Shenandoah Valley Art Center

Address: 122 South Wayne Avenue, Waynesboro, VA 22980, USA
The Shenandoah Valley Art Center, during the month of October, is exhibiting works of art by Waynesboro artist, Joan H. Ranzini. “Restraint versus exuberance” and “planning versus discovery” are two of the contrasts explored by Ranzini in her exhibit “More or Less: A Report from the Studio.” The question under review is: How much is “too much”, and how much is “too little”? It's a theme which Ms. Ranzini says she'd expected to have discarded by now, having once believed that she would arrive at a resting point on the continuum between minimalism and excess. Instead she has found her balance by exploring contrast. Boisterous energetic work provides counterpoint to her current series of contemplative, grid-based mixed media paintings which incorporate many small collage and found-paper compositions. Ranzini says she hopes it all adds up to something, but says she is comfortable with the process of discovery and enjoys not knowing all the answers. An artist's explanatory narrative is of limited value, asserts Ranzini. When an art object is viewed by others, she says, its meaning, purpose, and nuanced existence changes. The art object itself, released from its creators hold, travels happily unburdened by its history or the artist's hopes and aspirations. Ranzini admits only to feeling surprised and lucky to be part of the process. An opening reception will be held Saturday, October 4, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and the public is encouraged to come and meet the artist as she speaks briefly about her work.

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