20 North Gallery Opens “Divine Dimensions”
For Immediate Release
Exhibition of paintings and photomontage by Martha Gaustad and Michelle Arnold Paine
Toledo, OH—March 22, 2019. On Friday, April 12, 20 North Gallery will open “Divine Dimensions,” an exhibition of luminous oil paintings, photomontage and ink drawings by Toledo area artists Martha Gaustad and Michelle Arnold Paine. The exhibit will continue through June 29, 2019.
The “Divine Dimensions” exhibit features the deft and reflective artistic processes of two artists working in both traditional and digital media: Martha Gaustad’s figurative photomontage demonstrates a process of harmonizing painting, photography and drawing within a single work of art, which correlates to the work’s depiction of the complexity of each woman’s spirit within the structure that contains her. Gaustad’s finely detailed and classically inspired oil paintings of female models also proclaim the subjects’ psychological identity.
Likewise, Michelle Arnold Paine’s architectural paintings of remembered places recall her sojourn in Italy for three years; the buildings she depicts are not only representations of actual locales, but also subconsciously familiar evocations of imagined sacred spaces. Her figurative drawings similarly explore the dichotomy of identity—universal and unique, spiritual and physical—through deliberately intangible portrayals of named models.
20 North Gallery art director Condessa Croninger remarks, “‘Divine Dimensions’ allows us the opportunity to celebrate the female figure, her spirit and the space she inhabits, through the work of two rising area artists. Martha Gaustad and Michelle Arnold Paine have created a juxtaposition of the traditional and the contemporary in their portrayals of the female figure and architectural forms, to explore the intriguing concept that the images they depict—like the women they reveal—are larger than the ‘vessels’ that contain them.”
Martha Gonter Gaustad received a B.S. in Education and English from D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York in 1969, followed by a M.S. in Special Education at Canisius College (Buffalo, New York) in 1970. She received a Ph.D in Educational Psychology and Measurements from the University of Nebraska (Lincoln, Nebraska) in 1976 and in 2011 continued her studies taking art courses at Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, Ohio). In 2013, Gaustad studied art conservation and painting techniques at Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. A native of Buffalo, New York, Martha “Marti” Gaustad has maintained a studio since 2016 in downtown Toledo, Ohio. Drawing influence and inspiration from painting masters and classical music and writing, Gaustad has an affinity for figurative and narrative work and for content that spans multiple mediums. Gaustad has exhibited in numerous regional, national, and international juried gallery and museum shows, including shows at Manifest Gallery (Cincinnati, Ohio), the University of North Carolina Asheville (Asheville, North Carolina) and at the National Midyear Exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, Ohio). Last fall, she enjoyed her first solo exhibition at the Marathon Center’s Fischer/Wall Gallery in Findlay, Ohio.
Michelle Arnold Paine received her B.A. from Gordon College (Wenham, Massachusetts) in 1999 majoring in English and Art History, with a Minor in Foreign Language. She received a M.F.A. in Painting in 2007 from the University of New Hampshire (Durham, New Hampshire). Paine’s artistic experience has been broadened by study in both Orvieto and at the Istituto Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy. For seven years, Paine taught drawing, painting, and design courses at numerous colleges in the New England region. She continues to share her passion for art education by offering group lectures on art topics, as well as tours to discuss Christian artworks within public collections. Michelle Arnold Paine has exhibited her architectural, figurative and landscape paintings extensively across New England within commercial, community, non-profit and university spaces. Recently, Paine’s work has been shown at the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio, Gordon College, Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, Indiana), the University of New Hampshire and at Sloane Merrill Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2018, Michelle Arnold Paine was awarded an Accelerator Grant from the Arts Commission of Toledo, Ohio, which is partially funding her figure series project.
In addition to the “Divine Dimensions” exhibit, 20 North Gallery displays through stable representation glass, paintings, jewelry and artists’ cards by noted artists of the region.
Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon to 4p.m. 20 North Gallery will also be open for the downtown 3rd Thursday Art Loops, featuring “Divine Dimensions,” on April 18, May 16 & June 20, from 5:30 – 9 p.m.
20 North Gallery and the exhibiting artists will be welcoming friends and collectors at the free Public Reception for “Divine Dimensions” on Friday, April 12, from 6 - 9p.m. The reception features a free appetizer buffet and cash bar.
The online exhibition catalogue for “Divine Dimensions”, containing art images of the full exhibit and artist information, will be posted in early April, on the 20 North Gallery website at: https://20northgallery.com/divine-dimensions/
What: “Divine Dimensions” art exhibit
Where: 20 North Gallery, 18 N. St. Clair Street, (Downtown) Toledo, Ohio 43604
When: April 12 – June 29, 2019
Wednesday – Saturday:
Noon – 4 p.m.
and By Appointment
Free Public Reception — Friday, April 12, 2018, 6 – 9 p.m.
Free 3rd Thursday Art Loop open house — April 18, May 16 & June 20, 5:30 – 9 p.m.
For More Information Contact: Condessa Croninger (Art Director) or visit 20northgallery.com
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