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Re: [BKARTS] JOHANNE RENBECK EXH OPENS AT BRIGHT HILL LITERARY CENTER TREADWELL NY



Dear Book Artists,
    Don't forget - this Sunday, May 4, from 3-5 p.m., Bright Hill Literary 
Center (in Treadwell, NY, in the Catskills), opens Staatsburg, NY artist 
Johanne Renbeck's "Portolani: Maps of a Journey," an installation with 
poetry. At 4 p.m. Ms. Renbeck will give an artist's talk and discussion. The 
exhibit will remain open through May 23. Gallery hours are Monday & Tuesay, 
10 am - 4 pm, Wednesday, 9 am -  noon, and by appointment. Bright Hill is 
located at 94 Church Street, Treadwell, one block north of Barlow's General 
Store. The reception is free and open to the public. 
            "Portolani" is a suspended array of 15 maps made in the manner 
of portolani, old maps of exploration that include text and illustration, 
and feature first-hand knowledge of new lands as well as sometimes fanciful 
speculation about uncharted territory. Each page of the array is a map 
painted on drafting film 24" wide by 19" high. The land mass of each map is 
a woman's torso. A poem is written in the ocean areas of each map. Seen 
whole, the installation winds a serpentine path through the gallery, 
suggestive of currents and waves. The motion and the play of light are 
important elements in this account of journey. The poems of journey were 
written over ten months near the artist's home, in Duchess County. 
Directly behind each map hangs a sheet of unpainting drafting film with 
ovate leaf shapes cut into it. Viewers map step into the spaces between the 
maps. Also shown in the exhibit are artist's books relating to the show. 
            After earning her BA from the University of Rochester, Johanne 
Renbeck studied painting and drawing at RIT, at Bard College, and at the 
Santa Fe Art Institute. She has devoted independent study to the arts and 
mythology of northern Europe and Egypt and has taken courses in Egyptian 
hieroglyphics, and has studied book arts at Women's Studio Workshop in 
Rosendale. Her monoprint collages were published in Cait Johnson's "Cooking 
Like a Goddess." Renbeck has received grants form the Dutchess County Art 
Association for community and arts-in-education projects. Recent exhibits in 
the Hudson Valley include solo shows of artist's books and related 
installations at St. Thomas Aquinas College and at Greene County Council on 
the ARts. Her book "Rearranging" was juried into the Bright Hill North 
American Book Arts Exhibit in 2006. In 2007 she created and performed "Bears 
and Dreams," a performance and installation piece based on poetry she wrote 
in response to 21 consecutive nights of powerful dreams. 
            Bright Hill Center's 2008 programs are made possible, in part, 
by the York State Council on 
the Arts, the A. Lindsay and Olive B.O'Connor Foundation, the Otis A. 
Thompson Foundation, the Dewar Foundation, the A. C. Molinari Foundation, 
the Delaware National Bank of Delhi, Stewart's Shops, area businesses, and 
its members and friends. Bright Hill's Community Library & Internet Wing, 
which features a large collection of art and art-related volumes, is free 
and open to the public, is open Monday- Tuesday, 10 am - 4 pm Wednesday, 9 
am - noon, and by appointment. For further information and for information 
about Bright Hill Pressand its programs, contact Bright Hill Center at 607-
829-5055 or email the Center at wordthur@xxxxxxxxxxxx 


Word Thursdays/Bright Hill Press 
Where Literature Lives! 
94 Church Street, POB 193 
Treadwell, NY 13846-0193 
web site: http://www.brighthillpress.org ; 
e-mail: wordthur@xxxxxxxxxxxx 
And don't forget to visit http://www.nyslittree.org, 
The Gateway to the Literary New York !

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