Studio Kroner is pleased to announce "BEYOND THE MATERIAL: Transforming the Ordinary into the Extraordinary," a captivating exhibition featuring renowned Cincinnati artists Cynthia Lockhart and Mark Wiesner. This highly anticipated showcase explores material manipulation, pushing artistic boundaries and revealing the remarkable transformation from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
> Opening Reception: 6-9 pm, Thursday, September 7
> Artist Talk: 1-2 pm, Saturday, September 16
> Closing: 2-5 pm, Saturday, October 7
Meet the Artists:
Cynthia Lockhart’s fiber art is a harmonious blend of diverse influences, drawing inspiration from nature, fashion, music, dance, travel, and African cultural arts. Her textiles mesmerize with vibrant colors that beautifully reflect her African heritage, adorned with organic shapes and graceful circles. Pushing the boundaries of conventional quilting, Cynthia skillfully crafts dynamic patterns using an array of colorful fabrics, showcasing her background in fashion and accessories design. Through her art, Cynthia weaves a captivating narrative that celebrates the embrace of diversity and the world's inherent beauty.
Cynthia’s accomplishments include prestigious exhibitions at the renowned Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and being honored with the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award.
Cynthia was an influential professor at the University of Cincinnati, where she taught courses on Fiber Art Fashion, Art of Jewelry and Leather Accessory Design, Master of Design Professional Development Seminar, and Co-op courses. She has been featured in many publications and is widely respected within artistic networks.
As a sculptor of assemblages, Mark Wiesner brings meticulous and technical rigor to his craft, carefully handling delicate and mundane materials.
Mark purposefully combines seemingly incompatible materials as he works, anticipating an inexplicable harmony. The discarded, found, or leftover objects serve as the foundation for his creations, and through his transformative touch, these once meaningless fragments evolve into something meaningful. His true passion and dedication lie in imbuing new compositions with rhythm and beauty. Through this process of metamorphosis, these objects take on new contexts and fresh significance.
Mark is a graduate of Edgecliff College in Cincinnati, where he received his BA with a concentration in Art, and he went on to receive a Masters's from the Athenaeum of Ohio in Religious Studies. Before retiring, Mark was an art teacher at The Summit Country Day School for 39 years, serving as the Department Chair.