MT Playground: Interactive Pop-Up Art Show by Michael Twery

MT PLAYGROUND – An interactive glow-in-the-dark installation will open on First Friday, May 3rd, 2019, from 5:30 to 8 pm in Riverviews Artspace’s newly renovated Rosel H. Schewel Theater and Gallery, formally Studio 109.

This exhibition, created by Lynchburg artist Michael Twery will feature a number of original percussion instruments and related artworks that glow-in-the dark. There will be four percussion pieces in the center of the gallery that visitors will be invited to play and interact with. These pieces will be separated from the rest of the artwork which is not interactive by a glowing cordon of giant beads made by Twery’s fifth grade art students from James River Day School, sponsored by the JRDS Parent’s Association.

Around the perimeter of the gallery and hanging from above will be various kinds of percussion instruments, mallets and small glowing works illuminated with blacklights. The installation will also feature Twery’s newest work of small, malleable, slow-motion kinetic sculptures called “glow spores”.

There will be some brief drumming demonstrations on the interactive instruments at the show’s opening by Twery and friends. The show will run from the May 3rd through May 24th. Open hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 12pm to 5pm. Riverviews Artspace’s exhibitions are free and open to the public.

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Contemporary and Traditional Dual Exhibition at Riverviews Artspace

Riverviews Artspace welcomes two artists for a joint show highlighting classical technique in a contemporary interpretation. Kris Rehring and Simeon Youngmann use ambiguous subjects and environments with subtle palette and grayscale to create intimate art pieces. Rehring’s collection of paintings, titled Shift in Perspective, is reminiscent of the works of Edward Hopper, featuring people and places in a more colorful composition. Youngmann’s work hints of symbolism in traditional media, such as graphite, charcoal, and ink. The result is figurative compositions that convey narratives and provoke emotion to suit each of their underlying themes.

The opening reception for this Dual Exhibition of Kris Rehring and Simeon Youngmann will begin at 5:30p.m. on May 3rd as part of the First Friday Open House.  Both artists have been invited to the reception and should give a brief talk about their work at 6:30p.m. that night.  The exhibition will be on view May 3rd through June 20th.  The Craddock-Terry Gallery is free and open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 12p.m. to 5p.m.

About the Artists:

Kris Rehring has shown her oil paintings across the country in solo and group exhibitions, most recently at the 60th Stockton Art League Juried Exhibition at The Haggin Museum in Stockton, CA and The National Association of Women Artists’ Winter Small Works Juried Exhibition in New York, NY. Working mostly from life, much of her paintings take on the human role in reclaiming neglected space and often feature a human subject in smaller proportion to their environment. Her painting style incorporates layering in a way that build up her detailed figures and backgrounds. 

Simeon Youngmann is an emerging artist who has shown his work in multiple cities in New York. In 2016, he earned his Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing at the State University of New York at Albany. Religious tropes intersect familiar moments of humanity: a haloed figure sends a text message, and a paramedic wears angelic white. Postures of worship and prayer, taken out of context, become commonplace, conflating the sacred and mundane.