The new exhibit “Color Theories,” opening Friday, Feb. 24 at Nine Muses Art Gallery, presents a rich contrast of color and texture between the works of two regional artists.
Priscilla Roggenkamp and Michael Greenwald will be at the gallery for the opening reception, Friday, Feb. 24, 5 to 8 p.m. The acoustic band Rock Salt and Nails will perform during the evening, which is also Barberton’s 4th Friday. The event is free and open to the public.
The pieces explore how the two artists engage color and strive to seek a perfection that leads them to create bold or nuanced works. The exhibition runs until April 22.
“Color has always played a significant role in my paintings, whether landscapes or abstract. I love color and the effect of juxtaposing one shade with another, having a color fade from bright to subtle and light to dark,” Greenwald shared when asked about his approach to using color.
Born in Oxford, England, he grew up in Cleveland where he now has a studio downtown, and he runs a small art gallery on the west side in the 78th Street Studios Building near Gordon Square.
“My landscape paintings focus on the earth, the environment and the natural world with color being a tool or an element of the work. In my abstract works I can say that color is the primary subject,” Greenwald explained.
After traveling and living abroad, he returned to Cleveland and attended the Cleveland Institute of Art, primarily studying glass. He received his undergraduate degree from Skidmore College. He was awarded the Portfolio Scholarship Award for 1996 and 1997. Greenwald has paintings in collections across the country and his work is shown throughout northeast Ohio and in galleries in New York and California. His website is greenwaldstudio.com.
Roggenkamp, who lives in Alliance, took first place in the 2017 FRESH 13th Juried Art Exhibition at Summit Artspace, which just recently ended. Her piece, “Refugee,” is a piercing interpretation of war and displacement, fabricated of cotton, rafts, keys, tote bags and rope.
She studied art at Kent State University (M.F.A.), University of Arkansas (M.Ed.) and Heidelberg College (B.A.). Working primarily in drawing and painting, she began creating three-dimensional work in the mid 1990’s. She has curated several exhibitions of contemporary fiber arts; an exhibition of sculpture, photography and costume design related to the play “Romeo and Juliet”; and an exhibition of works that express the traits, DNA, memories and experiences that shape humans.
Roggenkamp is currently teaching at Ashland University. She has taught at The College of Wooster, Mount Union College, Canton Country Day School, Blue Ridge Community College, James Madison University and the University of Arkansas.
Rock Salt and Nails features an acoustic lineup. The multi-talented Roggenkamp is the band’s bass player, sings and also writes some of their play list. The band includes vocalist Keith McMahon on lead guitar and mandolin and string player and songwriter Jim Dutter. Their catalog ranges from bluegrass instrumentals and meaningful ballads, to original tracks that have their audiences singing along.
Nine Muses is operated by Summit Artspace. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Mondays, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sundays. The gallery is open for Barberton 4th Friday, which is coming up on Feb. 24, 5 to 8 p.m. Nine Muses is located at 584 W. Tuscarawas Ave., Barberton.
For information about Nine Muses Art Gallery go to summitartspace.org or call 330-376-8480. Find Nine Muses, the Art Center on Tuscarawas and Summit Artspace on Facebook. Summit Artspace is on Twitter @AkronAreaArts and on Snapchat.