2006-10-05 / Front Page

Local gallery to open new exhibition Sunday

Soto-Canino's works inspired by Asian art traditions, black dog

One of the works that is part of "Black on Black, Improvisations With Chinese Ink and a Black Dog."
One of the works that is part of "Black on Black, Improvisations With Chinese Ink and a Black Dog." SPOTSWOOD - The works of artist Ana Soto-Canino will be the focus of a new show in the art gallery at the Academy of Music on Main Street.

The exhibition will officially start Sunday with an opening reception and speech by the artist. Canino studied at Princeton University, has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has studied abroad in various parts of the world, including Florence, Italy.

The gallery will feature her newest exhibition, "Black on Black, Improv-isations With Chinese Ink and a Black Dog." This features eight original works by the artist, created on paper with black and red ink, red watercolor, brush, and in some cases a Chinese bamboo pen. They portray the artist's K-9 companion, Jauria, who was adopted at an animal shelter in Puerto Rico in 2002.

Gyclee prints and posters of Canino's work will be for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will go to animal welfare services in Puerto Rico.

"We are always looking to provide something more to the community," said Academy Director Melody Blasenheim. "Ms. Canino's work is unique and exciting. I'm pleased we can give people the opportunity to view and own her work."

Since childhood, Canino has trained and worked in the classical Western tradition of the visual arts that emerged during the Italian High Renaissance (mid-1400s to late 1500s). She also compares, contrasts and informs her work with Asian art traditions. The "Black on Black" series is largely informed by a set of Chinese aesthetics and techniques that emerged during the Song Dynasty (907-1279 A.D.). The piece "Black Dog Enso" was inspired by the sensibilities of Japanese zen inkworks.

Kevan Lunney, curator of the gallery, described Canino as "a respected and accomplished professional artist."

"Her ink work is a fresh and exciting use of calligraphy ink. Usually it is only used in a traditional manner. They convey motion, even speed," Lunney said. "They will appeal to modernists, lovers of Asian art and animals."

Canino, who donates art sale proceeds to coral reef conservation programs and stray dog charities, serves on the Highland Park Arts Commission, a government agency serving to promote the arts.

She directs a private teaching studio, The Academy of Art of Highland Park, and teaches the theoretical and craft fundamentals of more than 20 different media on paper and canvas.

The exhibition will open with a reception at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Academy, 508 Main St. Canino will speak at 5 p.m., and attendees will have the opportunity to speak with her and other art enthusiasts during the opening. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information is available at www.AcademyOfMusicOnMain.

com.

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