GraySpace Art Gallery

July 16 through August 25.

To answer the question, What does GraySpace Art bring to the art scene in Santa Barbara, Gallery Director, Ruth Ellen Hoag states, “I knew from the outset, that each exhibit would be a unique experience, giving patrons and visitors a fresh encounter, reflective of the contemporary work being shown. This, our second show, was an opportunity to change the energetic, eclectic feeling of the gallery’s grand opening exhibit to something quite different.

“Joan Rosenberg-Dent and I are the featured artists. Joan, a porcelain ceramist of primarily all white, delicate sculpture hung from the walls, placed on pedestals and on the floor; and myself, a painter known for colorful, figurative work.  RazzamaJazz brings the two divergent artistic views together in one free-flowing harmonic setting. Our common denominator is rhythm and pattern. Using the color gray, I painted sections of the walls to articulate several of the white porcelain pieces, then used the same gray to paint a large French horn on one wall setting off my two color oriented paintings of musicians, and tying in Gazelle and the black and white jazz piece, In What Key Does a Painting Reside?  A visitor to the gallery will hear the accompanying jazz playing on the radio.” 

Joan Rosenberg-Dent

Joan Rosenberg-Dent, a sculptor working in fine porcelain. “My pieces are conceived as concepts and presented as porcelain abstract sculpture.  They mostly allude to dance, music, poetry, and philosophy.  Currently, my work incorporates mixed media with hand-built ceramic forms.”

Template for Humanity 
Inspired by men’s shirt collar patterns hanging on a factory wall from metal hooks.  I loved the simplicity of forms and that they relate to people.  Hence, a template for humanity.

Riding the waves
A metaphor for handling our lives.

Reveal
Each porcelain square is pulled back to reveal previous spaces.  Some reveal more than others….just as we vary in about the amount we reveal to others.

Dancers 
Inspired by master classes with Martha Graham dressed in long, flowing dresses while leaning on her cane in gestural poses.

There’s Always One
Because there’s always one in every bunch, group, family.

Ruth Ellen Hoag

Ruth Ellen Hoag, figurative painter working in watercolor and acrylic. “As a musician become painter, my art is as much about hearing as it is about seeing. To show what something feels like is what I hope to convey in paint.”

Gazelle

In New York, people dress up. My alter ego is always in New York where inspiration is in every encounter. Gazelle is one of these instances. I’m sure her name is not Gazelle, but she reminded me of the lovely, fleet-footed African animal sure of her elegance. The girl was real. The setting is made of my desire for her to exist where she alone would control the world.

In What Key Does a Painting Reside?

I take breaks from painting to do mindless play with line in black and white media. No expectations. Sometimes I write poetry into the pieces, as in this one about music and the City.

Nate’s Horn and The Tubist

The origins of these paintings are at The Music Academy of the West. Being a former French hornist, I live vicariously through these fabulous young people. Recently, Nathaniel Silberschlag became Principal Horn at the Cleveland Symphony at the ripe old age of 21.

 Ruth@GraySpaceArt.com

219 Gray Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93101