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547 West 27th St Suite 201 New York, NY 10001




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March 28 - April 22, 2017
Gallery I

The Painted Garden: Sculpture and Paintings Figure
Phyllis Rosser

Thur, April 6, 6-8pm
Fri, April 7, 6-8pm

Rosser sculpture

Elephant Magnolia, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 inches

Rosser painting

Elephant Magnolia, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 inches

Phyllis Rosser invokes the wildness of nature in her latest solo exhibition of sculpture and paintings opening March 28th. Tree limbs stripped bare of their bark, which she gathers from the banks of the Connecticut River in Vermont, are woven into large abstract constructions. The assembled limbs are left in their natural state, which suggests their earlier life rushing through water and heightens the sensuality of the bare wood surface. Some sculptures are painted vibrant colors to make the lyrical patterns of their construction more explicit. Rosser uses phrases from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass for her titles to express exuberance and passion for the natural world.

Her relationship with nature is even more ecstatic in the garden and flower paintings. The gardens are utopian views of the constructed landscape - flowers and plants arranged as living sculptures. The flower paintings create erotic excitement by allowing the viewer to see their natural forms and colors close up, revealing them as both beautiful and sublime. "She captures nature as a bold and optimistic experience in her art. We become more enlightened, more human, immersing ourselves in her crafted world," says Art Critic/Historian Anne Swartz.

The Painted Forest will include eight large and ten smaller sculptures as well as four garden and flower paintings. This is Phyllis Rosser's 19th solo show. She is represented in numerous private and public collections including the Microsoft Art Collection, the Smith College Museum of Art, Rowan University Art Gallery and Johnson & Johnson, and has appeared in many group shows in New York, New England and New Jersey.

March 28 - April 22, 2017
Gallery II

Still at the Edge
Marilyn Banner

Thur, April 6, 6-8pm
Fri, April 7, 6-8pm


Red, encaustic on wood, 12 x12 inches

Marilyn Banner 's work with water and the water's edge began in 2011. She was moved to capture the tones and mysterious strips of color that moved from the sand at her feet across the water to the other shore and to the horizon.

She finds ways to be at the water's edge for a time each year. Her experience there is so profound that she takes in many layers of inspiration and nourishment from the air, the sound of the wind and the waves, the feel of sand underfoot, and the bits of "stuff" glimpsed as she walks along the edge.

"The paintings in Still at the Edge reference nature in its abundance, especially in its myriad forms, variations, textures, proliferations, and directions of growth. I draw on the sunlight dotting the water, the barnacles on shells, seaweed scattered here and there, spiraling shell forms, watermarks, the bubbles in sea foam, and most compelling recently, the infinite grains of sand.

I trust a way of working that relies on an inner knowing, a body/psyche knowledge of the connections of everything in nature. Here in this work sea foam begins to look like blood cells, water paths remind one of neurons, sand grains become mitochondria, and spiral shells begin to suggest nebulae. Sandscapes have become inner body-scapes and outer space-scapes. Everything is connected in form."

Marilyn Banner lives and works in Takoma Park, Maryland. She exhibits her work frequently, most recently at Delaplaine Center for the Arts and Adkins Arboretum Gallery, both in Maryland, and at McLean Project for the Arts in Virginia. Her work is in many public and well over 100 private collections.

Upcoming: April 25 - May 20, 2017

Carol Goebel

New Work
Carlyle Chaudruc

Ceres Gallery 547 West 27th Street Suite 201 New York, NY 10001 phone: 212-947-6100 fax: 212-202-5455
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