West End Gallery is excited to announce the opening of its new “Spotlight Exhibit.” The exhibit features new work by four regional artists working in a variety of mediums. This show allows these artists to showcase their talents in the “spotlight.”
Jennifer Fais, Cameron Mills, New York
“Making art is an expression of love. I have loved nature since my parents chose “Green” as my middle name. Rivers, wetlands, meadows, birds – they all stir my heart. Painting them is one way for me to connect to the natural world, so, it should be no surprise that I have painted many birds, waterscapes and bridge scenes. Canoeing is also a passion and I have painted a watercolor of many of the sixteen boat launch sites in Chemung and Steuben Counties.
I have a variety of subject matter for my watercolors, acrylics and drawings. Recent subjects include marsh birds – especially the Great Blue Heron. Using a loose, wash and splatter approach I paint watercolor and acrylics on a gessoed collage of papers which often results in exciting, unexpected edges and colors.
My work tends to be representational and I also enjoy painting the constructed landscape in and around Corning, NY, my home for about thirty years. The Little Joe Tower and the Centerway Bridge are favorite subjects of mine. I also paint house portraits delighting in the architectural detail that endears the home to its owner as well.”
Christina Johnson, Corning, New York.
In her artist’s statement, Christina says “I’m drawn to still-life paintings of food and flowers, and the narrative qualities I can develop within those compositions. Memories and experiences surrounding the connection of food and family, trips to open air markets, and the experimentation with new recipes have become a gateway to furthering my exploration and discovery of the properties of paint, color, light and texture. Working at an intimate scale has become a vehicle to establishing a system of consistent, meaningful self-critique and to create an intermingling of memory and new experiences.”
Amy Hutto, Bath, New York
“I am a lover of color… all colors. When my daughter was younger she would always ask me what my favorite color was and I could never give her an answer, because, they’re all my favorites. It’s just a matter of which ones are my favorites in the moment that I’m creating. I think this comes across in my work as spontaneity, which I like. The other thing I try to do is create a lot of texture in my work, no matter the subject. To me, the textures create interest and depth in the layers. I can see other colors peeking out from under a scribble, or my palette knife sweeps across and lifts or deposits colors along the way. In that way, color and texture are intertwined in my work. For me, it’s difficult to have one without the other.”
Judy Soprano of Livonia, New York
Judy has been with the Gallery for more than 25 years and is well-known for her watercolors of winter landscapes and rural scenes. Her years of experience show in her paintings as the paint seems to seamlessly and flawlessly fall off the end of her paintbrush. She is also accomplished at painting in oils and will have a number of oil paintings as well as watercolors on exhibit. Life in the Finger Lakes magazine published an article about Judy and her work titled “Painting with Passion and Purpose” which may be seen in the May/June 2019 issue.
In her artist’s statement, she says “I opened the door to my creativity and found my soul”. I grew up on a farm so my love for the rural scenes is easily seen in all of my paintings. I love the way farmers construct barns and sheds on their farms. It seems to me to be very creative for one barn to be built then the add-ons come as the years go on and as the need arises.
My next love is trees. I love them in the winter when you can see their bones. And next come shadows. The way shadows run across the land…I can see them moving when I paint them into a winter scene. They show me how the land lies and how it rises and falls over the bumps in the back land of our farm.”
Opening Day is on Friday, April 23 from Noon-7:00 p.m. No appointment necessary on Opening Day. Capacity limitations apply. Inquire for private appointments. The exhibit will also debut online www.westendgallery.net
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The event is FREE and open to the public. Families are encouraged to visit. The main exhibit is wheelchair accessible.