The Community Arts Network of Oneonta will present its next exhibit, “Mama Would be Proud,” featuring sculptor Michael Stolzer and photographer Edward Garbarino, with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. today in The Galleries at 11 Ford Ave. at the Wilber Mansion, Oneonta. The show will run through Dec. 30.
Over the past 25 years Stolzer’s work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums. He has been honored with awards from The Bergen Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, and The National Arts Club, among others. He studied at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Museum Arts School and the National Academy of Design.
In 1988 his talents were enlisted by Yoko Ono to assist her in producing bronze works for an exhibition at the Whitney Museum, and later, for the Smithsonian, Venice Biennial and Mary Boone Gallery in New York. Ono also hired Stolzer for a sculpted portrait of her late husband, John Lennon, as well as to interpret Lennon’s drawings and re-create them in bronze.
Stolzer also worked with the late pop artist Keith Haring, introducing him to the technique of sgraffito and the possibilities of bronze casting. Stolzer assisted Haring with what was to be the final series of work in that artists life, and oversaw the casting of the finished pieces in 1990 after Haring’s death.
Stolzer recently opened his own gallery on Main Street in Oneonta, and his paintings, drawings and sculptures can be seen at Danette Koke Fine Arts in New York City, Louis Stern Fine Arts in Los Angeles , Gallerie Camino Real in Boca Raton, American Art in Carmel, and Gallerie VYP in Buenos Aires, as well as in private collections here and abroad.
Garbarino is a fine art photographer whose work has been exhibited in art galleries and photographic centers including the Philadelphia Print Center, the Watershed Media Center in Bristol, England, the Smithy Center for the Arts in Cooperstown, and the University of Miami. His photographic art has been published in national and international photographic journals. Garbarino’s photographic work is included in the WCP permanent photography collection housed at the Samuel Dorskey Museum at the State University of New York located at New Paltz. His photographic education includes Parsons School of Design, School of Visual Arts and the International Center for Photography.