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Destined for the Stars
August 2, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - December 2, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Opening Reception, Friday, August 2, 5:30-8:30pm. Details below.
Destined for the Stars, a solo exhibition of painted glass, aluminum, and mixed media wall-reliefs by artist Ricky Bernstein, will be on display in the Museum’s GlassAccess Gallery from Friday, August 2, through Monday, December 2, 2019.
In this exhibit, Ricky celebrates victories over life’s everyday challenges. His work features comic book-like characters who struggle with out-of-control vacuum cleaners, tangled telephone cords, ill-timed computer crashes, and more, as they juggle the often mundane chores of their daily lives. As a Museum dedicated to celebrating everyday heroes, we are proud to present an exhibition that honors “tackling the ordinary” and makes the point that we are all heroes in our own right.
Ricky Bernstein is an American artist born in 1952 in Providence, Rhode Island. While the inspiration for his art can clearly be linked to the comical and loving dysfunction of his middle class Jewish family, the anxiety-ridden characters featured in his work present a universal narrative, with a distinctly Americana sensibility.
When asked what makes his characters earn the title of “hero,” Bernstein offered this insightful thought particularly about his female figures. “My work and personal vision honors the lives of ordinary women; mothers whose lives had so much promise, but they settled for less of their own advancement to take care of others. The purpose of my art is to recognize their sacrifices and celebrate how they make it through each day.”
The exhibit will kick off with an Opening Reception on Friday, August 2 from 5:30-8:30pm. Attendees will meet the artist and enjoy an evening of improv comedy*. Light refreshments will be served, including beer provided by Mainstay Independent Brewery. The event is free, with a suggested donation of $10 at the door. Everyone who donates will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Iron Hill Brewery gift card.
*Participating comedians include: Emily Davis, Darryl Charles, Christine Walledin, Kayleigh Leggitt, Vishnu “Deepu” Murty, Erica Gooch
Exhibited works include: