Jamaican Folk Paintings and Plexiglas Sculptures on Display at LIU’s Brooklyn Campus
Alka Gupta,Assistant Director of Public Relations
Long Island University
Jan. 11, 2010/Brooklyn, N.Y. – The vibrant art of two diverse artists – one a painter of Jamaican heritage and the other a sculptor born in California - are showcased in galleries at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus in January and February.
The exhibitions of the work of Madge Scott and Rebecca Welz are free and open to the public. The Brooklyn Campus is located in downtown Brooklyn, on the corner of Dekalb and Flatbush avenues.
From January 11 to February 25, the Campus’s Salena and Resnick galleries will feature colorful paintings by Scott, a self-taught artist and storyteller. An opening reception will take place Tuesday, January 26, at 5:30 p.m. in the Salena Gallery. The Campus’s Humanities Gallery simultaneously will feature installations by Rebecca Welz, whose kite sculptures were described as “luminous constructions” that “appear to have been made both by nature and by hand” by Sculpture Magazine.
Scott began painting in 1997 after coming to the United States to pursue a nursing degree. Primarily a portrait and figure painter, she had her first showing in 2005 at the FRC Gallery in Hastings-on-Hudson, selling 16 pieces in one afternoon. Her work has since been featured at galleries, libraries and buildings in Westchester and New York City, including the Jamaican Consulate and the Lambs Theater in Manhattan. Scott owns a gallery in Hastings-on-Hudson and is a member of the Rivertowns Arts Council. Her work has been published by the Hastings Historical Society.
Welz's sculptures utilize Plexiglas painted and sanded to a translucent texture and are included in many public and private collections. A native of Sausalito near San Francisco, she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Boston Museum School of Fine Art. Welz lives in New York and works as an adjunct associate professor at the Pratt Institute. Her recent exhibitions include a show at the Hecksher Museum in Huntington, NY, and an exhibition at the Oakland Museum in Oakland, Calif.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday/Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (The Humanities Building Gallery is closed on weekends.) For more information, call Nancy Grove at (718) 488-1198.
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