Ringholz Studios, July 17-31
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When Amy Ringholz unveils her latest works at a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 17, expect something different from a typical art opening. Something more like a royal gala. “We’ll have a red carpet to welcome guests,” says the artist, who also plans to welcome each attendee with a paper-and-lace crown made by Ringholz and her friends. “There’ll be violin music and singing, little royal cakes, and minigoblets with champagne,” she adds.
The most obvious reason for such grand preparations is the title she has bestowed upon this group of some 15 canvases: The Crowned Fenix, referring to the mythological bird that rises, reborn, from its own ashes. The title also expresses Ringholz’s exalted feelings for the members of the animal kingdom—bears, wolves, foxes, horses, owls, bison, and other beasts—that she portrays in her large-scale, vibrantly colorful, mixed-media canvases. “I’ve painted crowns on some of the animals in these works,” she notes, “and, in a playful twist, hidden them in others.”
But there’s still more to celebrate. This marks the artist’s first solo show in her very own public, 1,000-square-foot space, which she opened last November off of a charming courtyard a block from Jackson’s town square. She doesn’t like to call it a gallery, though. “I prefer ‘studios,’ because that helps collectors feel more as if they’re behind the scenes, part of a very intimate, personal collecting process,” she says. To that end, she’s decorated these digs in a “cozy and warm” style, with a small sitting area, rocking chairs, a string of lights down the middle of the ceiling, and all of the artworks impeccably hung and lit.
This month’s opening heralds one additional achievement. Two weeks earlier, through her Ringholz Foundation, the artist will have bestowed her first eight grants, each for $1,000, to applicants of any age who wish to follow their dreams in the arts. And one of the paintings in the show is raffled off at the opening as a first fundraising effort for next year’s grants. A worthy and noble undertaking, to be sure. —Norman Kolpas
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