Joint mother-daughter art show by Judy Onofrio and Jennifer Onofrio Fornes

Feb 26 2010 6:00 pm
Feb 26 2010 8:00 pm
St. Olaf College, Dittmann Center, Flaten Art Museum

A new art show by mother-daughter Rochester residents Judy Onofrio (sculpture) and Jennifer Onofrio Fornes (photography), called Arabesque, will open in the Flaten Art Museum at St. Olaf College in Northfield Friday, Feb. 26, during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The two artists will talk about their work Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. An exhibition catalog will be available.

Arabesque is the first joint show by the two artists, whose work changed as a result of Judy being diagnosed with cancer about two years ago. Jill Ewald, director of the Flaten, says that Judy's style has changed from fantastical and colorful to poignant, with little color. She now uses mostly bones and teeth, with some hand-carved fruit and other forms. Jennifer's figurative photographs have become more abstract, and she applies paint to the surface to create a more visceral art. "The culmination of their experiences and backgrounds, linked with such a life-altering situation, produced the work presented in this visceral, beautiful show," says Ewald.

At right is "Memory" by Judy Onofrio.