15 Jun The Camera and the Brush
“The Camera and the Brush” at Artists’ Gallery, month of June 2019
Local artist Pauline Rakis and photographer Jerry Weinstein will present a show of paintings and photographs in their upcoming show, “The Camera and the Brush” at Artists’ Gallery. The show runs from May 28-June30 with a reception on Saturday, June 8 from 4-6 p.m. at Artists’ Gallery, 8197 Main St., Ellicott City, Md.
The elements of the world around us can be depicted by either the
photographers’s lens or the artist’s brush. Both are intended to draw the
attention of the viewer. The lens
captures the artistry of nature, a moment in time, and architectural structure. The brush brings nature to the viewer through the imagination of the artist. The use of vibrant color, deep and varied texture, and unusual shapes bring the images to life.
Rakis will display a group of acrylic paintings that sometimes incorporate elements of collage, while Weinstein’s works are photographs captured during his recent travels to the Baltic States, Spain and Portugal. The show highlights how two very different artistic media can result in interesting and beautiful imagery.
Rakis employs the art of discovery in her paintings, laying down shapes and colors to bring out unexpected images that can be further developed as the work progresses. She works in both representational and abstract genres and prefers acrylic paint because of its flexibility. She primes her selected support with gesso and a bright undercoat of paint, which gives a luminosity to the piece when portions are left uncovered as other layers of paint are applied. In her collages, she uses acrylic paint, and often colors her own art tissue with rusted items sprayed with water and vinegar that are allowed to drip onto the paper to create a variety of interesting shapes and colors.
Rakis has been featured in many solo and group shows; has won numerous awards for her abstract, still life and portrait paintings; and her was featured in the Baltimore Sun.
Weinstein uses the camera to capture the artistry of nature — color, shape, pattern and texture — in even the most commonplace elements of the world around us. From his backyard to the world at large, he keeps his eyes open and his camera ready for every photographic opportunity. As he travels, he finds images that capture a sense of location as well as the beauty of these distant places. Weinstein’s travel photography includes landscapes and local people in faraway places such as Mongolia, Tibet, Kenya and Patagonia, as well as spectacular vistas in the U.S.
He has been photographing nature for five decades, initially focusing on close up views of flowers and plants to bring a perspective often missed, such as small colorful mushrooms on the forest floor or the color and patterns of the innermost portion of a flower blossom. He has more recently been photographing animals and birds (especially birds in flight) in their natural habitats, unsullied by the interference of human hands.
He hopes that bringing awareness of the great beauty that surrounds us will inspire people to preserve it for themselves and for future generations.