Light, shadow and more

As we have mentioned here, WAG’s November issue will be devoted to the arts.

One of the features we are planning is a profile of Square Peg Gallery in Hastings-on-Hudson, a riverside space that marks its first anniversary this month.

We stopped by recently for the opening reception of “Between Light and Shadow,” a showcase of the work of Polish-born, Dobbs Ferry-based Jerzy Kubina that continues through Oct. 22.

Here’s how gallery director Mairead Daly-Diep advanced the show:

“Square Peg Gallery is thrilled to present a solo show of works by locally based artist Jerzy Kubina, who originally showed with us during our Artists of the Rivertowns exhibit held in conjunction with the 2016 RiverArts Sudio Tour.

Born in Zamosc, Poland, Kubina studied at the Academy Of Fine Arts in Krakow during the communist regime, graduating with a masters degree in painting. In 1986 Kubina moved to New York where he began to experiment with installations and large-scale paintings, and in 1991 he spent a year living and working in Paris.

Kubina uses a variety of techniques to create layers, textures and translucency in his work. His studio process is similar to that of a laboratory; he constantly challenges himself to discover something exciting, always looking for new techniques to express his emotion. In addition to being widely exhibited in the U.S., including at the legendary and highly esteemed OK Harris gallery in SoHo, Kubina’s work has been shown internationally at the Louis XIV Gallery in Paris, France, and also in Poland and Mexico.

Kubina is honored that his ‘Between Light and Shadow’ show has received the official endorsement of the Polish Consul Katarzyna Padlo who stated, ‘Your…vision and exceptional artworks…will raise awareness of Polish culture in general and in particular, awareness of Polish contemporary art.’”

Here’s some other happenings at Square Peg this month:

  • Oct. 14 – Mbira Workshop with mbira master Musekiwa Chingodza, from Zimbabwe

All levels, including complete beginners, and all ages welcome. 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Register via email: Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for students and children.

  • Oct. 14 – Square Peg Gallery First Anniversary Celebration with art by Kubina and music by Chingodza and The Charlie Rhyner Trio. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 22 – Collaborative soundscape by Kristin Prevallet and Steven Brent, with closing reception for the Kubina show. 3 to 5 p.m.

Square Peg Gallery is at 385 Warburton Ave.

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– Mary Shustack

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