Many months ago, I was listening to NPR, while getting ready for work. They ran a story about a Mariachi Summer Camp, in Santa Rosa, CA. You can listen to the full the story here. I enjoyed the story thinking it was a really great idea for a summer camp. Fast forward to present and me dealing with my storage space. The rent kept going up, up, up, which finally forced me to deal with editing down all the stuff which I had been ignoring, happily in denial. Enough was enough and in the grim prospect of cleaning the unit out, I saw that I had not one, but two guitars sitting unused for well over 20 years. Remembering the program about the Mariachi Summer camp, at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, I gave them a call to inquire about donation. Naturally they were interested in taking the guitars, and I am super pleased that they will be put to good use and get into the hands of kids learning to play Mariachi!
Hannah Rosenberg has always had a love of working with her hands. She studied apparel design at Drexel University, and worked for ten years in New York City designing and developing women’s clothing. She pursued her artwork in her small New York apartment creating, notably, a series of miniature chair sculptures. Later her career took her to California where she worked as both an apparel designer and product designer while also pursuing her artwork. She transitioned to two dimensional pieces, working in colored pencil, watercolor and eventually mixed media collage. Her later works in collage nodded back to her apparel design roots with the use of thread, stitching and fabrics mixed with recycled papers and paint. Through experimentation, her work became rich with texture, color and depth, using collage in her own unique way-in more of a painterly fashion. After several years in California, she pursued work in metal sculpture again, picking up where she left off fifteen years prior, as she began to interweave metal sculpture in between her other two dimensional works. Working in metal again allowed her the ability to experiment with materials in a new way, using what was readily at hand and mixing disparate materials together in her own signature style.