Forever YOUNG

Opening Thursday, April 9th 5:30 (till 8:30 p.m.)

Runs through May 14, 2015

 

by Maralyn Adlin

by Maralyn Adlin

The exhibit features artwork by Pam Blasko, Jim Chillington, Ann Hodgson Cyr, Allan Dudek, Tracey Dinkin, Steve Gerber, Mark Hannon, John Favret, Karen Kalkstein, Michale Kozlowski, John Lawson, Beth Lazar, Karen Loprete, Allison Margo, Janice Mauro, Amy Oestreicher, Hilary Opperman, Lori Petcher, Michael Quirk, Colleen Reilly-Rees, Ann C. Rosebrooks, David Rosenberg, Marianne Schmidt, Ellen Siegel, Jodi Strmiska, Charlie Walsh, Al Coyote Weiner.

by Karen Kalkstein

by Karen Kalkstein

This exhibit celebrates artists of all ages who have reinvented themselves and transformed their opinions, lifestyle, purpose and art due to changes in work situation, the economy and any developments or realizations that have occurred during the course of their lifetime.

by Ann Rosebrook

“Neverland” by Ann Rosebrook

Forever Young addresses the aging process, nostalgia for youth and artists’ individual interpretation of the theme inspired by the Bob Dylan song by the same name.
Large paper lithographs by Karen Kalkstein of Stamford depict the effects of time and gravity upon the body. The monumental scale of the pieces in contrast with the ethereal quality of the sheer paper reflects the fleeting nature of youth and the reality of the aging process of the body.

Portrait Studies by Karen Kalkstein

Portrait Studies by Karen Kalkstein

Portrait Studies by Karen Kalksteing

Portrait Studies by Karen Kalksteing

Other prints by Karen Kalkstein and Ann Hodgson Cyr celebrate the optimism and playfulness of youth, on contrast. Also on view are portrait studies on canvas by Ellen Siegel. Ellen’s vibrant color and brushstrokes illustrate an artist’s ability to be “young at heart” no matter his or her age.  One important aspect of the exhibit is the idea of reinvention of self or the repurposing of objects. Artist Dave Rosenberg uses recycled, vintage objects such as hubcaps, push-mower blades and test tubes to playfully construct whimsical sculptures that double as fully functional Steampunk lamps.

Steampunk Lamp by Dave Rosenberg

Steampunk Lamp by Dave Rosenberg

Whimsy also describes the fabric art of Karen Loprete who mixes patterns and textures to create art quilt works like, “Feeling Groovy.” The imagery is reminiscent of the psychedelic mushroom-like images of the 60’s and 70’s.

"Feelin' Groovy" by Karen Loprete

“Feeling Groovy” by Karen Loprete

The title of the exhibit was inspired by the song by Bob Dylan. Visitors who attend the opening reception will enjoy the music of blues pianist Mark Naftalin, recent Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer, who will include a musical medley of Dylan tunes.

Curator ad executive director Suzanne Kachmar hopes that viewers will visit the gallery with an intention of slowing down, tuning out and consider a temporary alternative to fast pace, high expectation lifestyle that obliges us to cling to youth and perfection at the cost of healthy minds, bodies, souls and relationships. The intention is that the viewer will see beauty, truth and comfort in an aging body, youthful optimism and playfulness at any age.

Faith Baum and Lori Petcher

“Old Bag” by Faith Baum and Lori Petcher

More about the exhibit here:

http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Forever-Young-celebrates-aging-at-City-Lights-6171533.php

and here:

http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/listen/96339

 
 

City Lights is a nonprofit, community based art organization located in downtown Bridgeport CT., easily accessible by Metro-North, Port Jeff Ferry, I-95 and the Merrit Parkway via the Route 25 Connector. For more information visit our website at www.citylightsgallery.org or email us at clgallerybpt@gmail.com .

 

On Friday, May 8, the talented visual artist, poet and performance artist Iyaba Ibo Mandingo will present his poetry and a slideshow of his recent artist residency in South Africa that he calls Mayibuye which in Zulu means “bringing back what was lost”. Doors will open at 6:30. Join us as we celebrate his continuing success and artistic growth.

 

“Forever Young”

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young

May you stay forever young.

Bob Dylan