April 24, 2008

Brooklyn, NY, April 15 – Find the unexpected at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library. New art exhibitions opening on April 22 present familiar sights in new ways. These exhibitions are free and open to the public. Central Library is located at 10 Grand Army Plaza. For more information, please call 718.230.2100.

April 22 – June 14:

Nature and Architecture through Light, in the Grand Lobby, features paintings, drawings and photos of city trees and nature in Brooklyn by Mary Rieser Heintjes. The pieces represent moments from her search for meaning in the city. Heintjes paints, draws, and works with glass and photography.

Brooklyn Nights, in the Grand Lobby, is a collection of paintings by Tom Keough that portray familiar Brooklyn sights in unexpected ways. His perspective, free from the activity of rush hour, highlights the miraculous beauty of nature. Keough paints in oil and watercolor, and has created pen drawings and linoleum prints in the past.

The Folding Library, in the Lobby Gallery, is an installation of artist books by Lishan Chang, consisting of drawings, sketches, Chinese calligraphy and stamps.

it-t=i, in the Second Floor Balcony Cases, is a book featuring etchings by Harold Wortsman and text by Peter Wortsman. A dialogue between word and image, it explores the personality of the inanimate- the idea that things have faces too and people are reducible to dust. Peter Wortsman, a short story writer, poet, playwright and translator, received the Beard’s Fund Short Story Award and fellowships from the Fulbright and Thomas J. Watson Foundations.

Begin Beginning Now, in the Youth Wing, is a collection of paintings and collages by Lindsay Packer. Informed by fairy tales, science textbooks and language primers, they examine the curiosity of children, animals and others as they attempt to understand the world and each other. Packer is an art handler at museums in New York and an assistant collections manager for a private art collection in Manhattan. In 2002, she was awarded a Fulbright Student Grant to India for a project on ephemeral imagery and installation art.

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