'Scavenger Angels' take up residence at Lionheart
Published 10:39 am, Sunday, June 29, 2014
"Scavenger Angels" features the works of Tom Berntsen and Roxanne Faber Savage at the Lionheart Gallery in Pound Ridge, N.Y., just over the New Canaan border, through July 13. An artist's talk will be given at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 28.
The title "Scavenger Angels" was inspired by the poem "The Layers," by a U.S. poet laureate Stanley Kunitz, referring to fond memories of relationships with friends, according to Berntsen, who is exhibiting both photographs and sculpture.
"Artists are always scavenging for materials to use in their artworks and compelled to discover meaning in what they find," Faber Savage said.
Her works include monoprints, drawing, painting and mixed media. Images reflect her passion for "continually scavenging and exploring my need to create."
Berntsen's exhibition features photographs capturing layers of gestural line and pools of highlights, depicting the fluid elements of light.
"My work is a reminder of the irrepressible beauty in the cycle of time -- elements resembling structure, mythical landscapes or sensuous forms reflecting a dream state," he said. "As a witness on a journey, I meditate and am carried away out of self, into a reservoir of fleeting fragments of imagery -- words from a poem or a lyrical run of musical notes. These treasures from my experience coax me to acknowledge that another dimension exists where all is well, beautiful and complete."
In addition to the exhibition inside the gallery, there is a special collaborative outdoor installation in the aviary. The aviary will feature a twisting and turning labyrinth of "way markers" with symbols created by Berntsen, decorated by Faber Savage with "eyeball" prints and images suggesting lucky, unlucky or "the evil eye," transferred onto actual balls of various sizes through paper lithography. The balls will be moveable and children will find the labyrinth a fun experience.
The gallery, at 27 Westchester Ave., is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For information, call 914-764 -8689 or visit www.thelionheartgallery.com.