Featuring artists: Carla Goldberg, Melanie Kozol, Francis Sills, Eve Stockton, and David Licata

Summer exhibition at Kenise Barnes Fine Art will open on Thursday evening July 10 with a public reception from 6:30 -8:00pm.

Carla Goldberg’s new series is titled "Sea Foam" and recalls the elusive foam that is flung upon the sand for a brief moment, disappearing seconds later. To create these sculptural drawings, the artist meticulously hand draws hundreds of thousands of dots in multi-layered lines of looping white ink on acrylic panels. The drawings are done on both sides of the acrylic panel, adding the feeling of physical depth to the artwork. The delicate, lacy sea foam drawings act as a synaptic matrix holding a dreamy childhood memory suspended in light and shadow.

Melanie Kozol is a Brooklyn-based painter. Her gestural, abstract landscapes are a celebration of color and light. She is a recipient of an NEA Visual Artist Fellowship in painting and a Skowhegan scholarship for drawing at the New York Studio School. Kozol’s paintings were featured in the movies Damsels in Distress and A Birders Guide to Everything, 2013. Her paintings are in numerous public and private collections such as the Pfizer Corporation, Deutsche Bank, Bellagio Hotel, and Triomphe at the Iroquois Hotel.

Francis Sills’ paintings are grounded in the perceptual-based, realist tradition. The artist works directly from observation in nature. His sustained experience and intense visual scrutiny results in paintings that are dense and subtle, revealing the specific nuances of color, light, and form. Sills’ most recent series of paintings and drawings depict the evolving landscape of his home in South Carolina.

Eve Stockton’s woodcut prints are inspired by close observation of nature and an eclectic interest in science. Her woodcuts depict nature at different scales, often simultaneously. Whether micro or macro in scope, nature’s energy is evoked by abstracted shapes and chromatic layering. The majority of her large woodcuts are printed from three-foot square woodblocks. Typically, one woodblock is carved for each color layer. Her work is featured prominently in the collection of NYU/Langone Medical Center, as well in the collections of Kaiser Permanente, Cornerstone Capitol, and Housatonic Museum of Art, to name a few.

Gallery II will feature a rotating selection of new paintings, drawings and photographs from our studio visits throughout the summer. New paintings and drawings arrive each week and images are posted to the website as work arrives.