ALUMNI ART FEATURED IN HAVERFORD'S CANTOR FITZGERALD GALLERY THIS SUMMER
Works by Marlene Bronstein Dubin (Bryn Mawr College Class of 1962), Robert Feinland (Haverford College Class of 1967), and Scott Peltzer (Haverford Class of 1982) will be the focus of the annual alumni exhibit at Haverford’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, June 1-Sept.16.
Marlene Bronstein Dubin describes her exhibit, titled “Life’s Layers,” as “my visual diary over the past decade, a time of transition—the death of my parents, births of my grandchildren, loss of beloved friends and gain of new ones through my passions of painting, planting and paddling. With time’s passage, I’ve become more reflective and appreciative. I see and feel more intensely than I did when I was younger and took life for granted.”
Her recent work varies in technique and mood: “Moving away from my comfort zone, I’m experimenting with different media and applications, and more interested in showing the process of creating—the scribbles, marks, underpaint and layers.” There will be several series and groupings of her work, titled “Seasons,” “Loss and Gains,” “Bridges,” “Arizona,” and “Vessels and Transitions.”
After graduating from Bryn Mawr with a degree in economics, Dubin went on to study at the Barnes Foundation (where she later taught), Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science (now Philadelphia University), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Main Line Art Center. For nine years she worked at the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, first as an interior design and facilities planner, then as the art gallery curator and director. She was also a public relations and marketing consultant at Philadelphia’s Presbyterian Medical Center and for a variety of corporate, nonprofit and professional organizations. Dubin was co-director of Philadelphia’s first City-Wide Arts Festival for Children. She serves on the boards of the Wistar Institute and the National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) Society, of which she is a founding member, and was previously a member of the COLLAB Board of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for 20th Century Design. She has had group and solo exhibitions of her work and has been juried into (and won prizes in) many prestigious regional shows, including a painting selected from among a thousand entries for Art of Pennsylvania, which hung in the State Museum in Harrisburg. Her work is in private collections in Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Robert Feinland’s paintings, mostly oil on linen, follow themes of urban change. Three works are from his most recent series of paintings depicting the over-development of Manhattan; others show neighborhoods, especially in the Lower East Side, in the process of transition and change. “All of these works are plein-air cityscapes, and show the city from the ground up in an atmospheric and un-idealized manner,” he says. Two more paintings represent a dyptic night scene in Houston.
Feinland studied painting at the Brooklyn Museum Art School and the Art Students’ League and received his M.F.A. from Brooklyn College. He has taught at the Educational Alliance and the New York Academy, and created an art workshop for teenagers at the DOOR: Center of Alternatives. He has participated in one-person shows at the Roerich Museum, Educational Alliance and Civic Center Synagogue, in three-person shows at the Vorpal Gallery, P.S. 122 Gallery and Manhattanville College, and in group shows at Provincetown Art Museum, A.M. Adler Fine Arts and the Lupine Gallery on Monhegan Island. He has curated cityscape shows throughout New York City, the last being the first post-9/11 art show in the area around Ground Zero. His paintings have been reproduced by the New York Times, the Forward, the Villager, Jewish Week and the Daily News.
Furniture maker, designer and professional woodworker Scott Peltzer will be showing five benches of various lengths; one is 12 feet long. All will be for sale. Peltzer received an M.F.A. from SUNY Purchase, and is a part-time faculty member in the Product Design Department at Parsons the New School for Design. He is the co-founder and executive director of Brooklyn Woods, a not-for-profit workforce development organization that trains and places woodworkers in New York City and manufactures a line of sustainable kitchen cabinets.
Located in Whitehead Campus Center, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery will be open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. during the summer, and in September 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 5-8 p.m. Wednesday evenings, and 12-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A Gallery Talk will be held in September. For more information, call (610) 896-1287 or visit www.cantorfitzgeraldgallery.org.