Greenwich Post, Thursday Oct. 6th, 2005

Bendheim Gallery features ‘landscapes of the mind’

This October, the Greenwich Arts Council will present abstract and figurative sculptures by Peruvian artist Oscar Garcia, coupled with natural images in pastel and oil wash by Frances Ashforth.  An opening reception is 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6.

Focusing on the interpretation of nature, Ms. Ashforth’s paintings range from panoramic landscapes with striking cloud compositions to intimate closeups of rocks and plants.  She relates her artwork to stewardship of the natural environment.  Ms. Ashforth seeks to emphasize “existence as something within the realm of memory, a place where it is safe from physical human destruction.”

She is a graduate of Skidmore College and studied printmaking and art history at the Sir Jogn Cass School of Art in London.  Her works have been exhibited throughout the United States.

Born in Lima, Peru, Mr. Garcia creates both representational and abstract sculpture, drawing on the innate characteristic of stone, wood and clay.  His work starts with a group of lines capturing the essential form and choses organic materials for his works, such as stone, wood, paper and bronze, seeking to creating in art what he sees in life.  Mr. Garcia has executed sculptures and reliefs for several churches and a number of public works commissioned by the Peruvian government.  He holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Escuela de Bellas Artes del Peru and studied at the University of Lima.  He is studying at the Art Students League of New York and doing and externship at Tallix Foundry in Beacon, N.Y.

The Bendheim Gallery, at 299 Greenwich Ave is open Monday through Friday from 10 to 5, Thursday until 7, and Saturday from noon to 5.  For more information call 622-3998 or visit  The Greenwich Arts Council promotes the arts by nurturing artists and building audiences.

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