Bernice Massé Rosenthal – A Retrospective

at the Burnett Gallery in the Jones Library

43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA 

April 2 through April 29 during library hours

Opening reception – April 2 from 2:00 to 4:30
Work by the late Bernice Massé Rosenthal over a span of five decades will be on exhibit with a focus on her wood assemblages and collage. As an inveterate recycler, she found objects that were discarded and presumed useless or offcuts from woodworking projects that became her assemblages. Whimsy is to be found along with the serious. Her approach to art was imaginative in concept, deliberate in process, skilled in technique and meticulous in execution. 
IMG_2264.jpegThe artist with American Gothic #1

Virtual exhibitions ??

I had two exhibitions in December. Both were VIRTUAL. 

The first was was scheduled to be at the Burnett Gallery in Amherst’s Jones Library. Under pandemic circumstances it became a virtual show of my assemblages. The Burnett was where I had a 2-person show, “Act II, Scene I”, back in 2006 when I recommitted myself to art. It is a lovely space where my works showed well. Regrettably, a virtual exhibition can’t compare, especially when it come to sculpture that has 3-dimensional qualities. 

The second was a show at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, Massachusetts. It was the Third Annual Small Works Exhibit, a virtual show with video opening statements by many of the artists represented. The works had to be small with modest prices. Mine was a “Tapa Assemblage”. I found Gateway City Arts to be a vibrant venue in a city on the mend with great natural and cultural possibilities. 

I am not a fan of virtual exhibitions – not yet. For sculpture, video offers a means of seeing a whole work. Photos are insufficient. Whatever there was to be seen at these two virtual exhibitions can also be seen here at my website. And lots more. Take a look around.