Farnaz Mobayyen, Amy Ryan, Ewa Romaszewicz and Ruth Clegg
August 4th - September 3rd
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 18th 5-9pm

At GALLERY Z: Farnaz Mobayyen, Amy Ryan, Ewa Romaszewicz and Ruth Clegg, Thursday, August 4 through Saturday, Sept. 3rd, 2016. Opening Reception Thursday, August 18, 5-9PM.

Farnaz Mobayyen has been drawing since she was encouraged as a very young child. In her words, "I have always been passionate about the arts. This deep passion in me manifests itself into love for painting. Painting is like breathing air to me, without it, I don't feel alive. With paint, I can free my creative energy onto the canvas. When I look at colors, lines and shapes that I create, I see a portrait of my soul. Each active brush stroke shows a corner of the world inside me, the world that is energetic, bold and passionate."

Farnaz refers to herself as a spontaneous painter who usually paints from her imagination, but sometimes utilizes her surroundings, rendering her observations in an abstract style. "I like to capture the soul and the spirit of the world outside and inside me." Farnaz has a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Amy Ryan paints lush evocative landscapes, beckoning one along pathways into her landscapes as she captures nature's luminous light reflected on sky and water, trees and hills. A lifelong artist who began drawing as a child, over the years she has experimented with various drawing materials before settling on her favorite medium, painting in oils. Born in New Haven in 1962, Amy attended the Paier College of Art there. She has studied with other local artists as well as in France with sculptor Christian Champagne, and is a member of the Providence Art Club. Amy lives in Rhode Island, painting and drawing,

Ewa Romaszewicz, painter of natural and urban landscapes and portraits, was born in Bialystok, Poland in 1977, and has lived in the United States since age six. She earned both a BA in Visual Art and a BS in Biochemistry at Brown University, and an MFA in painting at Indiana University, where she taught both Color Theory and Design and chemistry. She has received several academic awards, including a Fulbright grant, which allowed her to pursue her painting in Switzerland. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including in, Massachusetts, Connecticut Rhode Island, Poland and Switzerland, where her work was reviewed in 2004 on the front page of the culture section of Le Nowelliste, the primary newspaper of Switzerland's Valais region. She is fluent in Polish, French and English.

Ewa teaches in the Art Departments both at the University of Rhode Island and at the Community College of Rhode Island, along with giving painting workshops at Hope Gallery in Bristol, RI. She has also taught Two-Dimensional Design in the Continuing Education department at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Ewa's work is featured on the homepage of the Jacqueline Kimberly jewelry website, and has been used in images in the 2009 Jacqueline Kimberly Jewelry Look Book (http://www.jacquelinekimberly.com). Her paintings are in the collections of the Providence Marriott as well as United Natural Foods Incorporated.

Ruth Clegg, an award-winning artist and photographer with over 30 years of experience, works in many mediums besides photography, having had her works displayed nationally and internationally. Following extensive travel, in 1985 Ruth founded Angell Photography, specializing in children's and family portraiture and elegant events. In 2001, she expanded her studio, incorporating an art gallery exhibiting paintings, drawings, prints and photographs. Brilliantly sharp close-ups of nature in its glory, and beautifully toned scenes of RI and its landmarks are among her instantly captivating works.

Ruth received her BFA from University of Rhode Island in 1977. She is a member of the Professional Photographers Association of Rhode Island, New England and America, and of the Providence Art Club, and teaches Digital Photography at Rocky Hill School in East Greenwich, RI. Ruth is married to Bill Clegg and has two sons, Alexander and Garrett.