The Brentwood Arts Exchange Presents Front Window Featured Artist Karyne Messina

By Editorial Team on September 17, 2012
Pelagic Play.Glass and Metal.20in x 20in x 44in. 2012. Photo Courtesy Brentwood Arts Exchange.


Opening Reception: Saturday, September 22 from 5pm to 8pm

September 10 – November 17, 2012


The Brentwood Arts Exchange presents the artwork of local glass artist and sculptor Karyne Messina as the Front Window Featured Artist from September 10 – November 17, 2012. Karyne’s blown glass and metal sculptures, which resemble a vivid array of whimsical floating sea creatures, ships and dancing figures, fill the gallery’s windows, calling to visitors across the street- bridging the art in the craft store with the art featured in the gallery.

Karyne’s work, delicate-yet playful, comes from her belief as a psychologist and psychoanalyst, that individuals are the sum of their experiences, a theme she tries to incorporate into her work as an artist. She views her work as a reflection of her childhood encounters with the sea as well as the many other observations she’s made throughout her life. Her affinity for the full, circular and swirling shapes of the sea and aquatic life, as well as the magnificence of their colors, grow out of those memories and experiences. As she works, she approaches glassblowing as a dance between two people; a tango wherein artworks evolve as the artist and assistant work with each unique gather. New possibilities for forms arise as the dancers respect and control the properties of hot glass. In this way, Karyne blends together images and experiences from throughout her life into sculptural form in glass and metal: ever-evolving like the sea, and very much about what it’s like to be human.

About Karyne Messina
Karyne Messina works in glass and metal. Formally trained psychologist and psychoanalyst, Karyne received her B.A. from Florida Atlantic University her M.A and ED.D from George Washington University and Psychoanalytic training from Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. She currently studies under David D’Orio at DC Glassworks, a public access glassblowing and educational facility. She has exhibited at DC Glassworks in Edmonton, MD; Regan National Airport in Washington, DC; Waldorf Astoria in New York, NY; Artomatic in Crystal City, VA; and the Lustine Gallery in Hyattsville, MD.

About Brentwood Arts Exchange
The Brentwood Arts Exchange is the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s component of the Gateway Arts Center, a public-private partnership that serves as an anchor for Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District. Dedicated to presenting and promoting the visual arts, the Brentwood Arts Exchange features a contemporary art gallery displaying diverse exhibitions, a Craft Store promoting local artisans, and a dynamic arts classroom/workshop. Since opening in March, 2010, the gallery has presented 16 exhibitions featuring regionally and nationally prominent artists, as well as university and high school students, and has welcomed over 13,000 visitors. It is a place for people of all ages to meet, engage and learn about art, purchase hand made crafts, and explore new creative talents.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange is located in the Gateway Arts Center at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD Visit them online at or phone the gallery at 301-699-2255
Brentwood Arts Exchange Gallery Hours are as follows:

  • 10am – 7pm Monday – Friday
  • 10am – 4pm Saturday
  • Closed Sunday