The Romano Gallery features exhibits throughout the year.
Located in Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts, the gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, when school is in session. Artist receptions begin at 7 p.m. Dates and times of individual exhibits are subject to change, so please check this section of the website as individual exhibition dates approach.
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Romano Gallery Exhibitions for 2012-2013
August 27-September 22, 2012; September 13 Reception
This group exhibition of works by international artists focuses on,” a term derived from Sanskrit that literally means “avoidance of violence.” It is not meek submission; it is a fight using soul-force against the will of a tyrant which ultimately yields victory. Ahimsa shows up in Hindu culture as early as the 7 “ahimsa" and 8th century BCE and was adopted by Buddhism and Christianity.
September 25-October 20; October 11 Reception
Blair Academy Faculty Show
The 32nd Annual Faculty Exhibition will feature the paintings and drawings of veteran painting and drawing teacher Rita Baragona. Also exhibiting will be faculty members Kate Sykes (ceramics), Melissa Erne (photography), Nina Yuen (video) and Andee McEvoy (sculptures).
October 23-November 17; November 15 Reception
Marcia Clarke: The Arctic: Day into Night
Marcia Clark’s paintings feature Arctic landscapes, visited on journeys to Greenland, Iceland and arctic Norway. The glaciers, icebergs, and ensuing, detritus convey the very omens that currently haunt us, as she witnesses ice, appearing solid as a mountain, deconstruct, melt or suddenly vanish. Ice, in its fragility and beauty, and the arctic winter, with its vibrant electrically charged night skies, are the focus of this show, in small studies on aluminum, Mylar and canvas, and larger works incorporating multiple panels and mixed media.
November 29-December 22; December 6 Reception
Steve & Dawn Linden: Alone Together
Steve and Dawn Linden are known for their paintings, collages and 3D collaborations. Since first exhibiting their work in New York nearly 30 years ago, they opened a gallery called Visual Mixology in Stroudsburg, Pa., where they also live and work. Perhaps most representative of their artistic vision is a piece called “The High Life,” a painting of a Tyrannosaurus Rex that looms over a bright, pastoral setting. A wooden tool shaped like a bird dives into a collage, an assemblage of Miller High Life beer cans and Jurassic pop art like McDonald’s plastic theme plates. The painting provides the context, the collage the question.
January 3-January 31; January 10 Reception
Jen Groeber: The Wisdom to Know the Difference
Groeber uses woodcut, collage, stitching and text to explore the complex roles women play, as mother, daughter and sister. In her recent work, everyday objects—baby clothing, bottles and children’s shoes—are stand-ins for the people we were, for the children gone or hopes lost. “Here we are, generations of women—creating, mending, ordering, making meaning—so much of our life hidden in the button we sew, the things we try to mend,” said Groeber, who has four children. “What will my daughters and sons make of this?”
February 5-March 2; February 7 Reception
Susie Forrester: A Year and A Day… An Exploration with My iPhone
This exhibition represents a collection of work the photographer created using her iPhone over the past year. “Since it is always accessible, the iPhone has become a useful medium for me to record those moments that speak to me,” said Ms. Forrester. “Hearkening back to when I was 12 and received my first Polaroid camera, the iPhone allows me to tap into the immediacy of the visual connections I make in my daily life. See it, feel it, snap the picture.” Calling this the “age of the smartphone,” the artist says there are benefits and drawbacks to people’s reliance on such devices—so many people “check out” as they become immersed in apps and games—which makes the iPhone’s photo feature a tool of reconnection, rather than disconnection.
March 25-April 20; March 28 Reception
John A. Lee: Interiors
In this show, Virginia-based painter John Lee shows interior spaces that function like “Landscapes.” Painted from life and without an overt narrative, his work stands as a response to a perceived color world that results from mixing artificial and natural light with gritty, weathered surfaces. Muffled, reflective color mixtures surprise and move the eye through these quiet, still compositions, creating both a dense spatial gravity and an eerie color “mood.”
Annual Student Art ExhibitionApril 29-May 20; May 11 Reception