The Mansfield Art Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Elizabeth T. Black Gallery


Gary Spinosa – Sacred Forms: The Primordial Image

August 27 – October 8 | Opening Reception: Saturday, August 26 | 5-7PM

“The most important quality in a work of art does not come from the idea alone, but from the innate communicating power contained and emitted through the object itself. Being charged with emotion, there can exist within an object a radiating energy. This reflects man’s sacred capacity to merge spirit into matter and make seemingly intangible tangible…” – Gary Spinosa

Spinosa’s sculpture appears to arise from the void of consciousness that exists between dreaming, prayer, and deep spiritual reflection. While any of his work might seemingly be an artifact uncovered in an ancient tomb or shrine, it is clear that these shamanistic characters do not exist in any other place than Spinosa’s own manifestations. Meeting with solemn-set eyes, smooth forms, and a reserved tonal pallet; they are quietly resolute, and manifest divine energy. While they are inventions of his own mind, they are universal symbols that any viewer can connect with.

Sacred Forms: The Primordial Image will feature a collection of Spinosa’s work from small stones, to larger portals and icons.

TBA: A special showing of Gary Spinosa’s documentary film Divine Instinct.

Foundation Gallery


Nina Vivian Huryn – Skeleton Rodeo

August 27 – October 8 | Opening Reception: Saturday, August 26 | 5-7PM

Nina Vivian Huryn’s work tells playful stories of the afterlife. Her cast of mischievous skeleton characters, unencumbered by mortality, seeks adventure and amusement which ultimately leads them to fall victim to their own miscalculations. Swirling carnivals, rodeos, factories, garages, and other present-day American scenes set the stage for the skeletons to poke fun at the inevitable.

“The technique of leather painting/tooling that I have developed through the years draws the viewer in to examine the illustration, rarely realizing that the substrate is leather. The technique and the incorporated objects take a back seat to the story.”     – Nina Vivian Huryn

Mission Statement:

“Enriching the lives of all children, families and adults through the arts with gallery exhibitions, art education, artist workshops, and related activities.”

Mansfield Art Center | 700 Marion Ave. Mansfield, OH 44906 | 419.756.1700

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11-5
Wednesday: 11-5
Thursday: 11-5
Friday: 11-5
Saturday: 10-4


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