Discover All Things Regional in Central PA’s art and culture scene. Join hosts Cary Burkett and Joe Ulrich as they make artistic discoveries throughout the midstate. From music and visual arts to theatre, museums, literature and more! Listen every Wednesday and Friday on witf 89.5 and 93.3 for features highlighting the best and brightest cultural happenings in the region.
Her name is Reina Aguilar Wooden, but she signs her artwork Reina-76-Artist, like a user-name on an online forum. Her artwork is abstract, raw and emotional, reminiscent of the energy found in works by graffiti-artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, who was one of her inspirations. Born in Harrrisburg to parents from Venezuela, Reina attended Howard University in Washington, DC and earned a BBA in Business Management. But she veered sharply out of the business world to pursue a growing interest in art.
Her exhibit, The Colony, is a series of 8 mixed-media paper pieces, each one representing a social group or “colony" within our society. The pieces are presented as if taken from the brochure of a real-estate agent, containing both a “welcome” to the colony and a series of questions to ponder about the lifestyle represented. She wants the works to challenge the viewer, as a political cry for justice but also she says, “a psychological cry to move on from some of the traditions we’ve been brought up in on how we should live.”
The exhibit will be on display in the Lowengard Atrium at the witf Public Media Center, available for viewing during normal business hours from February 13 through April 11. A reception with the artist will be held on March 7, from 5-7 pm. Click here to RSVP for the reception.
Then stay for a special preview screening of the new season of Call the Midwife. The series, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, tells colorful stories of midwifery and families in London’s East End. The third season takes viewers to 1959, the eve of the Swinging Sixties. The winds of change are sweeping through the country and the residents of Nonnatus House face some momentous changes of their own. Call the Midwife Season 3 premieres on witf TV on Sunday, March 30 at 8PM.
Below you can hear our interview with Reina-76-Artist:
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