Sponsored by the Friends of Polish Art
The Galeria was in the spotlight on Saturday, September 15th and it was ready for the challenge. The afternoon proved to be a brilliant one for our senses and our souls. We assembled to enjoy the creativity of Polish and Polish American artists, withDennis Orlowski’s solo art exhibit on display and a chamber concert ofmusic written by Polish composers.
Dennis Orlowski’s large scale mural on canvas of Our Lady of Czestochowa became the focal point of his exhibit and the concert. This stunning mural was the first image seen upon entering the Galeria, and was commissioned 25 years ago for Pope John Paul II’s visit to Hamtramck on September 19, 1987. It served as the back drop for the pavilion from which the Pope addressed the crowds. The exhibit is a grouping of Dennis’ many large scale mural projects and smaller, more intimate paintings of still life and portrait themes. He is the juror for the 27th Annual Friends of Polish Art Fine Arts Competition and will share the Opening Reception with the competition artists on Sunday, October 7, 2012. On the following Sunday, October 14, 2012 he will present a Gallery Talk comparing and contrasting his two bodies of work – the murals and the small scale paintings.
The concert was as brilliant as the afternoon. The musicians’ artistry shined through and raised the bar for future musical performances to be held in the Galeria. Brian Bowman introduced most of the pieces with comments about the composers, how the times in which they lived influenced their compositions, and how a string trio could be performed by violin, cello and clarinet! The highlights include Stanisłlaw Moniuszko’s Szumia Jodły(Joseph Greenbaum, violin / Curtis Posuniak, piano), Frederic Chopin’s Barcarolle op.6(Robert Conway, piano), Krzysztof Penderecki’s Prelude (Brian Bowman, clarinet) and Witold Lutoslawski’s Preludia Taneczne (Brian Bowman, clarinet / Robert Conway, piano) and Grażyna Bacewicz’s String Trio (Brian Bowman, clarinet / Nadine Deleury, cello / Velda Kelly, violin). And what better way to end the musical program, than with a lively Polka Mazurka (Joseph Greenbaum, violin / Curtis Posuniak, piano)!
A warm thank you is extended to the Polish Village Restaurant in Hamtramck and Sweetheart Bakery in Warren who provided the traditional Polish food and pastries through their most generous donations and to all who donated items for the silent auction.
Dziękuje ~ Thank You
Director of the Galeria