The new exhibit at Quarry Cove Art Gallery is called "No One Else Is Doing This Work," and as soon as you step in, you will know why. Both artists have a unique vision not seen anywhere else.
Inside the glass case you encounter as you walk in is the imaginative jewelry of Ann Marie Hodrick. She has taken her training and become inspired to pursue her own path. Her pieces explore her creative ability to bring together shapes, sizes, and textures. Her art is constantly evolving, and as we enjoy this presentation, we also look forward to all of her future endeavors.
Most likely, the first thing you notice about Karen Rosenstein's work is her extraordinary sense of color and shape. And they are not arbitrary; each piece has its own story and intent. Karen's special sense of color, shape, and texture is at its most apparent in her piece "25," an arrangement of 25 tiles. While the work was designed to be sold as one large wall-filling object, she has kindly presented it in such a way that each individual square can be sold separately. Have fun choosing your own!
Sometimes the best art is the culmination of a mishap. In "Breaking Free," these pieces of glass were once one large piece, but they broke. Karen used this accident to create a meaningful presentation of broken pieces held together by chains. It is striking, and all the more so because of its derivation.
One of the surprises is a piece that looks like a woven textile, perhaps wool, called "Buttoned Up Heart." But prepare to be amazed: It is composed of plastic bags that Karen has crocheted! Even knowing that, you have to get right on top of the work to see that it is indeed plastic and not fabric. Remarkable.
What a kick! Talk about inspired recycling. Karen has taken green plastic bags that newspapers come in, and created "Lawn Fantasy." The texture and color are truly striking. Perhaps in these days of drought, this is the way to have the perfect lawn.
In "American Pride," Karen combines all of the above. She has "floating" glass objects held together by crocheted plastic. It represents the diversity of community held together by a common thread. As always, very striking, and all the more so given its earnest interpretation.
The exhibit is up now, and runs to August 18. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed Sunday. Quarry Cove Art Gallery is at 225 Rockaway Beach Avenue, between the Chamber of Commerce and Avani Salon. Always free, always innovative.