Reception Friday opens four shows

From Doll Is Art Guild


William Rubar pottery

Mary Fragapane art

Four art shows open at the Rome Art And Community Center, 308 W. Bloomfield St., with an Artist Reception to be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday. The reception is free and open to the public (adults only, please). A private student reception will be held separately for students who were selected to exhibit and their families, hosted by the Rome Art Association.

The enter’s galleries are open for viewing Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Sundays & Mondays. The exhibits will be on display through June 29.

In Gallery One, the Central New York Doll Is Art Guild presents a group exhibition of recent works. Guild officials said, "From Rag Dolls to Porcelain; Polymer Clay to Papier Mache’; Needle -felting to Needle Sculpting: no matter what style of dolls you love, you’ll find a creator of them in the midst of the members of the Central New York DOLL IS ART Guild! The members, residing in all the regions of New York State, are united by the love of creating one-of-a-kind figurative sculptures, known as Art Dolls."

Individually, their work has been viewed in national and international publications, as well as many galleries throughout the United States. From the State Fair to international competitions, their creations have won awards and accolades.

As a guild their work was published in a feature article of the summer 2006 issue of Art Doll Quarterly. Since the creation of their guild in 2004, members have exhibited their works in gallery shows showcasing the diversity, artistry and wonder of the figurative sculpture known as "doll".

In Gallery Two, the Rome Art Association will showcase student works who have been selected as ‘artists of the month’ throughout the 2009-2010 school year, along with 2010 RAA Senior student scholarship winners. The Student Art of the Month program is part of the association’s mission and is coordinated by Marsha Petrie, a board member of the Rome Art Association. The RAA is a separate organization from the Rome Art And Community Center.

The Conference Room Gallery will host regional artist/potter William Rubar. Rubar incorporates several cultural influences in his work. Specifically, one can discern the impact of studying Asian art, Abstract Expressionists, Graphic Arts and the contemporary ceramic artists, including, Val Cushing, Julia Galloway, Richard Hirsch, John Jessiman, Tony Hepburn and Robert Turner.

His work ethic is reflected in his studio practices and art. Rubar grew up in Lowville. Born into a Mennonite family with six children, he was raised in a cultural tradition that emphasized a spiritual life, strong work ethic and integrated relationship with nature. This background has, in turn, deeply influenced Rubar’s work. Major events include receiving his master’s of fine arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and establishing his ceramic studio in Port Leyden where he is restoring a Victorian home built in 1894.

The Center’s Library Gallery will host local artist Mary Fragapane of Rome and her exhibit entitled "50/50." This is a conceptual exhibit with 50 pieces of art being sold for $50 each, "making it both visually appealing and affordable," center officials said. The art pieces on display will be a diverse collection of smaller paintings, sketches and mixed media works.

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