"Out of Darkness"

Mar 4 2018 - 12:00pm to Mar 31 2018 - 5:00pm

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About this event
PRESS RELEASE March 4-March 31, Jewish Community Center Art Gallery Opening Reception and Artist Interactions: Sunday, March 11, 1-5 pm “Behind the Frame” with the Lighting and Framing Engineer: Tuesday, March 13, 7-9 pm 21st Century technology changes an ordinary picture into a dynamic mystery For more information contact Juli-Ann Gasper, 402-290-5499; jgasper2@cox.net Images and videos can be arranged FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 8, 2018 “Out of Darkness”, a unique exhibit, opens March 4 at the Jewish Community Center Art Gallery on South 132nd Street in Omaha. The show features the work of fabric artists Juli-Ann Gasper and Jeanie Holt, photographer Mike Beck, and painter Dana Newman. Lighting and framing engineer, Dennis Holt, invented frames for pieces that have LED lights and tiny computers embedded in the wood. The computers govern the LEDs with color, brightness, saturation, and duration parameters to illuminate the art pieces with ever-changing patterns of color and brightness, modifying the perception and mood of the art. “When my wife, Jeanie, suggested this idea,” says Holt, “I wasn’t sure lights would make that much difference. But seeing the impact on a picture really hooked me.” Holt cites in particular the painting of a macaw by Dana Newman. “Its feathers change from red to green to bright blue,” Holt said. Juli-Ann Gasper observed that “even the mood of the bird changes from friendly to menacing and back to friendly, depending on the colors of the lights!” Flashes of light create the impression of lightning inside the storm cloud in one of Mike Beck’s photos. By programming random sequences of white light, Holt creates rippling water on a fish in Jeanie Holt’s piece, Ripple. And changing tones and brightness of greens and yellows draw the viewer into the magical dappling of the rainforest canopy in a richly dimensional piece by Juli-Ann Gasper. The title of the show comes from a poem by Gasper. This poem and the lighted art that accompany it form the centerpiece of the show. In addition to the lighted art, the show also features rust-dyed muslin compositions by Jeanie Holt, soft and hard (fabric and rock) art by Gasper, other acrylics and oils by Newman, and a selection of new photos by Beck. An artists’ reception on March 11 from 1 to 5 p.m. will give the public a chance to chat with the artists. And a “Behind the Frame” session with lighting and framing engineer Dennis Holt on March 13 at 7 p.m. will provide time for interested folks to explore the technology and programming behind the show, as well as how to build a frame with a miniature computer embedded in it. Regular gallery hours: Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm; Monday-Thursday: 8 am - 9 pm, and Friday, 8 am - 5 pm. The Jewish Community Center Art Gallery is open to the public. Admission is free. # # #
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Jewish Community Center
333 S 132nd Street
Omaha, NE 68154
United States