True Colors

The Artists:
July, 2013

True Colors

featuring: Charlie Katzenbach and Alla Podolsky
This show runs from July 4, 2013 until August 4, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 6, 2013, 5-9pm


The Antiquarian Word
by Alla Podolsky


"Artists are storytellers. And colors are our words. And all I can hope for as an artist is that my words speak to people the same way they speak to me when I paint."

Those are the words of painter Alla Podolsky. She and fellow artist Charlie Katzenbach, both of the Artists' Gallery in Lambertville, NJ, have more than a few stories to share. Many will be on display in "True Colors," Katzenbach's and Podolsky's joint show running Thursday, July 4, through Sunday, August 4.

An opening reception will be held Saturday, July 6, from 5 pm to 9 pm. The artists' will also host a closing reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on August 4. All are welcome.

Equal Rainbow
by Charlie Katzenbach


True to Their Colors

"Color is a universal thing," says Podolsky. "At the same time, it's incredibly personal. We have such visceral reactions to colors. We love some, we hate others. To an artist, color is a language. It's how we communicate. It's how we compose. It's how we translate. It's what connects all artists, no matter what the medium, or style, or form."

Katzenbach seems to chase the rainbow for this show. She paints boldly with the primary colors on glass planes in various geometric designs often reminiscent of Amish quilts.

"I've been painting the spectrum for some time," Katzenbach says. "I try to capture the brilliant colors that I see as the crystals in my studio window break the light into its components. There is an exuberant joy in the cascade of colors that make up the rainbow. It is also a cultural and political symbol celebrating unity despite diversity for both the civil right and GLBT movement. As a person affected by both this means much to me."

"I paint memories," says Podolsky, "moments plucked from experiences, and in my mind, they are all bathed in very specific colors. Not necessarily the colors I saw at the time, but rather the colors I felt. The colors of the moods and emotions I remember. If the moment was sad, I paint it in a cooler, more subdued pallet. If it was happy, the colors will be brighter. If it's a distinct memory, the colors are sharper. It's often not so much a deliberate choice but rather a natural, instinctive one."

The Trevor Project to Benefit

Katzenbach and Podolsky will donate a portion of the proceeds from sales of their work to The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.