Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 30, 1976 · Page 89
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May 30, 1976

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 89

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Dbrrit Karasek poses before two of her works. Artist ties down her 'personal world* Delia Brown Taylor One of he most exciting "in" spots for Charleston area artists these days is up at Sherry's place--The Art Store on Bridge Road, that is. But more of that later. First of all, lets take a look at the 35 works of art now on view at The Art Store Gallery. The artist is Dorrit Karasek who in her relatively short time in the valley has made a commendable contribution to the arts. . h e is best known as art teacher .'·' and'exhibitor in local competitions. To those familiar with her work, the Palimpsest Series of small black and white drawings hardly prepares the visitor to her current exhibition for the six or so enormously daring canvases on bleached denim that provides the surface upon which they are executed. An overview of the show would suggest the artj^t's pervasive sensitivity to many aspects of her world, and ours.. Amidst the spiraling tendrils of delicate lines is often unleashed a fury that recalls a blinding storm, or the frightening tsense of subterranean caverns. One often appears to be looking inward, deeply penetrating the surface of an animate object, beholding lines that are rarely static that are con-- sumed by our environs, as if to self destruct. On the other hand, a more significant interpretation might reveal *#ie expressionism of Munch, or the stunned gestures of the Lord's Supper, or even a wedding portrait. .Indeed, careful.'observation of 22m CHARLESTON. W.VA. . any one of the drawings, paintings, collages, what have you, invites more than a causal perusual of washes of inks, and dyes, coupled with keenly sensitive lines that seem to provide other-world imagery for the artist. It comes a s no surprise to learn that anatomy and biological forms and even maps have long fascinated the artist. See for yourself as you study the show. . Dorrit Karasek's exhibition is a handsome installation. The majority of her works are in variations of black and white. And whether the smallest drawing or a quite large painting, one instantly acknowledges the total submersion of the artist in her work. No cursory consideration here, not at all; but rather, one finds a series of abstractions that search for truths by mixing media and unfolding a whole new world of "experiences and ideas to whet the appetite. Mrs. Karasek said of her work: "I am not satisfied with a vague blob, but I want to tie it d o w n . . . " It is in this 'tying down' that one discovers the very personal world of Dorrit Karasek. The Palimpsest series has a fascinating historical background, originally, they were old documents, even waxed tablets, wifJi new inscriptions placed over the old ones. Sometimes writing, sometimes photographs were beneath the surface. Dorrit's drawings are rendered on the tissue paper surface of English newspapers, which provide a suitable medium for her to draw upon. There is a refreshing quality in the few paintings.in .which a little color has" found its way. But for the artist, there is a hesitation to become too absorbed in. the use of bright color at this time. She is ' more excited about the implied color in the varieties of grays in her work. · Mrs. Karasek was born in Worcestershire, England, and was trained at the Bromley College of Art, and the University of Leeds, both in England. She taught for nearly 10 years in England, has recent teaching experience at the Denver Art Museum Education Program, at Sunrise, and The Art Store. She taught a course in calligraphy in the continuing Education Department at West Virginia State College. Add to the latter two for this year, her involvement in an art therapy program at both Spencer and Huntingdon State hospitals. Uorrit is the wife of Laurence Karasek, professor of art at the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies (COGS) who served as the director of Appalachian Corridors Art Biennial IV last year. This tal- .ented couple are the parents of two children. Sherry Margolis opened The Art Store in August, 1973. Since that time it has grown from the '.'get everything you need in art store" to a village general store. According to Sherry, it is the "checking-in place, it's wild . . . people drop things off to be picked up; dental appointments are made here, just everything happens here." And of course, she would have it ho other way. The gallery area is a part of the expansion program made available when the adjoining second floor room was vacated. It opened in September. The popular wine and cheese openings have included the exhibits of the teaching staff at The Art Store. Prior exhibitors include Hal Selinger, David Martin, Barbara ' Blumberg, Arline Greenblatt, and Jan Griffin. On June 26, the gallery will show the pottery of Pam Hoss and Marc Plummer. Pam is Ellie Schaul's sister, and Marc, a recent W. Va. University graduate, is at the North Charleston Recreation Center. The response to the gallery has been very encouraging to Mrs. Margolis. She has long range plans for her exhibition schedule next year. The classes now taught at the store will be restructured in a manner that will permit more individual development. Instead of too much diversity, she prefers an open studio atmosphere with full art education resources. The student will set specific goals, according to individual needs, and the instructor will assist the student in reaching that goal. Plans are in the offing for a reference library for student convenience. The Art Store is open from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m. six days a week. From now until Labor Day, it will be closed on Saturdays. It's known as the South Hills Art Store, yes, but it's really Sherry's place. Don't miss it. SUNDAY , Morning: 10:00 "The Big Bonanza" 11:30 "Chad Hanna" Noon: 1:30 "Johnny Rocco" 3:00 "Block Busters" 4:30 "The Blackmailers" Evening: ' 6:00 Christian Network 11:00 Movie Marathon Holiday MONDAY Morning: TUESDAY Moraine: 9:00 "Casanova in Burlesque" 11:00 Cable Journal .Noon: ' 1:00 "County Fair" 3:00 ^'Carolina Cannonball" . 5:00 "Bozo" evening: 6:00 Cable Journal 7:30 Herald of Truth 8:00 700 Club 9:30 Testimony Time 10:00 "The Big Fix' 1 WEDNESDAY Morning: 9:00 "County Fair" 11:00 U. S. Navy 11:30 Canadian Travel.Film Noon: : : 1:00 "Carolina Cannonball" 3:00 "Call of the Yukon" 5:00 "Bozo" Evening: 6:00 U. S. Navy 7:00 Canadian Travel Film 8:00 700 Club 9:30 Young Disciples v 10:00 "Casanova in Burlesque" THURSDAY Moraine: 9:00 "Carolina Cannonball" .11:00 Sports Travel World Noon: 1:00 "Call of the Yukon" 3:00 "The Big Fix" 5:00 "Bozo" . Evening: 6:00 Sports Travel World 8:00 700 Club 9:30 Testimony Time · 10:00 "County Fair" FRIDAY Morning: 9:00 "Call of the Yukon" 11:00 Cable Spotlight Noon: ..,'; 1:00 "The Big Fix" 3:00 "Casanova in Burlesque" - 5:00 "Bozo" Evening: 6:00 Cable Spotlight 7:30 Thirty Minutes 8:00 700 Club - 9:30 Young Disciples 10:00 Movie Marathon. " '' : £ SATURDAY Morning: 10:00 "The Big Fix". 11:30 "Casanova in Burlesque" Noon: 1:30 "County Fair" 3:00 Carolina Cannonball" 4:30 "Call of the Yukon" Evening: 9:307oo Club 11:00 Movie Marathon May 30. 1976. Sunday Gazette-Mail

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