In curating her first exhibition of 2016, gallery owner Carol Stein took a fresh new approach. Introductions focuses on five established artists who have each developed a unique artistic language. Although these artists are nationally acclaimed, they are fairly new to Cumberland Gallery.

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Gavin Zeigler, Such Great Heights, 2012, Acrylic, old financial documents and mixed media on wood panel, 18″ x 24″

“Each of the artists works in different formats and there is nothing tying them together other than my respect for their work,” Stein says. “I think it is refreshing to see new interpretations and it is important to expose folks to new work.”

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Jean Wetta, Green Onions, 2015, Oil on wood panel, 10″ x 10″ x 2 “

Sculptor Douglass Schatz has been on Stein’s radar for some time. When he showed her his recent drawings, she wanted to include them in the exhibit. In his charcoal drawings, Schatz interweaves the formal use of light with existential ponderings. His use of chiaroscuro accentuates the forms as they fade into surrounding space.

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Douglass Schatz, Portal, 2015, Charcoal on paper, 32″ x 43″

By layering visuals such as blueprints, networking graphs, geographic patterns, weather charts, and topographic maps with mixed media, Heather Patterson forms new landscapes connecting the organic and geometric manmade world. Gavin Zeigler’s new collage work invites the viewer to see objects such as coins, checks, and stock certificates in a new artistic context. Jean Wetta’s intimate but mystical oil-on-panel works are primarily inspired by time spent with her grandmother when it seemed anything was possible. Ben Dallas returns to Cumberland Gallery with a new series of paintings in which repetition of pattern reveals subtle differences in the aesthetic.

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Heather Patterson, Connect, 2014, Mixed media on paper, 22″ x 28″

Introductions is on view at Cumberland Gallery from January 16 to February 20. For more information, visit www.cumberlandgallery.com.

Ben Dallas, Fauxtos 30, 2015, Acrylic glaze, polypropylene, board, plywood, 9 1/2 " x 10 1/4"

Ben Dallas, Fauxtos 30, 2015, Acrylic glaze, polypropylene, board, plywood, 9 1/2 ” x 10 1/4″

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