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“LIGHT water + stone” Exhibit

April 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This year promises to be an exciting year for Carla Massoni, the owner and curator of Massoniart gallery. The opening exhibition, “LIGHT / water + stone,” features two internationally acclaimed artists who have been represented by Massoniart for over 25 years.

Last year, painter Greg Mort and sculptor Shelley Robzen embarked on a journey to explore the idea of “light “as it is conveyed in their two mediums. Greg will be working exclusively in watercolor and Shelley in white Carrara marble. His medium could fit in a thimble while hers shares the weight of the mountains from which it is mined. Their mutual challenge is to capture the invisible element of light.
Greg Mort is well known for his thought-provoking work that graces museums and important collections worldwide. His commitment as an artist and astronomer has succeeded in broadening horizons as one contemplates our place in the universe. He has created an extraordinary body of work throughout his career. His new series of 12 “white on white” watercolor paintings explores the infinite tones and nearly imperceptible colors in what is often described as a colorless pigment.

Shelley Robzen’s career as an artist has been dedicated to exploring the secrets marble offers as a medium. Her studio is in Pietrasanta, Italy, not far from the famous quarries in Carrara. “It takes rock hard determination to find one’s way as a woman in the male dominated world of sculpture,” Carla shared. “It is as a carver of stone that she has found her voice. Her reverence for the simplicity line she so resolutely seeks to reveal with hammer, chisel and rasp is inspiring.”

Working exclusively in the purest white Carrara marble, Shelley is introducing a new series – “Essence of Light” – and expanding two additional series, “Torso” and “Dancing in the Clouds” for a total of nine sculptures.

Throughout their careers, Shelley and Greg have received many accolades for their work. Last year was especially noteworthy for both.

Greg and his “Art of Stewardship Project,” a nonprofit foundation, were honored with the 2018 Maryland Champion Award. Greg was the first “artist” to be recognized as this award is usually reserved for a civic or political personality. The Art of Stewardship encourages artists to use their talents to collaborate and support environmental concerns. His life-long interest in science and astronomy is frequently reflected in his artwork. Since 1983, he has been a commissioned NASA artist and his painting “ZERO-G Apples” was one of six paintings juried into “The First Art Show in Space” aboard the International Space Station in 2008. For many years, the United States Department of State’s Art in Embassies program has selected his work for their cultural diplomacy efforts. Greg’s work continues to be collected by museums throughout the world, including the Academy Art Museum’s extensive collection donated by David Hickman.

Last year Shelley’s work was selected as part of the installation of a new major sculpture museum, the Dingli Art Museum in China. In 2017, she was invited to participate in the exhibition “From Carrara To Hulan – Contemporary International Stone Carving Art Invitation Exhibition” in Fujian, China the same year she was afforded a one-person show of her sculpture at the Academy Art Museum in Easton. In 2004, Shelley was invited to become a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors when the Society amended their constitution allowing prominent international sculptors full membership. Her work is also represented in the Museo dei Bozzetti, in Pietrasanta, Italy, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Academy Art Museum.

There will be numerous opportunities to meet with the artists, including the Opening Reception on Saturday, March 30, from noon to 3 p.m. Chestertown’s April First Friday reception is Friday, April 5 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. And there will be an Artist Talk on Saturday, April 6 at noon. The closing reception will be on May First Friday, May 3, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Also featured in the gallery will be artist Jon Mort’s “Hold These Truths” on April 5 through May 5.

Private appointments may be scheduled, and groups are welcome, by contacting Carla Massoni at 410-778-7330 or info@massoniart.com. For additional information, visit www.massoniart.com.


April 5, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Carla Massoni Gallery
203 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
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