View announces two new exhibits

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OLD FORGE — View, the center for arts and culture, has announced the opening of two exhibits — “Little Water, Little Stone - They Live Sun’s Long Life” and “Cuba Dreaming.”

• “Little Water, Little Stone - They Live Sun’s Long Life” by Inguna Gremzde is a new solo exhibition in the Eco Gallery, opening Oct. 24.

This exhibition explores the complex relationship between humans and nature referring to landscape as a portrait of nature. Facing the world today the landscape has become not only a portal through which to consider traditional notions of beauty and the sublime, but also a framework to examine society, identity, and ecology. In Gremzde’s works, nature is regarded as a focus for the formation of individual and community’s identity.

The exhibition balances a number of works dealing with miniature landscape paintings placed in brightly colored bottle caps with images of lonely shoppers painted on transparent plastic lids.

Conceptually miniature scale could be regarded as a reference to the shrinking space of unaltered nature. An important aspect of the project was to upcycle discarded caps, attempting to reduce the amount of single-use plastic waste in the world in some way.

Gremzde is a multidisciplinary artist based in Riga, Latvia and London. Receiving MFA from Wimbledon College of Art (London) in 2011, Gremzde was selected for Axis MaStar graduate award by WW Gallery.

• “Cuba Dreaming” by local photographer Elisabeth Lorentzsen will be on display starting Oct. 31.

Liz Lorentzsen holds a B.A. in Art and Spanish from the University of Minnesota. She received her Master’s in Teaching from SUNY Plattsburgh and has taught Spanish in Lowville for the last 22 years. She has traveled extensively throughout the Spanish-speaking world, both with and without students, and in July of 2017 traveled with a group of language educators from all over the country to Cuba for a weeklong trip focusing on education, music, and culture.

These photos represent glimpses of Cuba from that week. The photos try and capture a snapshot of a country that is changing and in many ways also remaining the same. Cuba is a fascinating and beautiful country, with an interesting history. Lorentzsen hopes exhibition visitors also want to learn more about Cuba after seeing the images.

“Little Water, Little Stone” will be on display starting until Feb. 27, 2021; and “Cuba Dreaming” will be on display until March 6, 2021. View is located at 3273 State Route 28. For more information, go online to ViewArts.org or call 315-369-6411.

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