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Meet the artist—Sarah Brayer to appear at the Castellani on Sunday

Nancy J. Parisi

This exhibition has been on view for a few weeks, but here's the first opportunity to meet the artist who made these unusual handmade paper-based artworks. Take a scenic drive up to the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University Sunday; the reception takes place between 2 and 4 p.m., and includes an artist talk.


Born in Rochester, Sarah Brayer has been living and working in Echizen, Japan since the 1980s. Her large-scale works use paper pulp that is poured and shaped. The resulting imagery features abstracted landscapes, oceans, and celestial scenes.


Lately, Brayer has incorporated photoluminescent pigments that glow in fading light. In the exhibition, one gallery, the "daylight" gallery, introduces Brayer’s personal style and its relationship to Japanese aesthetic and technical traditions, while the other—the "night" gallery—is a meditative space enhanced by music and lighting that transitions slowly from bright to dark. As the light fades and rises again, luminous pigments within the artworks create dramatic changes in the artworks on view.


Between Two Worlds: Poured Paperworks by Sarah Brayer, is on view through December 21, at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University. Look for more coverage in Spree's December issue.

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