Local artist, Eta Rottenberg, will have a new exhibit of multimedia art, The American Dream & Architectural Studies, on display starting November 6 – December 30 at the Levy and Daniel Families Art Gallery at the JCC Holland Family Building, 787 Delaware Ave.
The first part of the exhibit, ‘The American Dream,” was inspired by a recent discovery of old family slides the artist’s father took between 1950 and 1975. These slides also include images of her parent’s visit to Israel and other countries during in the1950s.
Eta transferred these images to canvas. From there, she enhanced certain parts of the pictures by colorizing them with acrylic and watercolor paints. “Through the transfer process, parts of the images rubbed off, creating a distressed or tarnished appearance.”
“The American Dream” refers to the artist’s father’s journey to the United States after World War II. ‘I realized there was a story behind these images. My father’s journey to America was challenging, yet he persisted and eventually made a new life here. These images reflect a different time and the continuing pursuit of a better life for immigrants and refugees.’
The second part of the exhibit, “Architectural Studies,” is inspired by the historic and iconic buildings in Buffalo, NY. Like her previous work, Eta has created images reflecting her interest in Buffalo architecture and history.
Sunday, December 5 at 2 pm, a complimentary reception will be held in the Levy and Daniel Families Art Gallery. The reception is open to all community members. Participants are invited to tour the gallery, meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments. Additionally, the gallery is free and open to visitors during the JCC business hours. Artwork is for sale, with a portion of sales supporting the JCC Cultural Arts programs.
Eta Rottenberg graduated with a B.A. in Design from University at Buffalo. She also studied painting and graphic design at the School of Visual Arts and the Arts Students League in NYC.
Creator of ‘Buffalo Roots’ Eta has Buffalo-themed artwork and gift items from gallery shops and gift stores throughout Western New York, and online at www.etsy.com/shop/BuffaloRoots.