greenwald has chosen to focus on belonging rather than its absence. She attempted to take disparate materials (e.g., old wood covered by moss and lichens, wood that she covered with collaged materials, slats that had been rusted and oxidized, pieces that had been painted with encaustic, acrylic, or cold wax with oil paint, wire, plaster gauze) and combine them in a way that made them “belong” together.

During the isolation of Covid, Greenwald delved into a medium that was new to her— cold wax and oil paint. She then paired these paintings with poems that offered some kind of solace. Of this project she said, “In the process of making this work, I learned in a deeper way how I belonged to the art and the art belonged to me. And, all of that helped me to belong to myself in a new way.” 

There will be two openings: Thursday October 7 from 6-8pm 
Saturday October 16 from 4-6pm 
Special viewing arrangements can be made with artists 

Visit her website at www.judithgreenwald.com 


Gallery I
October 7 – October 30, 2021
Receptions: Thursday October 7, 6-8 PM
Saturday October 16, 4-6 PM
Special viewing arrangements can be made with the artists 

OBSERVING WOMEN
Tania Kravath

RECLINING FIGURE II, 2020,  33 x 14 x 6”, ceramics

TANIA KRAVATH OBSERVING WOMEN

Kravath’s ceramic sculptures of the female form hold the theme of women as vessels of knowledge and nurturers of seeds. These works pay homage to women’s unheard voices and are tied to social and political narratives. Framed by stories of immigrant experience, Kravath explores what it means to be a transplanted observer within the context of individual ancestral and cultural history.The surfaces of these ceramic sculptures, the arbitrary marks and patterns, seem to speak for the arbitrary events that affect each being. The work suggests a sense that these forms arise, like seeds from the earth and from vast spans of time. 

There will be two openings: Thursday October 7 from 6-8pm
Saturday October 16 from 4-6pm 
Special viewing arrangements can be made with artists 

Visit her website at TaniaKravath.com

Gallery II
October 7 – October 30, 2021
Receptions: Thursday October 7, 6-8 PM
Saturday October 16, 4-6 PM


Claiming Space
Marilyn Banner

Secrets, 2020, encaustic on wood, 12 x 12 x 1.5”

In Claiming Space artist Marilyn Banner continues her exploration of the earth’s forms and energies through the rich medium of encaustic. The initial inspiration for this work was her strong visceral response to lichen, to its variety of colors, textures, and shapes, and the way it proliferates on the surface of stone and bark. The colonies grow next to each other and on top of each other. They respond to their environment, to light and moisture in the air. They live together in concert, each species claiming space, and all co-existing peacefully. 

Marilyn Banner has exhibited her mixed media work in over 30 solo and 100 group shows across the US and abroad. Her work is in numerous private and public collections including Hebrew Union College in NYC, Sheppard Pratt in Baltimore, and the Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington DC. She is the recipient of ten residency fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and was awarded a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation VCCA Creative Fellows Grant. Her work was featured in “Encaustic Art in the 21st Century” by Anne Lee and E. Ashley Rooney. “Claiming Space” is the artist’s ninth solo show at Ceres Gallery.

For more information contact the artist at marilynbanner@verizon.netVisit her website at www.marilynbanner.com


Ceres Gallery is following all COVID19 requirements.
Masks are required at all times.

Hours: 12 noon to 6pm Tuesday-Saturday
Thursday 12 noon to 8pm


Upcoming
November 2 – 27, 2021

Christine Mottau
Escape to Within 

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Hanging Loosely to the Unknown