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Endless Summer in Central New York

Imagine, December 1, 2017 to January 5, 2018

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Twelve paintings, 15x22".

The months of August and September are the best months for painting outside. During the bulk of the summer, I find myself painting hazy greens on green, but in the autumn, I have so many colors to document in the landscape. Every plant acquires its own startling color, allowing it to stand out from the others. Fields shimmer gold, trees blaze yellows, oranges and red, and every green imaginable is present. The skies tumble with dramatic clouds, the air is clear and pure, and the season is free of biting insects.

I was asked to paint some scenes in Cazenovia. The village is a gem, with many graceful architectural elements and quirky facades behind the village main street. Water is everywhere – the lake, the pond, the inlet and the river, all reflecting the beautiful colors of autumn. Energized by the water scenes, I sought more quiet ponds, which I found in the Kettle Lakes in Tully. By now, it was well into October, thanks to the endless summer we had this year. I painted in the woods on land owned by the land trust and listened to the migrating geese overhead, and enjoyed a feeling of immense peace and great privilege.

2017 Holiday Show

Gandee Gallery, Fabius, NY

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Two full sheet paintings from Colorado and Squamish.

Fields and Meadows

Gandee Gallery, May 28 to September 17, 2016

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3 full size paintings (22 x 30") and one quarter sheet painting (11 x 14").

Spring in Kalymnos means a profusion of blooms. The mountainsides and valleys become covered with carpets of flowers which are filled with honeybees. The "Margaritas" in these paintings grow up to 5 feet tall and stand in beautiful contrast against the turquoise water and cobalt mountains in the distance.

 

These paintings were painted from life, with a few touch ups done later. I find great enjoyment in painting outside with the breeze, the sun, the sound of the insects and activities around me as a backdrop to the scene. I paint landscapes as a way to document a brief few hours in a particular spot.

Road Trip

Imagine (Skaneateles) invited me to show the paintings from the 2015 June road trip out west.

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Driving across the country gives one the sense of opulence of land. Roads that disappear in a straight line into the horizon are unforgettable. There are few landmarks and the ones that appear – small shacks, solitary farmhouses, grain elevators, canyons and mountains – stand out. Everywhere the eye falls, there’s a paintable scene. A short scramble into the countryside with a painting backpack, and then rooting oneself to a single spot for 3-4 hours makes the time slip by unnoticed.

 

These paintings were all painted outdoors, on location, with some touch-ups done afterwards. We visited Colorado, Utah and Squamish. The paintings were all full size (22 x 30 inches).

Locally Grown

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Sept 10 - October 27, 2015

This exhibit featured Robert Glisson's beautiful oils of landscapes alongside my watercolors. Karen Smith, Gallery Coordinator of Baltimore Woods Nature Center in Marcellus, NY, organized this show. Thanks Karen!

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Winter 2015 (that was a long winter! People were still talking about it in June!)

 

February 21 through April 12.

Wanderlust is defined as a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about. From the beaches of Greece and the south of France to the glaciers of Iceland, this exhibition embodied the spirit of wanderlust.  It featured paintings, photographs, and drawings created by Central New York artists during travels to a variety of exotic locales.
 
Participating artists included Roger DeMuth, Bill Elkins, Mary Padgett, William Padgett,  Lucie Wellner, and Jamie Young.
 

Wanderlust

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Winter 2015 (that was a long winter! People were still talking about it in June!)

 

February 21 through April 12.

Wanderlust is defined as a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about. From the beaches of Greece and the south of France to the glaciers of Iceland, this exhibition embodied the spirit of wanderlust.  It featured paintings, photographs, and drawings created by Central New York artists during travels to a variety of exotic locales.
 
Participating artists included Roger DeMuth, Bill Elkins, Mary Padgett, William Padgett,  Lucie Wellner, and Jamie Young.
 

3 Artists: Wellner, Gandee, Wellner

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Fall 2014

 

I had the honor of exhibiting work with my mother and Jen Gandee in the spacious light filled room at this country library.

Renewal

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Summer 2014

 

May 24 through July 27

The exhibition featured work by regionally recognized artists that incorporates recycled materials and utilizes appropriated vintage imagery.

 

Participating artists include: Assemblages by Dan Bacich, illustrative collage by Marty Blake, one-of-a-kind & limited edition furniture and jewelry by Unite Two Design (Theresa and Keith Traub), pots by Jen Gandee, up-cycled jewelry by Betsy Menson Sio, and hand-painted, digital collage by Lucie Wellner.
 

All Creatures Great and Small

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Fall 2013

 

Oct 11- Nov 24
The show featured artwork that incorporates animals into the form and/or surface of ceramic vessels and sculptures, and as subject matter of paintings, photographs and prints.


Participating artists include: Fredrick Bartolovic & Michelle Strader, Shanna Fliegel, Bob Gates, Steven Godfrey, Tom Huff, Ron Meyers, Hannah Niswonger, Brooke Noble, Donnalee Peden, Matt Smith, Stacey Stanhope, and Lucie Wellner.

Bloom

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Summer 2013

 

May 25 through August 11

An eclectic mix of styles and art, this group exhibition featured artwork with the theme of renewal and investigates the innate beauty of nature.  The show includes drawing, photography, watercolor, sculpture, and ceramics.

 

Participating artists include: Anne Novado Capuccilli, Willson Cummer, Jen Gandee, Bob Gates, Kelly Sullivan, Lucie Wellner, Pualani Wiley, and Errol Willett.

Harvest Show

Gandee Gallery, Fabius, NY

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October 2012

 

This show celebrated the bounty of our local agriculture.

Visions of Skaneateles

Imagine, Skaneateles

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August, 2012

 

Sarah Panzarella invited me to display some paintings of Skaneateles at Imagine. I spent a month in the summer painting the village and the lake. I discovered that even at 6 in the morning, there are a lot of people out and about, walking their dogs and getting coffee. The village is very picturesque in all seasons, but the flower boxes in the summer make it even more so.

Petit Library

Syracuse, NY

March 2010 and October 2011

In the Garden

Gandee Gallery, Fabius

Spring/Summer 2011

 

Best part of this show was spending time with the brand new little Peter, son of my friends Lynn and Chris.

 

Liverpool Library Show

Liverpool, NY

February 2010

I don't have any photos of this show, but that year for Valentine's day my niece made some cupcakes that were works of art. This is a photo of her with her creations.

Gandee Gallery Holiday Show

Fabius, NY

 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016

A Sense of Place

Gandee Gallery, Fabius, NY

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October 2009

 

This show concentrated on the value of our local area. Events were held at the gallery that informed the public about Hydrofracking. Individuals who had knowledge to share were invited to speak on the subject.

Downtown Central Library

Syracuse, NY 

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September 2009

Health Science Center Library

Syracuse, NY

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March 2009 and August 2010

National Watercolor Society All Member Show

San Pedro, CA

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May 2 to 29, 2009

"Memory 1"

juried by Mary Addison Hackett

Red River Watercolor Society National Show

Hjemkomst Center, MN

April 13 to June 19 2009,

"Unfurling"

Juried by Judi Betts)

Limestone Framing and Art Gallery

Fayetteville, NY

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June, 2009,

June 2008 (H2O show)

 

Read Review by Katherine Rushworth

 

The 28th Annual Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors

Old Forge, NY

 Fall 2009

Constant state of mourning

 

 

Westcott Art Trail

Syracuse, NY

June, 2009

at Cindy and Jack's house with Randy and Dan

Rome Art and Community Center

Rome, NY

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January 2009: solo show in Library

 

2007: exhibited "Threatened (Floyd Farm)" which received the Special Gallery Committee Award, 

Cooperstown National

Cooperstown, NY

2008 (Chrysalis)

2003 (Avalanche Lake, received Elsie M. Birch Memorial Prize for Watercolor)

Early 2000's

Dickman Farms, Auburn NY:  VaVa Bloom Craft Show 2008, 2009, 2010

 

Featured Artist at Artistic Innovations Gallery, Baldwinsville, NY 2003

 

Cultural Resource Council  Syracuse, NY  2001, 2003, 2007

 

Lowe Art Gallery MFA Show, Syracuse University 2000

 

Gallery 210 Syracuse, NY 2000

 

Arnot Art Museum  Elmira, NY 2000

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