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Release date: January 25, 2012

In COSMIC MANIFESTO, a new art exhibit at Goucher College, painter Lynn Rybicki uses bright, clear colors to awaken and guide the spirit toward bliss, and abstract images to convey the more cosmic side of life.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs in the Rosenberg Gallery on Goucher's campus from Tuesday, January 24, through Sunday, March 4. The art can be viewed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An artists' reception will be held Friday, March 2, 6-8 p.m. Call 410-337-6477 or visit www.goucher.edu/rosenberg for more information.

For the exhibit, Rybicki often began her paintings with bold gestures and broad strokes of acrylic paint applied in washes. These faded and bled into others, dripping down the canvas. When the washes dried, shapes and tones revealed themselves, suggesting directions for the piece. Rybicki responded to the evocations, while avoiding objects and narratives of everyday life and instead focusing on abstracted landscapes and natural forms.

In COSMIC MANIFESTO, Rybicki hopes to persuade viewers to think about depth and consider what may lie beneath the surface of life. Rybicki, a Baltimore resident, was born just outside Chicago. She studied painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art and is a graduate of Towson University for music education. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout the region and beyond.