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Centennial Art Center’s summer gallery show highlights three prominent local women artists. Exhibit will include abstract paintings, multimedia work and paper sculpture installation.

6/7/2013

Nashville, TN --- Metro Parks’ Centennial Art Center Gallery announces a three-woman show for its summer gallery exhibit. The new collection will feature abstract paintings by Eva Sochorova, multimedia works by Sydney Reichman and an installation of paper sculptures by Kaaren Hirschowitz Engel. This colorful exhibit will open with an evening reception Friday, June 7 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. The exhibit will continue through July 24, 2013.

Sag Harbor, acrylic on canvas, Eva SochorovaHaving her work described by New York’s Gallery and Studio Magazine as "beautifully melded colors and geometric forms in the manner of the Russian Constructivists…," Eva Sochorova’s paintings boast of uninhibited expression. Born in Prague and raised in East Germany, Eva received her art degree from Central Washington State University. After graduating from college, she relocated to Nashville, Tennessee. Since then she has studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and at the Art Students’ League in New York. She has taught art classes both at Watkins College of Art and in Metro Nashville Public Schools. Being abstract and highly objective, her work empowers the viewer with the freedom of interpretation, and freedom is a personal theme for Eva. While asked about her style of painting, Eva reflects, "Coming from the darkness of my East German childhood, I have always craved color. I paint to give color all the freedom it needs." Her works have been shown in New York City at the West Side Arts Coalition (WSAC) and locally at Bennett Gallery.

Another artist giving freedom to color is Sydney Reichman. Storm in the Wild Persimmons, copper & pigment, Sydney ReichmanPainting on a "canvas" of copper, Reichman’s new series creates what colleague Kaaren Hirschowitz Engel describes as "color that literally jumps out at you." Paintings on copper may have been common to the Dutch and Flemish masters in the 1500-1700s, but Reichman reinvents a centuries-old technique with a sensibility not explored by her predecessors. Her multimedia works have been an evolving process for over four decades. After years working as a sculptor with various materials such as clay, pigment, metal and wood, her learned techniques created the foundation of experience upon which this new series was created—a series that offers a distinctly unique dialogue with the viewer. Currently drawing on the energetic power of hammer and hand, welder’s torch and vibrant color, she vigorously pushes the boundaries of an artist’s traditional raw materials. "If madness and magic can create art, I have been given an honorable dose," Reichman says. Viewing her lifelong experiences with nature as a valuable education, she seeks to merge the art world and the natural world into every piece. Artwork by Sydney Reichman can be found on display throughout the country, and she has also been featured in Nashville Arts and Nashville Lifestyles magazines and has been featured on HGTV and WNPT. Sydney lives with her dog Chi Willy in the woods of Williamson County, Tennessee.

Woven paper sculpture, acrylic on paper, Kaaren Hirschowitz EngelRounding out this dynamic show is Kaaren Hirschowitz Engel’s collection of colorful paper sculptures entitled Transforestation Revisited. This series further explores Engel’s first public art installation Transforestation that was shown in the Nashville International Airport in 2005. Consisting of large tubular paper sculptures which resemble a magical forest filled with multi-colored trees, viewers will be encouraged to touch and navigate through the "forest." Having collected cut and fallen branches, intentionally selecting those with an innate sculptural and textural quality, she incorporates her woven paper sculptures into the branches and positions these amongst the larger sculptural trees seamlessly integrating the forest into her art. This thoughtful juxtaposition creates a marriage of her art with the very "art" of nature. Engle says, "Much of my inspiration is drawn from the magic and mystery of nature." Staying consistent with her inspiration, Engel’s installation resembles a magical forest--luminous and enchanted. As a former corporate attorney, Engel worked to find creative solutions for her clients. In 1999 she left the practice of law and translated her creative energies toward emulating nature with paint and paper. Engel says, "It is my intention to pay homage to the beauty, diversity and sheer marvel that is nature. It is my hope to inspire viewers to gaze not only upward, but inward, and to experience the pure joy and wonder of creation." Her work has been shown internationally and she has completed more than a dozen public installations since 2005.

The Centennial Art Center Gallery is free and open to the public. The exhibit is open June 7-July24, 2013.

Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm.

For more information, call the Centennial Art Center at (615) 862-8442 or visit online: http://www.nashville.gov/cac