Greater Light

Randall Stoltzfus : Greater Light
The Germantown Mennonite Museum of Art and Peace

October 9 — December 31, 2011
Artist’s reception Sunday, October 9


I am encouraged by this project and what it represents– a collaboration between contemporary art-making and Anabaptist history and practice as embodied by the congregation at Germantown. There is room for good work here.

The GMMAP website describes the project this way:

The Germantown Mennonite Museum of Art & Peace was established in 2011 as a project of Germantown Mennonite Church and seeks to promote visual creativity and ideas of peacemaking and social justice with a public program of changing exhibitions and projects that interact with the Church’s meeting space.  Dating back to 1683, Germantown Mennonite Church is the oldest Mennonite congregation in North America, and has consistently been at the forefront of the Anabaptist traditions of peacemaking and social justice.

If you are in the Philadelphia area before the end of this year, stop by and take a look. I’ve got two new paintings in this show along with a selection of other work- go and you will be among the first to see them. Hours and directions are on the GMMAP website. Send them an email at office@germantownmennonite.org to set up an appointment to see the work in this special context.

And– if you are another artist to whom this project might be of interest– the project is actively soliciting submissions.

Evergreene: The Artists and Their Art

I’ll have two paintings in this show this week in lovely Nolita, NYC. The opening reception for the show is Thursday evening, May 19th, 2011, from 6-10pm, and you are invited. The show is open for two additional days- Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21 from 10am-6pm. But that’s it! There are just three days to catch this renegade/pop-up event.

The two paintings I’ll have in the show are “Brim” and “Transfigured”.

Here’s where:

Evergreene: The Artists and Their Art
Old School
233 Mott Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012

So what’s this show about?

Evergreene is the name of a leading architectural arts studio here in Manhattan. Working there for several years after moving to New York taught me a few things graduate school simply could not. I quickly learned how to work collaboratively on huge paintings with a group of highly skilled artists from all over the world. I made many artist friends, and gained experience with a whole range of techniques. A highlight was working as a restoration technician on a several landmark murals, including the lobby ceiling of the Chrysler building. After spending many hours cleaning old varnish and dirt off these beautiful paintings, I realized that my artist education was coming full circle. By learning to work gently back through the layers obscuring an old mural, I had finally learned to paint backwards.

It’s going to be fun to share the walls of this exhibit with some wonderful artist peers and friends. I hope you will join us Thursday.

Sequence: an exhibit with Levent Tuncer at Blank Space

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I am happy to invite you to the art exhibit Sequence, at Blank Space Gallery on 25th Street in New York City. This exhibit will feature four of my paintings paired with the work of the talented Levent Tuncer . It has been fun to see the patterns in Mr. Tuncer’s and my own paintings interact in reproductions as this show has come together. There is a very real but not always obvious visual conversation happening. It’s about pattern and painting, certainly. But there is something more that is subtle and quiet, and not easily put into words. Stop by the opening on October 7th and tell us how you would say it.

Sequence
A Duo Exhibition: Levent Tuncer & Randall Stoltzfus
October 7 – November 5, 2010

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 7, 6-8pm

Blank Space
511 West 25th Street, Suite 204
New York, NY 10001
212.924.2025