The Page Bond Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Cindy Neuschwander and Robin Braun. Neuschwander, continuing her exploration into the depth of the “two-dimensional surface”, reveals new works on paper. Combining an additive and subtractive process with the application of multiple mediums, each surface develops to reveal instinctive marks and heavily weighted colors. Braun, known for her airy oceanscapes of the Caribbean and Atlantic coasts acts as an interpreter and catalogs our relationship to the natural world during an era of raised environmental concern. These works by Robin Braun and Cindy Neuschwander will be on view at the Page Bond Gallery, 1625 West Main Street, with an opening reception honoring the artists, Friday, October 3, 2008 from 7 to 9 PM. The exhibition will be on view at the gallery from Wednesday October 1 through Saturday November 1.

Cindy Neuschwander’s continual back and forth layering and scraping away at her work results in a painting that manifests, “ a routine physical labor and decisions about surface.” Left behind is a recorded timeline of this process and the “soul” of the painting created and revealed by her selections of what will remain and what will inevitable get discarded. By placing such heavy emphasis on the process undertaken during the creation of each painting, Neuschwander’s allows her intuition to direct the final outcome of her work.
In 1981 Cindy Neuschwander received her BFA from the University of Texas and in 1987 her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. In the years since, she has become well know among Richmond’s local art scene. Exhibitions include 1708 Gallery, Planet Zero, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, among others. Her work has been shown nationally and is included in numerous museum, corporate, and private collections including the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, Markel Corporation in Glen Allen, VA, and Phillip Morris Corporation, Richmond, VA.

Giving homage to the power and beauty of the sea, Robin Braun utilizes the process of observing and painting nature to bring her one step closer to the pulse of the universe. Often focusing on an individual painting for an extended period of time, Braun takes the opportunity to capture a sense of fluidity in her paintings. She extracts a personality from the scene being rendered, making each small portrait encompass a sense of grand scale and enormous power.

Robin Braun received her BA in Liberal Arts from St. Johns College in Santa Fe, NM and in 1997 completed her MFA in painting from the University of Iowa. Braun has exhibited work extensively throughout the east coast including 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA, Soho Myriad, Atlanta, GA, and Gallery Saint Martin, Philadelphia, PA. Additionally, her work can be found in several of Virginia’s largest art collections. Among them, Capital One Financial Corporation, Richmond, VA, The University of Virginia Cancer Center, Charlottesville, VA, and Martha Jefferson Hospital Charlottesville, VA.

The Page Bond Gallery, located at 1625 West Main Street, exhibits contemporary art in a wide variety of media and disciplines including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and ceramics. The gallery acts as a showcase for the work of emerging as well as established artists with local, national and international reputations. Work by Cindy Neuschwander and Robin Braun opens at the Page Bond Gallery with an opening reception for the artists on Friday, October 3 from 7 to 9 PM and will be on view through November 1, 2008.