Local artist RJ Rosegarten's "Lost and Found" exhibit will be on display at The Warren Family Gallery Nov. 3 through Dec. 16.
Rosegarten creates his works in his Copake, NY studio, where he and his wife, author Doreen Rappaport, have lived for 18 years. He did not begin seriously exploring his artistic side until after a Manhattan advertising career followed by a long run as Mayor of Great Neck Plaza, NY. Self-taught, Rosegarten began with painting then became intrigued with the concept of "Lost and Found" creations. Around 2000, he went to an antique show and found unusual items: wooden patterns, which were used to make metal parts in the early 1900s. "I bought 20 of them – they were inexpensive – I didn't know what I would do with them. I washed them off. . . that's when I started."
Mixed media compositions invite visitors to explore every side of a piece of art, from shadow boxes layered with intricate details to 3D art made of jutting pieces and carefully placed objects, all made from things that Rosegarten has found or tracked down. "I have an ability to use things that have been tossed away and have them come back and serve another purpose. I'm not interested in what is sold in a dollar store but things that have age, patina, character," he explains.
An opening reception for the exhibit will be held Friday, Nov. 3, from 6-8 p.m. in The Warren Family Gallery.
Berkshire's art students will have an opportunity to learn more about Rosegarten's unique approach to artistic expression during a gallery talk with the artist. In addition, Rosegarten will be visiting an art class for a hands-on session in which students will create their own "junk drawer"–one of Rosegarten's signature pieces.