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February 11th, 2005
Rochelle Toner/ Larry Spaid: Visual Dialogue On Abstraction at Fleisher Art Memorial’s Center for Works on Paper: Master Workshop for Artists

The Suzanne Fleisher and Ralph Joel Roberts Gallery at Fleisher's Center for Works on Paper at 705 Christian Street re-opens this spring with a pairing of two seasoned artists, Rochelle Toner and Larry Spaid. The exhibition, Visual Dialogue on Abstraction, features two artists whose work is non-objective, but whose visual forms and sources offer a vibrant conceptual and visual counterpoint. Toner and Spaid have been colleagues for many years at Temple University -- and will also serve on the Challenge Exhibition selection panel for the 28th season of the series. While both artists work abstractly, Toner's images are organic while Spaid's forms are more geometric. Both artists draw upon personal experiences and emotions to produce powerful and evocative work.

In conjunction with the exhibition the public is invited to view the work, meet the artists, and participate in a public dialogue about how the two artists develop their images. The artists will hold a gallery discussion on Wednesday, March 23, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., which is free and open to the public.

Also in conjunction with the exhibition Ms. Toner and Mr. Spaid will offer a master workshop, "Moving Your Work Forward", in Fleisher's studios at 705 Christian Street, on Sunday, April 10, from 1 - 4:00 p.m. The artists will focus on ways for artists to bring a forceful direction to their work. Both artists have a long history of developing ideas for their images through note taking, drawings, travel, and life experience. They will share their studio documents with those in the workshop. Participants are invited to bring one current piece of their own work and any materials they would like to work with. Toner and Spaid will view each person’s images and consult with them on potential directions the work might take conceptually as they work hands-on in the studio during the session. This will be followed by a review and feedback by the two artists. The cost for this workshop is $40 for Fleisher members, or $60 for nonmembers. Space is limited, so sign now for this great opportunity. Call 215-922-3456, ext. 328, to pay with a credit card.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

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