Little Gorgeous Things Presents "4 Women 4 Muses"
From Saturday October 8 through Thursday, October 27, 2005, Little Gorgeous Things presents a group exhibit, "4 Women 4 Muses," opening with an artists' reception from 6-8pm on Saturday, October 8 in the Garden Gallery. This special exhibit features the work of four unique women artists: Color photographs of Times Square and Provincetown by Cassandra Spencer; Portrait drawings and figure studies by Jacqueline Levinson; Black and white photography by RJKATZ; and "The Alien Project," color photography by Andrea Rosenthal. Please see below biographies for each artist:
Los Angeles based artist and photographer Cassandra Spencer showed an unusual natural ability in drawing and painting very young, starting her formal training at age eleven. Doing professional work by age twelve, she excelled not only in her original work but in reproductions as well. She studied painting and sculpture at Rutgers University, where she earned a B.A. She was an exchange student at the Universities of London and Madrid where she studied art history, traveling through a number of European countries studying the old to modern masters firsthand at many top museums such as the Louvre and the Prado. Cassandra then moved to Cuernavaca, Mexico, to study at the 'Centro Intercultural de Documentacion," known as a haven for renowned intellectuals and artists from around the world. She later studied and worked professionally under world-class designers and architects, providing paintings and designing faux finishes for fine hotels.
Working in watercolor, acrylic, silk, and pen and ink, Cassandra long favored traditional seascapes but also developed her own abstract style of shapes within shapes, somewhat reminiscent of the design motifs of ancient Mexico. However, while living in Florida and traveling to a number of Caribbean islands, Cassandra fell in love with the vivid colors and primitive painting style which she then embraced as her own.
Photography is a newer, self-taught passion, which she credits the beautiful natural splendor of Cape Cod and the charm of Provincetown for inspiration, as well as the electric vibrancy of cityscapes as evident in her 'Times Square" series of color photographs. Her mother lives a good part of the year in North Truro, and Cassandra has been in love with Cape Cod from the time she was a small child. She adores Provincetown -- its people, artistry, history and architecture; and one of her favorite pastimes is roaming the streets and alleyways hour after hour to discover yet more of its magic.
Jacqueline Levinson was born in East Orange, New Jersey, on September 27, 1930, and graduated from Cooper Union in 1953 with a BA in art education, and Montclair State University with a MFA in theatre. She has had many careers: daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, educator, artist, set and lighting designer, and actor. Deeply involved in the arts and theatre her entire life, Jackie has acted in, directed, stage managed, produced, and designed sets for more than 75 plays for regional theatres in New Jersey, New York, Florida, and on Cape Cod. Currently she is writing a play and recently had a one-woman retrospective of her drawings at the Council on Aging gallery in Truro this past July, comprising 15 years worth of drawings. She has shown her renderings, models and layouts of her many theatre sets at various venues, most recently at the Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown two years ago.
Jackie has shown her portraits and figure studies at the Montclair (New Jersey) Museum, the Boca Raton Museum School in Florida, and at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. 'I have always loved a life in the arts," states the artist. 'The arts are a way of life for me. As I age, and my body begins to betray me, the youthful drive has become a more gentle journey that gets richer day by day." Jackie divides her time between summers in Truro, Cape Cod, and winters in Hillsboro Beach, Florida.
'…one of P-town's finest artists of the lens." --Bay Windows
RJKATZ has been a photographer for over 25 years. She started her career photographing images for an upstate New York newspaper, The Photo News. She took a hiatus from photography and had a successful career as a marketer. Currently, she is photographing the Outer Cape full-time. She has taken over 1,000 images of the scenic views and beauty of the area. Her collection, 'Provincetown Moments," captures the bays, beaches, dunes, wildlife, and other sites in the area. Her images bring a sense of peacefulness and tranquility to the viewer. Six large images from her 'Provincetown Moments" collection were exhibited in New York City throughout the month of September 2004.
RJKATZ's most recent work is a selection of black and white bodyscapes of the female form. In this work, selections of which will be on exhibit in the '4 Women 4 Muses" group show premiering at Little Gorgeous Things on Saturday, October 8, 2005, she radiantly captures the beauty of women's bodies. 'I consider the female form akin to the sensual geography of the Outer Cape," comments the artist. 'The curves and angles create a road map to places less traveled, but equally as beautiful."
RJKATZ's images are in many private collections throughout the U.S. She has exhibited throughout New York state, including Long Island, the Hudson Valley, the Catskills, and Manhattan. On the Cape she is represented at Little Gorgeous Things, where her one-woman show during Women's Week of 2004 garnered much press attention and was featured as a 'Best Bet" in the Cape Cod Times. Her award-winning image, 'Clothesline," is being used by the Provincetown Travel and Tourism Board to represent P'town globally. She has been featured in many Cape Cod publications including the Provincetown Pocketbook, Provincetown Arts, Provincetown Magazine, Provincetown Banner, the Cape Cod Times. Life in Provincetown, and Bay Windows. She has served on the Board of Directors of Professional Women Photographers, a non-profit organization based in New York City.
Artist Statement: 'In my 25 years as a photographer it still fascinates and intrigues me that one can capture a moment. For the past ten years, I have been dividing my time between the fast pace of New York City and the tranquility of Provincetown. I have turned my lens towards capturing the serenity and the whimsy of the Outer Cape. With the seemingly endless supply of natural and scenic views, Provincetown and the Outer Cape provide me a continuing source of inspiration to capture my feelings and emotions of peacefulness."
Andrea Rosenthal is an artist specializing in photography. She works in Boston and Truro on Cape Cod. Her work has appeared in the Duxbury Art Association's Winter Juried Show, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum's Members Juried Show, on the History Channel, and in a one-woman show in 2004 in the Little Gorgeous Things Garden Gallery entitled, 'The Blues in Black and White."
Andrea has studied at the Photography Atelier at Lesley University, Radcliffe Seminars, the New England School of Photography, Cape Cod Photo Workshops, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Project Inc. Her photography covers several subject areas, but the unifying element is that they are all related to a fortune cookie she once got that read, 'You find beauty in everyday things." Andrea works in both color and black-and-white.
Current projects include 'The Alien Project," 'Cape Abstracts," 'Rust and Reality," 'Images of China," and 'The Blues in Black and White." Regarding 'The Alien Project," which will debut at Little Gorgeous Things on Saturday, October 8, 2005 as part of the '4 Women 4 Muses" group exhibit, the artist states: 'The first image in ‘The Alien Project' came about when I realized that fluorescent tubes viewed end-on look like little aliens. And that the two little dots on the ends of kayaks look like eyes. Soon these images and other shots I had taken over time began to haunt me with their strangeness. My photography has really always involved seeing everyday things in new ways. The premise of this project is that it is about seeing the world as aliens might on a sightseeing trip to earth; but while they have heard of our sights, events, and cultural phenomena, they cannot perceive human beings other than as ‘things.' Although the images are based on photographs I took of objects in the real world, I built the finished images digitally. They are all giclees printed on archival paper."