Happening in the Hills
February 15 - March 29, 2020

GO FIGURE 2020 with Nancy Lasar and Rita Frenkel opens in the Loft Gallery

Throughout the earliest recordings of human existence from the cave to current, direct drawing from the human figure has been the most expressive of forms for revealing the energy and vibration of what it means to be alive in one’s time. This exhibition highlights and celebrates the commitment of two local artists to figure and portrait drawing as a basis of concentration. Knowing the structure and form of a three dimensional living, breathing, continually adjusting human subject allows the artist to develop the authority and freedom to compose images that have space and volume and especially, the capture of the energy of life. Within this discipline, the featured artists, longtime friends and colleagues Rita Frenkel and Nancy Lasar will demonstrate a range of diversity in approach and style.
GO FIGURE will be on view from February 15 – March 29, 2020. The Loft Gallery will host an opening reception on Saturday, February 15 from 4-6pm. The event is open to the community, and guests can meet the artists, and view their work, enjoy light fare and listen to live jazz by Bentley Lewis.

RITA MADURO FRENKEL has always been fascinated with and interested in drawing and painting the human form. For years, she has studied and painted with Nancy Lasar and other professional colleagues in her studio in New Preston CT. They first began painting as a group with a live model with a focus on portraits, but the whole figure began to emerge. She met the challenges of painting the figure by working up a watercolor sketch. The loose, flowing nature of watercolor allowed Rita to create more volume and sculptural gesture to her work, and was able to get a real semblance of the model. This approach was new to Rita as her other works in oil were based off of a sketch, which sometimes could still be seen within the final painting. Rita was pleased to figure out how to capture the many challenges of figure painting by using the watercolor technique to create her lively, voluminous, exaggerated people.

RITA MADURO FRENKEL is a native of Panama and resides in New Preston CT. She is graduate of Skidmore College with a degree in fine art. Her work is in numerous private collections, and can be seen at Smilow Cancer Center in New Haven, CT. She recently had a one-woman show at Carol Peck’s Restaurant in Woodbury CT and at the Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury CT. She has also participated in many group shows at the Washington Art Association.

NANCY LASAR is the recipient of two fellowships from the State of Connecticut Artist’s Grant Programs. During a career which extends for over 50 years, she has exhibited internationally in China, Sweden and Japan. Nancy is an “Alumni Artist” with A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn and in New York, and represented by VanDeb Editions. Her prints have been exhibited at The International Print Center New York and in 2008, the 183rd National Academy Survey of Contemporary American Art, in addition to inclusion in curated exhibitions at Site:Brooklyn.

Nancy’s monotypes are included in the just published “Singular and Serial: Contemporary Monotype and Monoprints” written by Catherine Kiernan and Ashley Rooney. Copies of this book as well as two other publications on Lasar’s work: “Line of Thought” and “Nancy Lasar: A Survey 1972-2012” are available on Amazon. The book is also available at the Hickory Stick Book Shop in Washington Depot, CT.

Critics have described Nancy’s work with such phrases as “drawing with light”, “organized chaos” and “calm and crazy”. In her own words, she says that “whether in drawing, painting or printmaking the process is about layering and energizing space in such a way that objects are fluid, interconnected and full of energy and movement.”

Nancy is represented by Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport. She has had two individual exhibitions at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT, Amy Simon Fine Art, Silvermine Gallery in New Canaan, CT and Washington Art Association in Washington, CT. She recently had a solo exhibition at Five Points Gallery in Torrington, CT and a two-person exhibition at Site Brooklyn: The Yard, Bryant Park in addition to innumerable group curated and feature exhibitions nationwide. Her work may be found in private collections including the Pfizer Corp, General Mills Corp, the Mattatuck Museum and Aetna Life and Casualty, as well as many homes and offices throughout the country.

Opening reception on Saturday, February 15 from 4-6pm.

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10 Main Street
New Preston

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