Born in Brooklyn to immigrant parents, Rosalind Brenner fondly remembers playing with an endless medley of baubles and beads her milliner dad brought home from work. Brenner speaks fondly of the exquisite fashions her father created for his clients, and his own passion for painting in his spare time. She credits her mother for creating a beautiful home, where the inspiration for art and creativity was further ignited. A literary family further inspired Brenner's interest in writing and the seeds for own prolific career of creating through both art and poetry were sown.
Brenner started writing for the school newspaper as early as high school. She majored in English and Comparative Literature at Queens College where she graduated young through having been placed during her early school years into accelerated courses. During college, Brenner married and raised two sons. When her children were young, Brenner discovered yet another creative pursuit, as an actor in community theater.
Artist and poet Rosalind Brenner
Brenner spent several years with her family in Western Europe, where her husband was stationed with the Army. Here she discovered her passion for painting and enjoyed extensive travels incorporating many of the images she saw through her art and writing.
Returning home, Brenner took up teaching after she and her husband divorced. Though she loved her students, she felt stifled by the NYC educational system in a job that kept her indoors and further distanced her from her art.
Rosalind left teaching and enrolled in an intensive stained glass workshop at the Brooklyn Museum. She immediately took to the stained glass art form, opening a shop in Douglaston, NY, teaching the art, taking more classes and apprenticing at Greenland Studio in the early 1970's. Here she met Benoit Gilsoul, a well-known Belgian artist, who became her friend and mentor, helping her to grow her business in its early stages.
It was during this time, Brenner also met fellow artist and accomplished photographer, Michael Cardacino. The two artists collaborated on many projects together, and Michael helped Rosalind grow the stained glass business, joining forces as both her business partner and husband.
As President and Owner of Manor Art Glass Studio (www.manorartglass.com
), Rosalind's unique designs and master craftsmanship have won her continuous commissions, including new work and restorations in ecclesiastic settings, homes and department stores throughout the country. Her glass is in landmark buildings in NYC such as The Chrysler Building, as well as The New School, Nordstroms, Neiman Marcus as well as in many private collections including that of the Gund Family. Alec Baldwin
and Jayne and Marci Klein own her paintings as do many other collectors of fine art.
"Woman on the Edge" by Rosalind Brenner, acrylic on canvas, 48" 60"
Through it all, Brenner adds "I have always been writing, in one form or another... keeping journals, writing stories, making notes in books or on art works... I have volumes of notes, poetry and journals accumulated everywhere!"
Brenner has been coming to the Hamptons since the early 1970's, first as a weekender, staying in a group house. When she introduced the Hamptons to Cardacino, he too, fell in love with the area, and for many years the couple rented a cabin at Salter's Cottages in the Springs section of East Hampton. Soon after 9/11 they made the commitment to plant their roots here, having purchased a parcel of land in 2000 in Springs, the area of the Hamptons they came to love. Here they collaborated on yet another creative project, the design and construction of their beautiful home, which was originally created to accommodate Brenner's mother and aging aunt. Brenner's mother and aunt passed away before the project was complete and she and Michael have since transformed the home into a bed and breakfast. (www.easthampton-arthouse-bedandbreakfast.com
In addition to their continued collaboration in the Stained Glass Art business, both Michael and Rosalind have their own art studios here. Seven years ago Rosalind went back to school, first at Southampton College and then on to Sarah Lawrence College, where she earned her MFA in Poetry.
Rosalind Brenner continues to be a powerhouse of creativity in art and poetry, painting pictures, assembling collages and creating books, exhibitions and readings, sending her own subtle personal and social messages out into the world through both. She is the published author of "All That's Left, Poems and Paintings," published by Art House Press and "Omega's Garden," soon to be released by Finishing Line Press.
"Myanmar" by Rosalind Brenner, inspired by the pagodas, Buddhas and colors of Myanmar. Acrylic and oil pastel, 72" x 48"
Rosalind's art pushes painting into the realm of the contemporary by blending her own re-purposed art work and materials and experimenting with techniques to explore concepts and ideas. The work is a fusion of the observed and the imaginative. She enjoys painting inner landscapes, which range from luminous and evocative abstraction to forms from nature, women, calligraphy, figures, creatures and music. Her stained glass background is evident in her use of color, line and shape.
About her book, "All That's Left," Pulitzer Prize winning author Stephen Dunn writes, "In this compelling and beautiful book, Rosalind Brenner demonstrates through her poems and paintings that the "all' of ALL That's Left is considerable, while acknowledging the difficulty and fragility of the world she inhabits."
Brenner recently had a solo exhibition of her paintings and poems entitled Possibilities/Energy Paintings, Images and Poetry by Rosalind Brenner at the Esther Raushenbush Library Gallery of Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. Her art will be represented in a show entitled For the Love of Art at Ashawagh Hall in East Hampton, NY, opening Saturday, June 16th from 6-8pm.
Additionally, Rosalind will be reading from her poetry books at East Hampton Library on June 23 from 1-2pm and at Bookhampton in Sag Harbor on June 24 from 4-5pm.
In an occasion commemorating the 56th Anniversary of Jackson Pollock's death, Brenner will be one of a group of noted poets who will read poems inspired by the artist and his world. Brenner organized the event entitled Poems for Pollock, which will be held at the Pollock-Krasner House (sb.cc.stonybrook.edu/pkhouse/
) in East Hampton, NY from 5:30-8pm on Saturday, August 11, 2012.