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Three Pound Ridge Artists Take Part in ArtsBash

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – Three Pound Ridge artists took place in ArtsWestchester’s annual ArtsBash in White Plains last week.

The event, held in conjunction with Westchester Magazine’s Food and Wine Weekend, was held Friday at ArtWestchester’s historic building and was a celebration of art and food and featured more than 20 artists and 30 area restaurants.

Billed as a night of “food, fun and fabulous art,” the works of Pound Ridge’s Martin Kremer, Susan Cox and Susan Manspiezer were front and center.

Manspeizer’s career spans 30 years of exhibitions, including numerous awards and review. She has exhibited extensively throughout New York, the Northeast and the Midwest, with an international exhibit in Tokyo. Manspeizer held her first museum show at the Midland Center for the Arts, in Midland, Mich., in the summer of 2002. Her sculpture, “A Symphony,” was awarded an honorable mention in the Best of New York Artists publication in 2006. She has studied Art at the Art Students League, where she  teaches a summer session, and teaches a drawing and painting course throughout the year at The Art Center of Northern New Jersey.

“The most expressive element of art, for me, is the line,” she said. “It is a powerful tool. It can be used to express sensitivity or it can be employed to show enormous energy and in-between it has the ability to express a magnitude of emotions. Coupled with color, I have set out on a mission to demonstrate the use of a dimensional line in space.”

Cox has a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University. After years of practicing architecture, she turned to glass as a more immediate means of exploring her ideas of light and space. She has studied at Corning, Pilchuck, and North Lands Glass Centre. Her work has been chosen for a number of shows, and is in private collections.

“ My work is an exploration of how we both perceive and imagine space,” she said. “As an architect, I designed built spaces. Now I work on a smaller scale and I conceptualize the experience of inhabiting and moving through a space. Using simple forms and attention to proportion, I strive to create a sense of enclosure, the anticipation of passage, or a suggestion of something beyond.”

Kremer is renowned for his work with art glass.

“Glass has been a medium of expression for me for more than 30 years,” he said. “I began as a stained-glass enthusiast but art glass gradually took over, evolving from a hobby to a full-time obsession.”

Kremer’s experience includes glass blowing with several studios and workshops throughout the Hudson Valley and has worked with the Studio of the Corning Glass Museum in New York City. His work has included Japanese-style art glass lamps, jewelry boxes and decorative hanging panels.

“I am influenced primarily by texture and pattern from many sources including Native American fabrics, Italian masonry, classic American quilts, and wood marquetry.”

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