Image Credit: Ryan Syrell – Desk at Night

Adventures Close to Home

An Exhibition of works by Ryan Syrell 
Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower First Floor and Mezzanine Galleries
On view from February 3 to July 25, 2018 
Opening Reception Saturday, February 10, 2018 

The works in Ryan Syrell’s "Adventures Close to Home" depict intimate domestic spaces and objects – paintings which grow out of running dialogues and exchanges, relationships, personal histories, and trajectories. They navigate bedrooms, kitchens, tables, desks, and dressers – seeking out, and celebrating a cluttered and cacophonous intimacy. They present keys, cups, plants, computers, paintings, pens, shadows, movements, and absences with equal significance. 

Syrell paints in a manner that articulates a sense of movement, interconnectivity, and slippage with regard to language and perception. These paintings inhabit the peripheral moment before sensation and language are reconciled in one another. Simultaneously joyful and anxious, manic and celebratory, these spaces can feel overwhelming or claustrophobic, but also by turns calm, ludic, and absurd. The artist employs a form of painting concerned with imbuing vitality into the mundane — seeking out, amplifying, and articulating beautiful moments without ignoring the pervasive anxiety of the time. 

Art of Lace

A collection of pieces by fashion designer Stacy Stube in the studio resident gallery (2nd Floor)
On view: Saturday, February 3-Saturday, July 28, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 10, 4:30-6:30pm

The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower presents "Art of Lace," a collection of pieces inspired by the Kebaya dress originating in Indonesia. The exhibition is on view Saturdays beginning February 3, 2018. A free opening reception takes place Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 4:30 to 6:30pm where guests have the opportunity to view the exhibition, meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments. 

It was on Bali, the island of Gods, that Stacy Stube’s true passion comes alive through fashion. Inspired by the colorful traditional dress, the Indonesian American went on to create the luxury fashion house of Elsa Fitzgerald. 

The technique for this fine dressmaking is a process where the fashion artist paints with lace when applying the floral lace motifs to dress form. The pieces are then individually hand sewn together to combine as one garment entirely as a patchwork of lace.

In "Art of Lace," fashion designer Stacy Stube combines the aesthetics of 1920's glamour with traditional Balinese bridal wear. Stacy has spent 17 years working in the fashion industry between the United States, Europe and Asia for brands such as Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Temperley London, Club Monaco and Hugo Boss. She is the founder of luxury fashion house of Elsa Fitzgerald.

The designer has returned to her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland to revive the garment industry through her work between the University of Baltimore Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the Maryland Historical Society - Costumes Archives. 




Elsa Fitzgerald Fashion Film - Tower Raven from Stacy Stube on Vimeo.