Hometown, National Artists Featured At Nelsonville’s Majestic Galleries

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Majestic Galleries, Nelsonville's non-profit contemporary art venue, will open an exhibition of works by artists who have been invited by individual members of the cooperative.

Each member chose an artist whose work they admire to be part of the multi-disciplinary group exhibit. There will be a public reception on Jan. 31 during Final Fridays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Fourteen artists from around the nation are participating in the group exhibit, which will be on display through Feb. 23.

Artists include Ohio University MFA candidate in Printmaking Micah Snyder; Kendall College Assistant Professor of Art Danielle Wyckoff; Ohio University Visiting Assistant Professor of Painting Lauren Rice; Kennedy Museum of Art Curator Petra Kralickova; Maine artist Katherine Winn; Athens, Ohio, artist Terry Fortkamp and others.

A wide range of techniques will be represented, including traditional and experimental media and installation, painting, photography, sculpture and more.

Artist Phil Petrie will exhibit three pieces from a series of "stack paintings." These abstract works refer to both architecture and rock strata, while simultaneously indicating images of the self, which, according to the artist, may contain elements of the structurally sound and the slapdash.

South Portland, Maine, painter Katherine Winn creates engaging "portraits" of places: landscape paintings imbued with a sense of identity and the graciousness of rural localities.

Mixed media artist Lauren Rice, who divides her time between Detroit, Mich., and Athens, Ohio, strives in her work to depict imagined fragments from future and former languages. Her erudite abstractions, which contain elements of wear, such as folds, cuts and erasures, serve as visual compressions of art historical reference in an age of information, image and technology.

Kennedy Museum Curator Petra Kralickova will display wall sculptures that refer to her childhood in Czechoslovakia during the Communist regime. Her work explores situations of sensual nuance, intimacy and interior conflict in relation to the human condition. These forms are both simplified and made complex through abstraction and repetition, as well as the artist’s representation of attitude, tension and emotion via materials such as wax, plaster, metal and fabric.

Majestic Galleries is open to the public Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Visit the venue's Facebook page for more information.