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Thursday, April 9, 2015

“Oo La L’eau,” by Sam Vacanti will be one of the featured items in the 
"Vacanti Arts" exhibit opening Saturday at the Market Street Art Studios.
A second exhibit, the annual "Student-Teacher show," will also open
Two new exhibitions at the Market Street Art Studios will be kicked off with an opening reception from 1 - 4 p.m. Saturday. A Student-Teacher show will be hosted in the upstairs Brick Gallery, while the downstairs Whalen Gallery will host works by Janet and Sam Vacanti, AKA "Vacanti Arts."

“This is an annual event for us,” says Bonni Haney of the Student-Teacher show. “We have some great art teachers here and we love to show them off as well as the wonderful work they do with their students. A good teacher acts as a guide, so that their influence can be seen in the student’s work but does not dominate it. Rather, it blends with the student’s own imagination to create something unique.” The Student-Teacher show runs until May 9.

Janet Vacanti has been making jewelry for over 35 years. She first trained as a silversmith in 1977 but experimented in different mediums trying to find her style. Attracted to both industrial artifacts and nature she found that she could emulate both their qualities by combining found objects with organic shapes and colors. Natural aged patinas and "priors" (secret past history) are what attracted her to using found objects and recycled metals. Her love of up-cycling materials has made her look at the world around her in a different way.

Sam Vacanti has been drawing as long as he can remember. “The first one I recall,” he said, "being a large random scribble on manila paper, the resulting shapes filled with bright colors. ‘I see a bunny in there!’ my sister opined. It was my first feedback from a sympathetic critic. She liked it. I loved that she liked it. However, I saw a dragon. It is curious to me that 49 years down the line this experience is still the foundation of my picture making activity. The idea that a different set of eyes may see what I do not. It seems this is where the essence, the meat and the magic all reside.” The “Vacanti Arts,” exhibit runs until April 24.

The Market Street Art Studios, 247 Market St., are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. There never an admission fee.

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