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'Color Theories' runs through April 22

Published: February 26, 2017 12:00 AM

The new exhibition, "Color Theories," which opened Feb. 24 at Nine Muses Art Gallery, presents a rich contrast of color and texture between the works of two regional artists.

Priscilla Roggenkamp and Michael Greenwald were at the gallery for the opening reception,Feb. 24. The acoustic band, "Rock Salt and Nails," will perform during the evening, which is Barberton 4th Friday. The event is open to the public.

The pieces explore how the two artists engage color and strive to seek a perfection that leads them to create bold or nuanced works. The exhibition runs until April 22.

"Color has always played a significant role in my paintings, whether landscapes or abstract. I love color and the effect of juxtaposing one shade with another, having a color fade from bright to subtle and light to dark," Greenwald shared when asked about his approach to using color.

Born in Oxford, England, he grew up in Cleveland where he now has a studio in downtown Cleveland and runs a small art gallery on the west side in the 78th Street Studios Building near Gordon Square.

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"My landscape paintings focus on the earth, the environment and the natural world with color being a tool or an element of the work. In my abstract works I can say that color is the primary subject," Greenwald explained.

After traveling and living abroad, he returned to Cleveland and attended the Cleveland Institute of Art, primarily studying glass. He received his undergraduate degree from Skidmore College. He was awarded the Portfolio Scholarship Award for 1996 and 1997. Greenwald has paintings in collections across the country and his work is shown throughout northeast Ohio and in galleries in New York and California. His website is greenwaldstudio.com.

Roggenkamp who lives in Alliance, took first place in the 2017 FRESH 13th Juried Art Exhibition at Summit Artspace which just recently ended. Her piece, "Refugee," is a piercing interpretation of war and displacement, fabricated of cotton, rafts, keys, tote bags and rope.

She studied art at Kent State University (M.F.A.), University of Arkansas (M.Ed.) and Heidelberg College (B.A.). Working primarily in drawing and painting, she began creating three-dimensional work in the mid 1990s. Roggenkamp is currently teaching at Ashland University.

"Rock Salt and Nails" has captivated fans everywhere they've played with their rich acoustic sound. The multi-talented Roggenkamp is the band's bass player, sings and also writes some of their play list. The band includes vocalist Keith McMahon on lead guitar and mandolin and string player and songwriter Jim Dutter. Their catalog ranges from bluegrass instrumentals, to meaningful ballads and original tracks.

Nine Muses is operated by Summit Artspace. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Mondays, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 7 a.m. to8 p.m.; Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Sundays. Nine Muses is located at 584 W. Tuscarawas Ave., Barberton.

For information go to summitartspace.org or call 330-376-8480.

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