press release march 2012

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CSMA's Mohr Gallery Presents POWER: DRAWINGS & PRINTS by Fanny Retsek

April 13 - June 10, 2012 - Reception, Friday April 20, 6-8pm

The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) at Finn Center in Mountain View presents POWER: DRAWINGS AND PRINTS by FANNY RETSEK. The exhibition will be in CSMA’s Mohr Gallery from April 13 - June  10, with an opening reception and artist talk on Friday, April 20, 6-8 pm.

The exhibition follows the tradition of printmaking as a tool for social justice and the dissemination of ideas, and will focus on Retsek's “awe and love for our vast, beautiful and interconnected world.”  Her work begins with a number she hears or reads in the news, which she draws with a sequence of repetitive tally marks, contextualized by drawings of animals, objects and people. “In making and counting the marks, I get more of a sense of how big or small a number is and so gain a deeper understanding of the real impact of this quantification,” says Retsek. In describing her work, Restek notes that the works of Felix Gonzales-Torres, Josepth Beuys and Kiki Smith have been influential.

Retsek received her MFA, with an emphasis on printmaking, from San Jose State University.  Her work has been widely exhibited throughout the Bay Area and she is the recipient of numerous honors and awards.

Founded in 1968, Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) is Northern California’s largest non-profit provider of arts education programs and, with a $4.7 million budget and 160-member staff and faculty, it is one of the ten largest community schools of its kind in the U.S. Located in one of the global capitals of innovation, CSMA is dedicated to instilling, training and nurturing creativity for all stages of life, regardless of skills, background or financial means. Annually, CSMA directly serves over 42,000 people, including 10,660 students in more than 600 classrooms at 35 schools from San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.  CSMA also presents dozens of concerts, lectures and exhibitions that are free of charge to the community. 

CSMA’s Mohr Gallery is located at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View, and is open Mon-Fri, 9 am-7 pm and Sat, 9 am-3 pm. The Friday, April 20 exhibition opening reception and artist talk with Fanny Retsek (6-8 pm) is free and open to the public. Info: see or call 650-917-6800, ext. 306.