Dual show opens Saturday at RAG

Roxbury —Two photographers look at the world through very different lenses in a new exhibit opening at The Roxbury Arts Group’s Old Bank Gallery on Saturday, July 31. Helane Levine-Keating’s “Medusae of the Sea” are luminous color photographs of various jellies, also know as medusae, and sea anemones taken at the Monterey Aquarium, Monterey, Calif., the Boston Aquarium, Boston, Mass., and the Coney Island Aquarium, Brooklyn from 2007-2010. Sharing the gallery space will be “Cells,” by Daniel S. Friend, high magnification black and white photographs of cells and organelles taken through a transmission electron microscope.
Opening the same day, in the Walt Meade Gallery of The Roxbury Arts Center will be works by two painters, Donna Maria Ramirez, exhibiting new paintings, and Terry Fox is showing abstract intimate works on paper derived from his larger canvases. Both shows will run through August 27. There will be an opening day reception for both galleries on July 31 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Helane Levine-Keating has been practicing photography since the 1970s. She worked as the photographer for the New Kingston Valley Association from 1990-2000. A member of The Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, Helane Levine-Keating has been in solo and group shows there and at The Roxbury Arts Group.
Daniel S. Friend received his MD degree in 1961, and later did two years of postdoctoral fellowship in the Anatomy Department at Harvard Medical School and then two more years of fellowship under the guidance of the famous cell biologist Marilyn G. Farquhar. It was during these four years that he mastered the science and art of electron microscopy. He says, “Inner space is as wondrous as outer space, intricate and captivating.” Friend makes his home in Andes, where he paints landscapes, farm scenes and portraits.
Donna Maria Ramirez attended the School of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, as a fine art major.
In 1974, she began a career in book design, most notably with Oxford University Press, where she was the Senior Book Designer in Medicine. Recently, she designed the entire series for a new mystery book imprint, Felony and Mayhem.  She also has illustrated children’s books and designed bookbindings and covers.
Ramirez’ work is in the collection of El Museo Del Barrio, NYC.  Her paintings have been shown at the Barbara Gibson Gallery in Nyack.  Her work has also appeared on book and magazine covers.
Terry Fox is a self-taught artist born in New Jersey. His interest in art started at an early age and has progressed and evolved over the years from early black and white line drawings through to large oil and acrylic expressionistic works on canvas. Besides working on his own art over the years he has also done freelance cartoons and commercial art including local Oneonta signage.