Gallery to host spring show opening

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MANCHESTER — On March 31 from 4 to 7 p.m., Start Space opens its Spring Show with thirteen artists. The event will include an art performance called RiteMinded, by Eva Schmidt, which explores ritual and celebrates the arrival of spring and live Jazz performed by BBA senior Matthew Madiera who will be playing a mix of jazz with hip -op melodies.

Start Space, focusing on nonrepresentational and abstract art, is curated by gallery owners Michael and Carolina Ellenbogen.

"For an artist to be considered for an exhibition at Start Space," say the Ellenbogens, "the combination of the idea, the execution and the artist need to offer something different and new to think about."

Harry Tabak and Rodrigo Nava are exhibiting sculptors. Tabak has participated in three residency programs at MassMoCA and has artworks in the Brooklyn Museum, Wichita Art Museum, Weatherspoon Art Museum and numerous private and corporate collections.

His show reflects a strong bond with nature and an obsession with the lyrical forms and movement of grapevines.

Harry Rich, Dan Mosheim Dona Mara, Elizabeth Nagle, Carolina Ellenbogen and Michael Williams are painters in the spring show.

Rich's paintings build on the explosive heritage of The New York School while remaining within the borders of Modernism. Mosheim, inspired by the work of abstract expressionists, applies color and paint in his bold, direct artworks.

Mara's mixed-media paintings are planes of space, light, color, texture and form that suggest places of beauty and often start with a view to nature through a screened, frosted or rainy window.

Nagle's show titled "Go Play Outside" is a narrative written in a language made up of color, gesture, marks, drips, collage, printmaking and drawing and relates to the muffled, less bold moments, of Spring's arrival. And Carolina Ellenbogen's two series of minimalist artworks, "When the Light Folds" and "When the Light Breaks into Pieces," focus on projected light and use a combination of glazing, scumbling and washings of oils to depict transparency.

After 10 years of study ending at St. Martin's School of Fine Art in London, painting through the 70s while working alongside the Colorfield painters, Williams transitioned to computer-generated art in the 1990s. He says the medium "allows me to experiment, edit freely in ways never before possible, and watch a work through its evolution."

Two collage artists, Deirdre Day and Erika Lawlor Schmidt, will offer vastly different views. Day, a copywriter, academic and writer obsessed with the archaeology of dead knowledge, gathered encyclopedia and old magazines, splicing them into collage representations of a past that shapes the present, bridges disparity and creates narratives. Lawlor Schmidt uses collage as a way to bring physical fragments of the past into the present and from the present into the future.

Two photographers, Barrack Evans and Michael D. Ellenbogen, bring abstract photography to the show. Evans' "Ice Diamonds" takes aim at the remains of calved-off icebergs from Iceland's Vatnaj kull Glacier, while Ellenbogen, using the camera more like a paintbrush than a mirror to compose images and apply color, shows a series of six images that present one of the primary or secondary colors in "Primary-Secondary".

Exhibitions at Start Space are supported by patrons including Crosspoint Associates, Village Picture Shows, VTEL and Sherwin Williams.

Start Space is located at 263 Depot St., in the Manchester Shopping Center, next to Price Chopper. For more information visit www.startspace.art or www.Facebook.com/startspaces. You can also contact the gallery by email at gallery@startspace.art or call 802-768-8498.

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