The following was submitted by the Marblehead Arts Association:
The Marblehead Arts Association is proud to announce its upcoming exhibit, featuring work in mixed media of four local artists. From February 9 until March 10, the efforts of David Lieb, Leslie Fahn Rosenberg, Elizabeth Neville and Eva Hoffman will be displayed in the galleries of the Arts Association, 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead. The community is welcome to enjoy this outstanding show, which will feature an Artists’ Opening Reception on Sunday, March 10 from 2 to 4 pm.
”Descent/Ascension” – Mixed Media by David Lieb
Over the past 25 years, David Michael Lieb’s work has evolved from small hard canvases with a limited color palette to larger pieces with layers of paper collage (mostly from packing paper and tissues and newspaper clippings), acrylic paints and ink washes.)
As the work with collage has evolved, he has explored different adhesive methods from basic Elmer’s Glue to varied gel mediums, decoupage mediums and varnishes. The acrylic varnishes yield the most versatility as a decoupage medium and extender, allowing longer work with the acrylic paints.
Lieb says, “I find the process of collage to be very intuitive. In my early works it was uncommon for me to start a new piece having a pre-conceived notion of what the work would be about or would become in its finished form. With age, over the last decade, has come more deliberate works as part of a more planned out process. This show chronicles life transitions, including loss, love, beginnings and endings.”
“Decorated Women” – Mixed Media by Leslie Fahn Rosenberg
Women/Nature/Design are the common themes in this exhibit of portraits and mixed media collages entitled “Decorated Women.” The work is highly stylized, bold and graphic, infused with intense color and delicate line work.
The pieces are done “in series” or simultaneously, to maintain consistency and cohesiveness. Four or more rapid sketches (in magic marker) generally begin the process, followed by paint, collage (using advertising circulars that come in the mail), and finishing with hand drawn lines, dots and patterns.
Each group inspires the next series, and then the next....
Leslie Fahn Rosenberg is a full-time painter/sculptor. She works on paper sculptures, reverse paintings on plastic, layered pastels and embellished wood mounted paintings. Rosenberg participates regularly in juried, group and solo shows in galleries and unconventional venues, and she has curated and juried several exhibits. Rosenberg graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and studied at Carnegie Mellon University and Monserratt College of Art.
“All in the Eyes” – Photographs by Elizabeth Neville
A Massachusetts native, Elizabeth Neville earned degrees in photography and graphic design. Currently she teaches these areas of expertise at Northeastern to both undergraduate and graduate students. She has also created a photography business connected to her main photographic interest, portraiture. Her work has been shown in many local, regional and national group shows; and she is involved in a number of artists’ associations.
Neville stated, “The images in the MAA show are based on the same criteria used in my portraiture. The expressions, inner beauty and strengths are what are deemed most important and hopefully inherent in each image. Drawn from the ideas of strength, rage, beauty and humanity that are in each of us and make us the people we are, may be also seen in nature. Each subject is defined by ever-changing moods, unique emotion, and its own style, grace and color. While they might not be perfect, the subtle qualities beneath the surface that shine through are what make each piece meaningful to me.”
“True Abstractions” – Paintings by Eva Hoffman
Eva Hoffman earned a degree in architecture in Budapest, Hungary, followed by extensive training in figure and landscape drawing. She says that her paintings mirror her busy life all over the world. “I am so blessed to have the possibility to know different cultures, different people and many countries.” Through the years, her art has continued to evolve as her emotional perceptions have changed. “My art, more and more, is a reflection of my emotions of the moment. My art has become less contrived and more in tune with my inner self.”
Painting and architecture are the obsession and passion of her lifetime; and each work is a new invention. “As I come to the completion of a painting I sense an original spirit infusing the composition. The many years of my work and study of fine art have served me well, and I feel my paintings show the result of intense private scrutiny and concentration.” Her talents have earned her numerous awards, group and solo shows and association memberships.
Hoffman believes seeking peace is the highest of priorities one should have within their life goals. “When I think of what I would most like you, the viewer, to come away from a work of mine with is a sense of enjoyment and a little more peaceful than when it first attracted your attention.”
Gallery hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from 12 to 5 pm and Thursday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, please contact MAA at 781-631-2608 or visit marbleheadarts.org.