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Members of the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery explore the them e “Relationships” during February and will host a First Friday opening rece ption 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday\, Feb. 1\, 2013. The show runs Jan. 29 to Feb . 24\, 2013.

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             Pete Wroblewski is among the artists supporting the theme with two bronze sculptures. “Threshold” w as inspired by the final scene of the opera “Bluebeard’s Castle\,” in which a young woman accepts her doomed connection to a lover with dark secrets. “Curious?” depicts two figures facing one another\, wondering whether to pu rsue a relationship.

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            Judith Anthony Johnston will show “Master of the Fall\,” a mixed media piece in a series of works exploring human nature. “Relationships are the crux of humanity\,” Jo hnston says. “This piece is about cruelty and control\, a seemingly common thread in the human experience.”

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             Marcia Joffe- Bouska includes “Reconstructed\,” a mixed media piece portraying t he hard work\, determination\, tenacity and persistence required to rebuild and “reconstruct” a relationship. “The intent was to specifically referenc e a marriage\,” she says\, noting that familiar marriage vows are painted i nto the background. “But it really refers to the recommitment required to m ake any relationship work. Materials and technique -- red mirror e dging the “chasm”\, nails\, hand prints\, metal bands bridging negative spa ce – suggest the difficulties\, disappointments\, disillusionment\, betraya ls\, sorrows\, ‘heartbreaks’ that can occur in any relationship in contrast to its initial promise\, hopefulness\, fervor\, and optimism.”               Linda Hatfield will show “Happy Day with Monster\,” in which she explores labeling and identity. “I think the green guy who looks so happy could be the subject\, and he views the girl as the monster in his frame of reference\,” she says.  “The piece is about labels and finding great joy in those who are different from us. The ways we rela te to others visually is also part of this image.”
            Lori Elliott-Bartle
adds “Murmur\,” an oil painting depicting an embracing couple entwined in strands of barbed wire. Desiccated leaves fal l and blue butterflies ascend around the couple\, representing the ebb and flow of relationships\, pleasure and pain\, evolution and change.

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