Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Torpedo Factory Artist of the Year opens July 8

Marsha Staiger and Alison Sigethy share the title of
2010 Torpedo Factory Artist of the Year

Art in Balance: Rhythm and Repetition

Exhibition Dates: July 8 - August 15
Reception: July 8, 6-8pm; Awards Ceremony at 7pm
Special dance and kayak performance: July 29, 6pm
Karen Reedy Dance and Alison Sigethy

Description: The Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center's "Artist of the Year" is a juried competition recognizing a Torpedo Factory artist for outstanding achievement in art, and awarding the winner a cash prize of $1000 and a month long exhibit in the Torpedo Factory Art Center's Target Gallery.

Marsha Staiger, abstract painter and Alison Sigethy, glass sculptor
These two artists present Art in Balance: Rhythm and Repetition, an exhibit that investigates the paradox of balance, the nature of rhythm, and the beauty and order created by repetition. Staiger's and Sigethy's works are very different but have in common a clean, contemporary aesthetic. The works play well off each other and reveal a fresh aspect of each artist's work that would be missed without the counterpoint provided by the other. Staiger's vibrant color palette is calmed and soothed by Sigethy's soft monochrome tones. Sigethy's tranquil round forms are energized by Staiger's horizontal bands that pulse and vibrate with energy. The result is a dynamic interplay that sings in perfect harmony.

Reception: Meet the artists, July 8th 6-8pm; awards ceremony at 7pm

Special Performance: On July 29th a special performance by modern dance group, Karen Reedy Dance, and artist, Alison Sigethy will begin at 6pm at the Torpedo Factory. Alison Sigethy, sculptor and professional kayaker, will kick off the performance with a solo kayak performance on the Potomac River right outside of the Torpedo Factory and then visitors will be led inside the art center to the gallery for a dance performance inspired by Staiger's paintings and Sigethy's sculptures.