BAYarts nods to Woody Allen film

"They Longed to See the World" by Gail Crum is among the works in the "Interiors" exhibition at BAYarts in February.

On Friday, Feb. 3, BAYarts will once again host two opening receptions for two art exhibitions: "Interiors" (featuring work inspired by the Woody Allen film of the same name), and a student show for oil and acrylic paint.

Inside the BAYarts Sullivan Family gallery, "Interiors" will display a show of women artists curated by Karen Petkovic, artistic director of BAYarts. The artists participating in the show were asked to interpret the same theme loosely based on the idea that the physical environment we create for ourselves is representative of one's own psychological interior. Petkovic was initially inspired by the set design in Allen's 1978 film. The film is known for the way the apartments and homes mirror the emotional limitations of the characters, which is what Petkovic honed in on for the exhibition.

"Initially when I started thinking about the show two years ago, it was in a very narrow way – based on what I was going through and the work I was starting at that time. I had some life changes and realized that the inside of my home had evolved to represent those changes. Once I invited the participating artists to interpret the theme I was struck by the diverse way they interpreted it. The work in the show will showcase the unique approach each artist took in a number of mediums including installation work."

The other artists in this exhibition will include Darrelle Anne Centuori, Gail Crum, Liz Maugans, Raheleh Mohammad, Karen Petkovic, Jessica Ramage, Erin Stack, Susie Underwood, Eliza Wing and Shari Wilkins.

Opening on the same night, in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery, will be the work of of Susan Gray Bé's Painting in Oil and Acrylics Class.

Teacher Gray Bé, who also teaches at the Cleveland Museum of Art, is especially fond of the BAyarts studio and campus. "Painting light as contrasting shape while adding structure and detail with tone, color, and texture in oil or acrylic – become sheer pleasure in our daylit BAYarts studio."

Gray Bé also ardently respects and takes pride in the students she teachers on a weekly basis. She explains that beyond the technical aspects of "finding geometric shapes, noting the quality of edges, blending with wet-in-wet, and glazing," that the students have "aesthetic preferences that emerge as they refine brushwork. Their individual styles naturally evolve."

For those curious how their artistic talents might also evolve, Susan Gray Be's upcoming Acrylic and Oil Painting class can be registered for on Feb. 7, at

The art openings will run 7-9 p.m., and will be on display through March 1. The Sullivan Family Gallery is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and the Diane Boldman Education Gallery is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Jessica Stockdale


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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 9:38 AM, 01.24.2017