Two recent Fellows featured in local exhibitions
Photographer Shari Diamond, a resident during the May/June session this summer, was asked to participate in a two-person show at SUNY Cortland's Dowd Gallery. "I want to thank you again for the space and support," wrote Shari. "I had a very productive month and, because of the open studio, was invited to show my work at the Dowd Gallery."
The exhibit is called "Remembering/Reimagining." The opening reception will take place Thursday, September 6th from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. The Dowd Gallery is located in downtown Cortland at 9 Main Street.
A panel discussion, "New Ways of Seeing: Jewish-Muslim Relations," will take place on October 9 at 5:00 p.m. This discussion featuring Shari and Sanford Gutman, professor of history emeritus at SUNY Cortland, will explore the intersection of art and politics and new ways of looking at Jewish-Muslim relations.
"Saltonstall consistently draws talented artists and writers, and I always find it inspiring to speak with them and view their work in such a beautiful and relaxed setting," said gallery director Erika Fowler-Decatur. "At a recent open studios event, I had the very enjoyable opportunity to reconnect with artist Claudia Sbrissa and meet photographer Shari Diamond. As a result, works by both of them will be featured in upcoming shows at SUNY Cortland's Dowd Gallery."
The work of Roberto Silva-Ortiz, who was also a May/June resident this summer, will be featured at The Ink Shop in downtown Ithaca where Roberto has been the 2011-2012 Kahn Family Fellow.
The show opens with a reception on Gallery Night, Friday, September 7 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm, and runs through Friday, October 26. The Ink Shop is located at 330 E. State Street on the 2nd floor of the building housing the Community School of Music and Arts.
Roberto is a painter, draftsman, computer artist and printmaker. He studied drawing and painting at Escuela de Artes Visuales de Santurce in Puerto Rico. At 17 he received an apprenticeship with Rafael Trelles, one of Puerto Rico's most distinguished contemporary painters.
After two years of studies in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Puerto Rico, he was awarded a scholarship to study printmaking at the Academia de Bellas Artes San Alejandro in Havana, Cuba. After his studies in Cuba, he continued his art work in the Canary Islands before moving to Barcelona, Spain.
His work has been exhibited in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Spain, Norway, Macedonia and the United States.