Cathy Breslaw: Luminosity

Friday, February 8, 2013
Reception, 5 – 7pm
Exhibition, February 4 – May 2, 2013
at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery
885 E Musser Street, Carson City

Luminosity Exhibition at CCAI Courthouse Gallery

The Capital City Arts Initiative [CCAI] announces its exhibition, Luminosity, by Cathy Breslaw at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery from Feb. 4 – May 2, 2013. CCAI will host a reception for the artist on Friday, February 8 from 5 – 7pm. During the reception, Ms. Breslaw will give an informal talk about her work beginning at 5:30pm. The Courthouse is located at 885 E Musser Street, Carson City. The exhibition and reception are free and the public is cordially invited. The gallery is open to the public Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm.

In Luminosity, Breslaw presents a variety of wall pieces created from plastic industrial meshes originally
intended for commercial purposes. She discovered the colorful mesh in a factory on trip to Asia and has transformed it into an innovative art material. She says, “Color plays an integral role in enhancing the atmospheric transparency of the materials. The work, sharing forms of painting, sculpture, and installation leads the viewer to take an intimate look at seemingly ordinary materials . . . .” Using the transparent mesh, Breslaw builds each piece by splicing, sewing, and layering the different mesh colors and densities into delicate yet substantial abstract compositions.

Cathy Breslaw holds an MFA from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, an MSW (Master of Social Work) from Howard portraitUniversity in Washington, D.C. and a BA degree in American Studies from George Washington University in Washington D.C. She currently lives and works in southern California as a visual artist, arts writer and public speaker. Breslaw’s work has been the subject of over 30 solo exhibitions and has been featured in approximately 50 group exhibitions around the nation. Recent exhibitions include Above, Below and Beyond (2012) at the Walkers Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, WI; and A Matter of Space (2011) at the Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA.

Danielle Susalla Deery wrote the exhibition essay, Lightness of Being, for the exhibition. She is Director of Exhibitions and Communications at Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, California where she manages the exhibition galleries and oversees approximately 20 exhibitions a year. Deery also teaches art history at Fullerton College. She earned an MFA from California State University, Fullerton, CA and a BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, NY.

reception2CCAI extends special thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts for its Challenge America Fast Track grant supporting Luminosity and to Molly Bundy-Toral and the Carson Nugget for their lead donations to CCAI for the exhibition.

The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization committed to the encouragement and support of artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. The Initiative is committed to community building for the area’s diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and online projects.

CCAI is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, City of Carson City, Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, John and Grace Naumann Foundation, and the Carson Nugget.

[top image: Cathy Breslaw]
[bottom image, at the artist’s reception, l-r: Sharon Rosse, Cyndy Brenneman, Cathy Breslaw, Glenn Clemmer]