Opening reception at IMAGO features three artists
Three artists –Lenny Rumpler, Howard Windham and Ilse Buchert Nesbitt –will display their artwork at Imago Foundation for the Arts (IFA) in a group exhibit August 24 through September 24 at IMAGO Gallery, 36 Market Street. A free, public reception will be held on Friday, August 25 from 6 – 8 p.m.
IMAGO artist Lenny Rumpler will present a collection of works that exemplify the particular photographic eye he has developed over a 60-plus year career. His work in this exhibit will include an early black-and-white photograph taken of Michelangelo’s David in Florence and more recent black-and-white and color prints of bridges, abstractions and photographs taken during a trip to Alaska. In all cases, it was the form and light he saw that inspired him. He says, “Forms, shapes, the way light falls on objects have always intrigued me. From the beginning, I have been interested in abstracts and things that most people wouldn’t even bother with.” He exhibits widely throughout southern New England and is also a member of the Providence Art Club, Providence Center for Photographic Arts, the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative and the Portsmouth Arts Guild.
Howard Windham’s work is influenced equally by other artists, graphic designers, and illustrators. He works in collage (usually cut and pasted paper), paint (usually gouache), drawing (usually ink), and sculpture (usually reconfigured odds-and-ends). He has shown regionally in solo and group exhibitions at IMAGO, the Bristol Art Museum, the Virginia Lynch Gallery and galleries at Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, UMass Dartmouth and Providence College, among others. His work for this exhibit includes a selection of ink drawings, some sort-of figurative, some abstract, and recent collages all representing his playful and whimsical point of view.
Guest artist Ilse Buchert Nesbitt designs and creates block prints, small books, and note paper at the Third and Elm Press in Newport which she founded with her late husband in 1965. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibits in both the United States and Germany and can be found in libraries, museums and private collections around the globe. This exhibit will feature hand-rubbed woodprints on mulberry fiber paper made by the artist. The exhibit will include local scenes such as the Rhode Island shore, hand-colored botanical subjects and other subjects that, in the artist’s words, “invite themselves.”
Other IMAGO artists who will be exhibiting are Eileen Siobhan Collins, Rose Esson-Dawson, Mary Dondero, Betty Harrington, Carl Keitner, Pascale Lord, Eileen Mayhew, Linda Megathlin, Yolanda Mazzoni, Mercedes Nuñez, Anne Marie Rossi and Howard Rotblat-Walker.
Regular IMAGO gallery hours are Thursdays 4 – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.