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For Immediate Release
June 9, 2001
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Fortenberry, Frostick and Gonglewski Exhibit in July

RICHMOND, VA – Artspace, located at 6 East Broad Street in downtown Richmond, is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibitions for July 2001. Artists Erin Fortenberry, Dana Frostick, and Alice Gonglewski present new works. The public is invited to the First Friday Opening Reception on Friday, July 6 from 7-9pm. Music will be provided by Richard Cornwell and Bobby Crockin. The exhibit will close on Sunday, July 29, 2001. Artspace is open Wednesday – Sunday, from 12 - 4pm or by appointment. You can learn more about Artspace at www.artspacegallery.org.

Erin Fortenberry presents new work exploring the figure. Contemporary ceramic sculptural pieces and cloth tapestries will make up her body of work. The pieces relate to the body, especially the female form. It is a study in human behavior. She is most interested in the viewers’ reaction to the work – do they dare touch? Fortenberry is a member of Artspace and has exhibited in Richmond and Washington, DC. She has a BFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. She facilitated creation of two of the rockfish in the public art exhibition, "Go Fish!" – one for The Children’s Museum of Richmond, and Artspace.

Dana Frostick will present an exhibition of twelve to fifteen paintings from her "Formations: Another View" series. These are representational, large-scale oils on canvas, with mixed-media frames. Drawn from the Grand Canyon, they convey layers of contrasting colors applied in a loose and gestural fashion. After the paintings were completed, Frostick examined the compositions and found hidden images stored within each piece. These subliminal themes are represented in her "allegorical frames," mixed-media creations, which speak about another view inside each work. This desire to redefine and control the natural state of the painting is a symbolic expression of mankind’s attempts to dominate and control his environment. Frostick is a member of Artspace and the Gallery’s webmaster. She studied sculpture from VCU. She has exhibited in New York City and Richmond.

Alice Gonglewski works explore family relationship and structure, and how the family dynamic shifts after tragedy. She uses tactile materials to create her compositions – paint on canvas meld with sticks and string, or stretchers become part of the piece. For her, it is a metaphor for the synthesis of material with emotion. Gonglewski is a Pennsylvania native, graduating from the Penn State University in art. She is an Art Educator at The Children’s Museum of Richmond.

Artspace is open Wednesday – Sunday, from 12 - 4pm, or by appointment, and is free to the public. You can learn more about Artspace at www.artspacegallery.org.

 
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