Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Arts Commission of Greater Toledo Announces Christensen, Labuda & Masternak Exhibition


The Christensen, Labuda, Masternak Exhibition will be on display June 27 through August 12, 2011 in the Parkwood Gallery.  The public is invited to join us for a reception for the exhibition on Friday, July 8 from 6 to 8 pm.

This collection of artworks encourages the viewer to explore their understanding and relationship to space and moments through many different artistic mediums. One might observe details that may be deemed irrelevant, random or minor. To another it is measured very abstractly and spiritually. The work of all three artists deliver a sense of understanding of life and the depths of space through both living and non living objects. 

Artist Katie Christensen finds inspiration in literature and research, self reflection and silent meditative retreat, embedding her abstract monotypes with rich peacefulness.  Christensen explains “each moment has become precious, never the same as the one before or the next one to come. This awareness and the attention called to it have become significant to my work.” She has found an understanding of the devotion and discipline it takes to live a balanced life in our hectic world.

Mitch Labuda is a self-taught local artist practicing and creating work within the Toledo and surrounding areas.  Featured in the gallery are his photographs that show the Pictorialist period of Photography, as well as impressionist and abstract expressionist views. Labuda’s technique is to draw the viewer in while stimulating the senses of the viewer.

Nate Masternak’s mixed media paintings exemplify the belief that the norm of contemporary lifestyles is to “take a look at the big picture,” while making no attempt to decipher or respect some finer points.  A portion of Masternak’s artistic style is to portray energy through motion, thoughts, and light made through exploring concepts and subjects that are seldom thought of.  “It may be revealed to someone who has an acute or refined understanding on what comes from my work that I am a deep thinking person, who endeavors to illustrate feelings, communication, knowledge and thoughts.  I am somebody who grows from what is seen and experienced and who does not always limit possibilities by simply jumping swiftly to conclusions.”

The Parkwood Gallery is open Monday thru Friday 8:30 am – 4:30pm and is located at 1838 Parkwood Avenue, Suite 120 off of Monroe Street in Downtown Toledo.

The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo is the longest standing arts commission in the state of Ohio that develops and promotes the arts in the community, serving Northwest Ohio since 1959. 419-254-ARTS

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