‘A Time and A Place’ for Greenbergs

Oct 05, 2016
Photo by: Elizabeth Greenberg An untitled Ka’ao image by Elizabeth Greenberg is part of the autumn show she shares with her husband and fellow artist at Portland’s PhoPa Gallery.

Portland — PhoPa Gallery, 132 Washington Ave., will open “A Time and A Place” featuring new work by Elizabeth Greenberg and Howard Greenberg of Thomaston Wednesday, Oct. 12. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m.; and an artists talk on Thursday Nov. 10, at 5:30 p.m.

“A Time and A Place” features photographs by Elizabeth Greenberg and mixed media work by Howard Greenberg. In her ethereal black and white photographs, Elizabeth uses landscape imagery including open spaces, fleeting, tranquil moments and broken rays of light, as not a documentation of place but rather a vehicle to transport the viewer and induce particular states of mind.

Howard will exhibit a new body of work that replicates elements of paintings by Kazimir Malevich, a Russian artist known for founding the Suprematist movement 100 years ago. As with Malevich’s work, the pieces are primarily black and white geometric abstractions. In reinterpreting these pieces Howard incorporates found material including records, record covers, speaker grill cloth and carpet padding.

Though working in different media and employing diverse visual language, Elizabeth and Howard both seek to address themes of physical versus perceived reality through these bodies of work. This will be the first time the couple, both Midcoast artists and educators, have exhibited their work together.

Elizabeth Greenberg received her BFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Vermont College. Following undergraduate school, Elizabeth spent a summer at Maine Photographic Workshops (now Maine Media Workshops) in Rockport, a place she still calls home and where she serves as the Vice President of Academic Affairs, as well as a member of the faculty.

Elizabeth has taught at several other educational institutions and has exhibited her art nationally. For many years, she worked as assistant and studio manager for renowned photographer Arnold Newman. She now works with the Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation to promote the Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture.

Howard Greenberg received his MFA from Vermont College. He has taught painting, drawing, printmaking and two-dimensional design at Rockport College (now Maine Media College); Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.; University of Maine, Augusta; and the Baum School of Art in Allentown, Pa. Howard has been represented by Schmidt/Dean Gallery in Philadelphia since 1990. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows since 1987 at such venues as the Portland Museum of Art; UMA; the North American Cultural Center in San Pedro, Costa Rica; and numerous other galleries. Howard is chairman of the MFA program at Maine Media College.

The exhibition will run through Nov. 12. PhoPa Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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