Free community art exhibit at Corning titled “Spring Spotlight”
CORNING, NY (WETM) — Corning’s West End Gallery will host a free community art exhibit in its new “Spring Spotlight” exhibit featuring four regional artists working in a variety of mediums.
The opening date will be March 25 at the Gallery from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with free entry. The exhibition will be on display until April 28 from Tuesday to Saturday at these same times.
Featured artists are Jennifer Fais of Cameron Mills, NY, Amy Hutto of Bath, NY, Joseph A. Miller of Buffalo, NY, and Judy Soprano of Livonia, NY.
The exhibition will also have an online option, you can visit the website www.WestEndGallery.net after opening day.
Here’s a bit more about the featured artists for Spring 2022:
Jennifer Fais from Cameron Mills, NY says “Making art is an expression of love. I love nature since my parents chose “Green” as a middle name. Rivers, wetlands, meadows, birds – they all stir my heart. Painting them is a way for me to connect with the natural world, so it’s no surprise that I’ve painted many birds, waterscapes and bridge scenes. Canoeing is also a passion and I painted a watercolor of several of the sixteen boat launch sites in Chemung and Steuben counties.
I have a variety of subjects for my watercolours, acrylics and drawings. Recent subjects include marsh birds – especially the Great Blue Heron. Using a loose, washed and splattered approach, I paint watercolor and acrylic on a collage of gesso papers which often results in exciting and unexpected edges and colors.
My work tends to be figurative, and I also enjoy painting the landscape built in and around Corning, NY, my home for about thirty years. The Little Joe Tower and the Centerway Bridge are my favorite subjects. I also paint portraits of houses, reveling in the architectural details that also make the owner love the house.
Amy Hutto from Bath, NY says “I am a lover of color… of all colors. When my daughter was younger she always asked me what my favorite color was and I could never give her an answer because they are all my favorites. It’s just a matter of knowing which ones are my favorites at the time I create. I think that translates into my work through spontaneity, which I like. The other thing I try to do is create a lot of texture in my work, no matter the subject. For me, textures create interest and depth in the layers. I can see other colors popping up under a squiggle, or my palette knife sweeping up and lifting or dropping colors along the way. In this way, color and texture are intertwined in my work. For me, it’s hard to have one without the other.
Joseph A. Miller of Buffalo, NY is an Associate Professor of Art at SUNY Buffalo State, where he has taught drawing and painting since 1997. Miller’s work is in numerous public and private collections and has been exhibited internationally in Finland, China, Poland and in the Czech Republic, as well as across the United States, from Berkeley, California to Cambridge, Massachusetts. His work has been exhibited at the Arnot Art Museum, the Castellani Art Museum and the Burchfield-Penney Art Center in New York, the Allentown Art Museum, the Woodmere Art Museum, the Erie Art Museum in Pennsylvania and the Springville Museum of Art in New York. . Utah.
In his artist statement, Miller states, “I primarily focus on the human figure depicted in environments that create a context for psychologically charged and open narratives. Many of these stories explore ideas about power and vulnerability.
The quality of light is a common theme. In particular, the way the atmospheric light and location can suggest a sense of mystery and silence. These works are dark, dank, and hopefully memorable. For me, the most successful are those that evoke the feeling that an event is about to happen or has recently happened.
Images of figures or figures in landscapes, whether in groups or isolated, share a common sense of meaning. Entirely absorbed in themselves or in the dialogue shared between them, they await the unfolding of their intimate story.
Judy Soprano from Livonia, NY has worked at the Museum for over 25 years and is well known for her watercolors of winter landscapes and rural scenes. Her years of experience are reflected in her paintings as the paint seems to fall seamlessly and flawlessly from the tip of her brush. She is also accomplished in oil painting and will be exhibiting a number of oil paintings as well as watercolors. Life in the Finger Lakes magazine published an article about Judy and her work titled “Painting with Passion and Purpose” which can be seen in the May/June 2019 issue.
In her artist statement, she says, “I opened the door to my creativity and found my soul.” I grew up on a farm, so my love for rural scenes is easily seen in all of my paintings. I love how farmers build barns and sheds on their farms. It seems very creative to me to build a barn, then additions come over the years and as the need arises.
My next love is trees. I love them in the winter when you can see their bones. And then come the shadows. The way the shadows cross the earth… I can see them moving when I paint them in a winter scene. They show me how the land is and how it rises and falls over the backcountry bumps of our farm.