Oceans Connect Us: Exhibition of Works by Father & Daughter, Fran and Cynthia Roberts

Exhibiting in the Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery

October 12 - October 27

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The Art League of Long Island is pleased to offer this special exhibit of the creative work by long-standing Art League of Long Island member FRAN ROBERTS and artist daughter CYNTHIA ROBERTS. This show is a unique opportunity to explore a lifelong conversation of creativity between father and daughter. As over 70 percent of the earth is covered with ocean water, the title Oceans Connect Us refers to both Roberts’ love of the sea, and the varied life paths that connect them at different markers.

Fran Roberts has blended his prominent career as progressive educator, LI school leader, and president of the Bank Street College of Education with a parallel career in the arts. Beginning as a teen with marine photography in his ocean-side home town of Marblehead, Massachusetts, Harvard-educated Roberts has quietly continued to study art, including 12 years with Stan Brodsky, paint, and make wood sculpture. Fran enriched his studio practice with 25 years as a Trustee of the Heckscher Museum. In this exhibit one views works from the 1960s to the present.

Cynthia Roberts’ work utilizes layers of lush colors at times with exacting drawings of botanical forms, map elements, and in some cases buried words and phrases. She is interested in the relationship between hyperlocal experiences and pleasure in the planet’s natural riches. Her paintings are a celebration of wonder, while observing and embedding careful detail. Also included in this exhibition is work created when she was an artist-in-residence in the city of Le Havre, France, as a Laureate of the Regards//Croises grant sponsored by the Institut Francais. She has a BA in English literature from Brown University where she also studied painting, and an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute. Currently Roberts is a full professor of Studio Art at Endicott College in Massachusetts. Cynthia was born on Long Island and graduated from Cold Spring Harbor High School.

An additional live component will be a 10-minute visual/dance performance created by Cynthia Roberts and dance professor and choreographer Nikki Sao Pedro-Welch. This work is a site-specific excerpt from their full-scale production Armations Anthropocene, which explores global change and the anthropogenic epoch, and is adapted specifically for the Jeanie Tengelson Gallery.

The exhibition will run from October 12-27th, with a reception on Sunday, October 20th from 3:30-5:30. The 10-minute dance performance will be at 4pm. The public is welcome.