Artists to Show Their Guilt in New Exhibit
WHAT: GUILTY! an exhibition (2years in the making) of new work by Patricia Izzo & Martine MacDonald
WHEN: November 11th - January 23rd: opening reception November 11th 6:30PM - 9:30PM
WHERE: River's Edge Gallery, 3024 Biddle Ave, Historical Downtown Wyandotte Michigan
A show 2 years in the making by well-known Greater Detroit artists Patricia Izzo and Martine MacDonald will open on November 11th at 7 pm at River’s Edge Gallery in downtown Wyandotte. “These are ‘mature’ artists, having nothing to do with age. These are artists who have such a command over their medium that they can create without thought, from the soul. Add that to the fact that they have been working consistently on creating a new body of work for over 2 years and you are privileged to witness their souls bared on the gallery walls.” stated Patt Slack, co-owner of the gallery.
She added, “Typically an artist is very protective of their images they have created for a show and even I have not seen all the work. From what I have seen it seems as though Izzo is dealing with our own human nature at its most magical, most beautiful and sometimes its darkest level but always believing in the goodness of us. MacDonald uses nature and natural symbols to explain the many aspects of humanity, again showing victory for the undying spirit.” Izzo’s medium is film photographer and multi media. Martine MacDonald’s is painting.
Martine MacDonald is an award winning visual artist producing works in a variety of media. Martine has considerable experience as a teacher, lecturer, and curator. Her current work uses reoccurring images of skies, clouds and birds and repeated motifs of nest, saints and significant women from history and literature to depict both the natural and spiritual world. She is also a graduate of Wayne State University. Martine’s artwork can be found in local galleries, exhibitions, and in private and corporate collections. She currently serves as adjunct faculty in arts and humanities for Wayne County Community College District. She maintains an active studio practice located at the James Desana Cultural Arts center in downtown Wyandotte.
Patricia Izzo received her BS in Art Education from Northern Michigan University with an honorary assistantship in a Masters of Arts Program. She has received numerous awards regionally and nationally, twice awarded the prestigious Gold Medal in the annual State of Michigan Photographic Competition. Patricia's fine art photography has been featured in publications such as American Photo, Black and White Magazine and The Florida and Southern Review. Patricia’s images are shown both nationally and international Izzo's work is included in the permanent collections of The Detroit Institute of Art, University of Michigan Museum, Mira Goddard Center Toronto Canada , Kresge Museum Michigan State University, and the Bibliothèque Muséum of Paris France. Her work has been exhibited at Sotheby's Chicago, Kinsey Institute Indiana, National Steinbeck Center California, Chelsea SoHo Gallery NY NY and the Detroit Focus Portfolio. She has exhibited widely in the Detroit Metro Art as well. Patricia is a member National Woman's Caucus for the Arts. She is the artist in residence at Rivers Edge Gallery in Wyandotte, Michigan. She explains her work with a quote by Minor White, "Spirit Always Stands Still Enough For The Photographer It has Chosen."
“We represent many of the very best artists in the Greater Detroit area. Although regionally based they have national and international reputations. Although some artists began their careers at River’s Edge, which has been in existence for almost 40 years, some like these two have many previous accomplishments. It is very special for us when well respected artists choose us to represent them. That is one of many reasons we are very proud of this show. These artists have followings and we expect a big crowd.” Stated Jeremy Hansen the other half of River’s Edge Gallery.
The show is titled “GUILTY!” by the artists. Izzo explains the title by saying “We are all guilty of something.”