The Castellani Art Museum's TopSpin Series will resume with an exhibition by Youngstown artist Carol Carreno. "Carol Carreno: Fragments of a Beautiful Journey" opens with a reception and artist talk on Sunday, March 3, from 2 until 4 p.m.
Carreno describes these multi-media paintings as a metaphysical series that "begins with the furious sound of breaking glass. Razor sharp pieces of blue tumblers, brown and green beer bottles, orange candle holders, clear liquor bottles and jam jars, a red vase - useful vessels before now slammed and smashed - resulting in a repository of latent danger along with dazzling sparkle and amazing beauty."
The works featured in "Fragments of a Beautiful Journey" exemplify the complexity of life's emotions. They also illustrate life's energy through the powerful impact as glass is shattered. After all, "life is like a glass: delicate, strong, perilous and scintillating - sometimes able to be restored - sometimes not - but in the end different."
Carreno studied art, written and visual communication at Empire State College and graphic design at Buffalo State College. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at Hallwalls, The Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Carnegie Art Center, Art Dialogue and Impact Artists Gallery. She has had solo exhibitions at the Market Street Art Center and the Youngstown Free Library.
"Carol Carreno: Fragments of a Beautiful Journey" runs through April 21. For more information, contact Michael Beam, curator of collections and exhibitions, at 716-286-8286 or visitwww.castellaniartmuseum.org.