903 Manchester Street, Lexington KY
859 252 4647
P.O. Box 4714, Lexington, KY 40544
mail@msrezny.com

Mixed Media Art

As an artist I am infinitely curious, as a photographer I enjoy taking a simple object and turning it into something extraordinary to look at. I have a traditional photographic background, yet my imagery is anything but traditional. I have come to embrace the idea that all good photographs are self portraits; whether it is a person, animal, flower or landscape. I tend to see the flowers and fruits as a metaphor and symbols of life itself. My self-portraits give us a new perception of life passages and a view of spiritual growth


The Layered Photogram

My exploration of the garden as metaphor and use of the photogram continues to evolve.; With the imagery in these galleries I am using a digi...


Paint and the Photogram

 For the past year or two I have been adding texture and paint to my exploration of the photogram (a fundamental photographic proces...


Photograms
For many years I have been exploring the art of the photogram. The photogram is a photographic image made by placing objects directly on light sensit...

Artist Books

Making these one of a kind, photo alternative series images has led to my interest in artists books as a way to share my views. The book is a...


Public Art Projects

I have a fascinationfor taking the photograph beyond the two dimensional page. This intrigue has encouraged me to place my original imagery i...


De-constructed photographic reliefs
With my camera I carefully study and take many, many individual close-ups of a solitary subject to extract its essence and beauty. The subject may be...


Commercial Studio
For over 25 years I have run my own photographic studio that specializes in the photography of fine art works for museums, galleries, collectors and individual artists. These custom-finished images have appeared in numerous books, brochures and announcements throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. One of my larger projects was to photograph over 300 art objects from the permanent collection Speed Museum of Art in Louisville, Kentucky to be published in their new museum handbook.

The Speed Museum Handbook
Photography of over 300 art objects, both two and three dimensional for the Speed Museum of Art, Louisville, KY

Horse Mania 2010
A public arts project for LexArts, Lexington, Kentucky that included 82 full sized fiberglass horses photographed first in the studio and again in-sit...

Sheldon Tapley
Brochure for nationally renowned painter Sheldon Tapley

Through American Eyes
Catalog of the American collection at the Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia


The Gallery

M.S. Rezny Studio/Gallery fosters an awareness and appreciation of the visual arts by representing and exhibiting contemporary, professional, experimental and innovative artists. M.S. Rezny Studio/Gallery offers serious collectors and the general public an opportunity to participate in art experiences, to dialogue with artists and to purchase fine art works at affordable prices. Visit M S Rezny Studio/Gallery in Lexington’s Distillery District just west of the downtown Civic Center and Rupp Arena.  The natural light and 14 foot high ceilings in this renovated warehouse of 1500 square feet make the perfect location for art lovers, art works and artists. 

Gallery Hours are Tuesday-Friday11am-4pm, Saturday noon-3pm, and by appointment.

Featured gallery artists for 2014 include:

Melissa T. Hall            Photo/mixed media www.melissathall.com

Kathy Rees Johnson  watercolor/pastel www.kathyreesjohnson.com

Marco Logsdon           painting/mixed media www.marcologsdon.com

Kathleen O’Brien         collage/mixed media www.kathleen-obrien.com

Mary Rezny    photo/mixed media www.msrezny.com

Michael Wayne           photography www.michaelwayne.us

Laverne Zabieski        Fiber www.lavernez.com


 



Upcoming Events
“The Art in Structure” a glimpse into the work of Prajna Design
4/3/2014

This April, the artisans and craftsmen of Prajna Design and Construction will exhibit a painter’s and sculptor’s sense of directness to the art of building.  Through drawings, photographs and structures the group will demonstrate how they combine the ideas of beauty and perfection from the Greeks and the harmony and simplicity of the artisans of Japan to every project they work on.

From the large commercial build (Bernheim Arboretum) to the small bus shelter (“Gardenstop” on Euclid Ave), a new residence or a small re-model and even a bookshelf for Prajna each project is a one of a kind work of art.

Artist reception, April 18, 2014, in conjunction with Gallery Hop.


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MORE&more--a juried art competition defining mixed media
2/14/2014

The process and materials used to create a work of art are always of interest; with mixed media they are central to the work itself.The essence of the mediums, their texture and look are important parts of the message conveyed.

This juried competition seeks to find the best of the layered process of “mixed media” be it paint, drawing, photography, clay, wood, found objects, fiber or whatever. 

 The artist must use at least two different sources of materials to create one image.  

$500  1st Prize    Three $100 Honorable Mention Awards

ENTRY DEADLINE MAY 15th, 2014 ---EXHIBIT  JULY 1st-31st 2014

Complete prospectus  www.msreznygallery.jimdo.com


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Past Events
Pattern and Recognition featuring the art work of Marco Logsdon, Renee Shaw, Michael Wayne, and other artists.
6/15/2012

In the Pattern and Recognition exhibition each artist takes the intended theme and builds upon it.  Some use only
patterns in their work and some will only present abstract images where immediate recognition of the subject is no always obvious.  Most use both.  The show will include a variety of mediums such as painting, drawing, video installations, printmaking, digital photography, textiles and sculpture.

additional information:  www.marcologsdon.com

Opening reception 6/15/12 5-8pm in conjunction with LexArts Gallery Hop Gallery hours: M-F 10am-4pm and by appointment


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Firmly Rooted: A juried exhibition addressing our ongoing, symbiotic relationship with plants.
7/1/2012

 

Exhibit: November 16th to December 21st, 2012

Opening & Awards Reception November 16th, 2012  5-8pm

 Juror, Douglas Stapleton, Assistant Curator of Art with the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery, selected 27 finalist  from over 325 images, submitted from across the US, Canada and Asia to be represented in Firmly Rooted. 
    Regarding his selections, Mr. Stapleton states:  “I selected works that spoke to our relationship to the green, growing world with a distinct voice.  I looked for a range of approaches and materials that mirrored that visual complexity of the botanical world… And finally, I looked for works where artists revel the verdant jumble of the natural world and search for pattern and form in the chaos.”

A First Prize award of $500 and three $100 Honorable Mentions will be presented at the Gallery Hop on November 16th
A People’s Choice Award will be presented at the end of the exhibitionwhere winning artist receives monies collected from votes placed at $1 each.

For a preview of the juried exhibit visit  www.msreznygallery.jimdo.com


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Out of the Woods-Kathy Rees Johnson
8/9/2012

An exhibit of paintings celebrating trees

Opening reception: Thursday, 9 August 2012 5 – 8 pm

"Loving the landscape has been a lifelong habit. Although my early artistic focus was on the figure, a Fay Moore pastel workshop featuring the landscape brought the two passions of landscape and making art together.  The layering of watercolor and pastel facilitated this union."


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"Fire"Fiber Art by Laverne Zabielski
11/18/2011

Working with painted shibori techniques and the FeltLoom
Laverne Zabielski continues her use of fiber as art for the wall, the floor or
the body. “My exhibit, Fire, is not only an exploration of color, it
also investigates the various definitions of the word and how these meanings impact
us.

  Additional information:  www.lavernez.com

Opening reception 11/18/11  5-8pm in conjunction with LexArts Gallery Hop


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A Green Garden: Photo-Mixed Media by Mary S. Rezny; Sculpture by Prajna Design & Crosswinds Pottery
2/17/2012

            Influenced by the form of the photogram, combined with the hues and textures of the garden; Rezny’s photo-mixed-media images envy spring and summer.  These unique portraits, rich in surface quality and color, are a reflection of the
subtle changes within every season.

            Enhancing Rezny’s Green Garden will be an outdoor waiting arbor designed and constructed by Garry Murphy, Prajna Design www.prajandesign.com and sculptured “Garden Jewels” by mixed media ceramist Cynthia Carr, Crosswinds pottery.

 


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"No Small Thing" by Kate Sprengnether and Mike Goodlett
4/20/2012

 Kate Sprengnether, of Lexington, is influenced by the natural world.  She creates impressions of natural objects as visual touchstones of memories, made accessible and intimate through their small scale.  Mike Goodlett, of Wilmore, incorporates
stitched elements into his anthropomorphic pen drawings. His work mysteriously suggests figurative elements.

No Small Thing will be on view beginning on Wednesday, April 18; the opening reception follows on Friday, April 20, 5-8pm, in conjunction with LexArts Gallery Hop. The gallery will host a second event on Sunday, April 29, 1-4pm. The exhibit will remain on view through May 25, 2012


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Collaborate!! A creative visual potential
9/21/2012

Working in twos, eight visual artist combine talents and mediums to create dynamic new images. “The space between people working together is filled with conflict, friction, strife, exhilaration, delight, and vast creative potential.”(Bruce Mau)

Each artist will exhibit their own work beside the collaborative piece. Artists include Marco Logsdon and Matt Matsubara; Rene Hales and Melissa Hall; Laverne Zabielski and Kathleen O’Brien; Mary Rezny and Karen Spears Springate

Opening reception 9/21/2012 5-8pm, in conjunction with LexArts Gallery Hop. Gallery hours M-F 10am-4pm and by appointment. 


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"Sneak PeeK"
1/6/2013

This January drop by the gallery for a "Sneak Peek" of the upcoming exhibits for 2013.  This group exhibit will give you an idea of the exciting idea of what to expect in the coming months.  Opening reception Sunday January 13th, 2013, 2-4pm.


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Heart of Light & Darkness by Rene M. Hales & Melissa T. Hall
2/1/2013

A photographic collaboration that creates personal narratives from ephemeral evidence left behind.  The photographs evolved from models, costumes, props, mood and locations. In each instance there was an interplay between all of the pictorial elements that came together in the final scene. We filled in all that was missing from ephemeral evidence left behind.  Opening reception February 15, 5-8pm, in conjunction with LexArts Gallery Hop


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Kathleen O'Brien--Realms of Wonder
4/1/2013


Kathleen O’Brien’s collages of abstract watercolors, drawings, and botanicals echo the healing realms she experiences in meditation.  “Remaining in this state, the energy of the present moment guides me. The brush glides, making true marks playful and abstract, scribing a universal language or elements of sacred geometry. Serene and vibrant color fills the space. Each stroke leads to the next, revealing stories of time and place for you to
inhabit in peace.”

 Artist reception inconjunction with LexArts Gallery Hop, April 19th,2013 5-8pm

Kathleen will be in the gallery every Saturday in April from noon until 3pm for an infomal discussion of her artwork.


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“Burying Monkees--photography by Rhett Beck
5/1/2013

Burying Monkees"  A Photographic Journey through the Old Taylor and Old Crow Distilleries” –Los Angeles-born, Frankfort-based photographer Rhett L. Beck has spent much of the past ten years documenting the ruins of the Old Taylor and Old Crow distillery sites in Millville,  Kentucky.  His attraction to these cenes of industrial decay is two-fold.  On the one hand, he is drawn to capture the craftsmanship of an earlier time and the “art of decay” as nature reclaims the built environment. But more personally, as the title of the exhibition implies, these are also spiritual places where Beck confronts his personal demons, where art becomes a means to redemption and renewal.

Artisit Reception Sunday, May 19th

 


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not(2)BIG-a small arts juried competition
6/21/2013


M. S. Rezny Studio/Gallery announces the finals of the international juried exhibit not(2)BIG.  From over 370 artworks submitted,  juror Arturo Sandoval has selected 40 artworks to be represented .

Opening reception and award presentations June 21st,5-8pm  in conjunction with LexArtsGallery Hop.  Exhibit will remain on viewthrough July 31st

for more information and images of the accepted artwork  please visit:  www.msreznygallery.jimdo.com


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Of the Earth, Paintings by Kathy Rees Johnson
8/2/2013

Kathy Rees Johnson’s paintings celebrate the everyday beauty that surrounds us. Using watercolor/pastel, acrylic and mixed media Johnson’s paintings allow for an interval of enjoyment for the beauty that is all around us. ”The Earth provides me with my artistic inspiration as well as serving as an antidote to some of our man-made problems. Still, there is a sweet intersection between nature and human influence that fuels my passion.”


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3 X33-a group exhibit
9/9/2013

Simply put, 3 x 33 is a show about pluralism, 3 works by 33 artists. Pluralism is used, often in different ways; across a wide range of topics to denote a diversity of views, and stands in opposition to a single approach or method of interpretation.  This show of 99 works has been curated by local artist, Marco Logsdon, to show the regional diversity of just a handful of artist working in the area today. He asked each artist to create works that show a relationship between the 3 works in either the form of a triptych or as 3 individual works made with the intention of being shown in tandem. The individuality of each artist
is the most important aspect of the show

Artist Reception, Friday September 20th, 5-9pm


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Tales from the Edge-Photography/Mixed Media by Melissa T. Hall
10/4/2013

The subjects in Tales from the Edge are symbolic self-portraits.  At times Melissa T. Hall feels  as though she is hanging on to the edge of sanity by her fingernails.,  “Dreaming up compositions, then playfully birthing them into reality helps me cope with life: my way of clarifying internal struggles, taking the angst and making lemonade”

The title also alludes to the process of the images floating on the periphery until they coalesce. The images are on the edge of her vision, thoughts and subconscious.  Decay, escapism and entrapment dominate this series.  The viewer is invited to peel back the layers and relate to the collective dream of being somebody else.

Artist Reception: Saturday, October 5th, 1-4pm

Artist Demonstration:  Photography combined with encaustic painting techniques   Saturday, October 19th, 1-3pm


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“Layered, a Fantasy Memoir” by Laverne Zabielski
11/5/2013

  This is a memoir that instead of using words will be a visual memoir using paintings, felt, silk and artist books by Laverne Zabielski. Color becomes the connecting tread for Ms. Zabielski. All of the “Garden Girls” have a dominant color that is reflected in the painted illustrations and the textile artwork and vice-versa.

 Although textile art, painting and creative writing may seem as totally different art forms for Ms. Zabielski they are very much interconnected   “They all rely on an element of chance and dialogue, fostering discussion. The reader’s story and my story become intermingled. Layered… My process is layered. My life is layered. My art is created in layers.”  This visual memoir merges the layers.

Artist reception: Friday, November 15th 5-8pm


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Holiday Revels
12/3/2013

A group exhibit of artwork by the 2013 featured gallery artists in M S Rezny’s Gallery.   During the Artist Reception, Thursday, December 5th, 4-7pm, 40% of any artwork sold will be donated to Hospice of the Bluegrass art fund. 


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2014 Featured Artists
1/2/2014

Meet the 2014 featured gallery artist in this month’s group exhibit.  Artists include:


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Art and the Bookshelf
2/4/2014

Sculptural and altered artists books displayed on unique bookshelves

In this exhibit the bookshelf is both a sculpture and functional unit beautifying whatever art is placed on it.  Prajna Design built a modular wall system from native Kentucky, reclaimed and exotic woods. Marco Logsdon bookshelf is reminiscent of his high gloss resin paintings, while Jack Girard and Mike Sanders bring a sense of humor to their collaborative bookcase. 

 On the bookshelves are altered books by mixed media artists Lucinda A. Chapman, Jack Girard and Ray Papka.   Also displayed on the bookshelves are three dimensional artist books by Marco Logsdon and photographers Mary Rezny and Michael Wayne.  

 

Artist reception February 21st 5-8pm in conjunction with Galley Hop

Workshop with Mary Rezny February 1st and 16th "That Fabulous Accordion Fold"...call or write for details

Exhibit on view through February


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“Fab-ri-ca-tion” Contemporary Fabric Collage by Constance Grayson
3/1/2014

“Fab-ri-ca-tion”, a play on words in this exhibit of fabric collages by Constance Grayson. Each artwork is composed of literally hundreds of bits of vintage, hand-dyed or commercial fabric.   By layering the fabrics pieces Grayson is able to convey the impression of shading as a painter would do with paint. Her fabric “paintings” are bold interpretations of color, form and texture observed in nature “…“Fabrication” is descriptive of both the end piece of work and the process by which it is made—that interplay between a word as a noun and the same word as a verb.”

Artist reception March 15th, 1-3pm   Exhibit on view through March 2014


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