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New exhibition on view at Carnegie Art Center

NORTH TONAWANDA – Janus is the two-headed ancient Roman god of beginnings and transitions, as well as the namesake of January, where we look both to our past and our beginning of a new year.

So it is apt that as January closes, the Carnegie Art Center has begun a new exhibition and its 2016 season with, “Facing Janus,” in which two artists look back and forward in their art.

“Facing Janus” features the work of artist Vena DiBernardo and sculptor Robert Then. An opening reception was held Thursday and the exhibition continues through Feb. 20 at the Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St. An artists’ talk will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 6.

DiBernardo translates ancient and historical references into modern landscapes. His work both dissects and pays homage to what we know, while also forcing us to closely examine how we perceive those surroundings.

Three-dimensional artist Robert Then scours fields, highways and landfills for pieces of “former wholes,” discarded metals that once served a former role. His work makes fresh constructs with new purpose, sometimes without a hint of their origin, oftentimes with whimsy and the reminder that something came before.

The Carnegie Art Center itself fits well as an exhibition space for “Facing Janus.” Built in 1904 as the City of North Tonawanda’s public library and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it has operated since 1976 as a not-for-profit corporation offering a mix of community art exhibitions, art and dance classes, as well as support to artists and art organizations.

Support for this exhibition is made possible in part by the City of North Tonawanda and members of the center.

The center is open from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. More information is online at or on Facebook.