January’s Matz Gallery exhibition, “Winter Expressions”, features the work of husband and wife artist team, Matt Cegelis and Ruth Schneider. Matt works primarily in photography and digital art; Ruth combines her photography with painting or texture. Both enjoy the serendipitous process of merging multiple images, “discovering and creating one-of-a-kind abstractions”. Both artists are based in Rockport. Their work will be on display in the Matz Gallery through January 31, 2015.
My interest in photography began during college in the 70’s, when I was majoring in art and design. I was given a 35mm film camera as a gift, and began my exploration of the media. I had a darkroom for 15 years, and did freelance work for various magazines and publications. I worked mostly in black and white, utilizing the “Zone System”, which was formulated by Ansel Adams. Portraiture and landscapes were my main focus. While raising our two children, I barely used the camera except to document our family life and travels. With the advent of digital cameras, I took it up again, but again, mostly for travel and documentation. It wasn’t until two years ago, that I discovered the ability to “play around”with my images, using free software on my computer. I have since been merging my photographs with old, unfinished paintings of mine and our daughter’s. I go through my photo files and choose which images would work with either a painting or texture (which I photographed separately) or another photograph. It has been a real learning experience, and great fun to see the surprising results!
I am a self taught photographer and digital artist, working in the abstract space. My recent exhibitions on Cape Ann include:
“A Fine Line”, juried by Al Miner, presented at the Cultural Ceneter at Rocky Neck
“Serendipity”, a juried exhibition presented at the Rocky Neck Gallery
“Pixel Revolution”, an invitational exhibition presented by the Rocky Neck Art Colony at the Cultural Center
“Here and Now”, a juried eRocky Neck Art Colony show
“Art in the Barn”, a juried annual art sale event for the benefit of Essex County Greenbelt