Bristol Art Museum to hold first exhibit in its new home

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“Fleeting Perspectives & Expanding Boundaries” features three artists.

The Bristol Art Museum presents “Fleeting Perspectives & Expanding Boundaries,” the first exhibit in its new home, from Feb. 28 to April 13.

On view in the Livingston Gallery is work by sculptor Jerold Ehrlich and painter/printmaker Michael Rich. In the Brick Gallery is interdisciplinary work by Paulette Hartlett Carr.

Even though Jerry Ehrlich’s work is constructed out of the detritus of construction sites, he considers himself a traditionalist. He polishes, cuts and molds, creating interplay of shadow and light, roughness and smoothness, flow and interruption with reclaimed materials, transforming them into unexpected beauty. Working near Providence, Ehrlich has exhibited extensively across New England, including a solo exhibit at the Newport Art Museum in Newport, and at the Providence Art Club and Lenore Gray Gallery both in Providence. His work is held in the permanent collections of the Dorchester Hotel in London, Duke Energy Headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., and at the Peerless Building, Providence.

Michael Rich is a professor of art and visual arts program coordinator at Roger Williams University. Time spent around the waters of Nantucket Island and the hills of central Italy helped to shape a love and interest in landscape and natural rhythms of color that remain very much a focal point in his work today. A dedicated practitioner of yoga, Rich is influenced greatly by Eastern philosophy and art in an approach to nature and landscape as a wellspring for spiritual investigation and meditation. Recent featured museum exhibitions include The Newport Art Museum and the Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville Arkansas. Rich's work is featured in private and public collections nationally including the Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, and the Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Ohio.

Paulette Hartlett Carr’s work is influenced by ancient Greek and Roman statuary and fashion as well as the transformative consequence that time has on organic materials. Using natural materials such as burlap, copper, steel and wood, her work is intended to gently weather and patina over the course of time. This creates a unified relationship between the artwork and the environments in which they are placed. Carr’s sculptures and the natural environments surrounding them eventually become one. This combination of sculpture within the natural environment evokes the feeling that one may have discovered an ancient and sacred place, the meaning of which has been lost in time, but the spirit of which continues to resonate.

An artist reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 7; and an artist talk will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 16.

WHERE: Bristol Art Museum, 10 Wardwell St., Bristol

WHEN: Gallery hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays to Sundays.

COST: $2; free for members and children under 12

MORE INFO: bristolartmuseum.org; 401/253-4400

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