Skylight Views

Woodstock Times - January 14, 2010
Smart Art by Paul Smart

Maas Views

Westchester-based photographer Rita Maas has a deep love for Woodstock. She's learned much of her craft, and honed her subtle eye and feel for nature's quiet quirks, via workshops at the Center for Photography, which eventually awarded her a grant to further deepen her work. She also seems to have picked up something from the way we all deal with winter, drawing sustenance from its brittle beauty this time of year.

Now, Woodstock's playing even deeper in Maas' life as Bernard and Judi Gerson's Galerie BMG shows the artist's latest series of "Skylight Views," multiple images of the same view taken through a skylight in the artist's home.

Talk about the layers of understanding inherent in learning to see in small increments. What Maas has created are like Rothko's masterpieces, Pollack's swirls of pure paint and happenstance. They're about color and the majesty of natural composition, but also the real ways in which change occurs on seasonal, weekly, daily and even hourly and minute-by-minute spectrums.

"The images invite the viewer to look both at and through the glass surface, becoming aware of the passage of time through the changing seasons and light," is how the Gersons describe what they've chosen, perfectly once more, for their first show of the year...and a great way of getting beyond the seasonal blues. "Shown in sequences, primarily in triptych format, Rita's intent is for 'the images to create a visual language of fragmented moments, taking on temporal qualities of a slow quiet nature. The subject matter becomes the experience of seeing; common encounters in intimate and familiar places, explored moments where content and meaning become inseparable.'"

Times Herald Record - January 15, 2010
Arts - by Timothy Malcolm

Witness Changes Up Above

Never has a skylight looked so beautiful.

Galerie BMG - 12 Tannery Brook Road, Woodstock - will be displaying Rita Maas' "Skylight Views" starting Friday. An opening reception is slated for 5-7 p.m. Saturday.

Maas' conceptualization for "Skyline Views" is simple: Photograph what she sees staring up at the skylight in her home. With a large collection of photographs, the viewer will witness the passing of time, the changing of seasons, the life and death of nature, ongoing and cyclical.

Maas - a 1981 graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York - studied painting at the University of Hartford. Her photographs have been featured in magazines, advertising campaigns and museums.

The exhibit will be open until Feb. 22. Winter gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Friday and Monday, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with hours available by appointment. For more information, call 679-0027.