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2017

"A WAY OF SEEING" - Lynda Naske 3/11/2017 - 4/8/2017

Fine Arts winner of last year’s 2016 MVCA Regional Show Exhibition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016

DARK ROOM TO DIGITAL with Alan Vincent (2015 Regional Winner) May 22 to June 25

“I’ve had a camera in my hands since my first Brownie, then SLR and digital. I am attracted to a person, place or thing that needs to be visually recorded. A good picture is the product of opportunity, timing, lighting and perspective. I look for lines, color, framing and expression. The most mundane item can have an exciting personality when taken out of context by standing alone. A stack of lumber can be more than a sum of its parts when it creates lines, shadows and textures. A captured expression can turn a portrait into a story. Little Falls is a treasure trove of ‘Kodak moments.’”

 

 

 

INTROSPECTION with John Famulare - April 9 through May 14

OPENING RECEPTION Saturday, April 9 2:00 - 4:00 PM.

From the early age of three, John Hai Famulare was always seen drawing with his pen and paper in Bắc Ninh province, Vietnam. When he was adopted and arrived in the United States in 2000, he continued to refine his skills in fine arts at Little Falls High School and Union College. “In my studies at Union College, I discovered that art brings out the artist’s inner self. The masterpiece speaks directly from the heart and soul. It translates messages that words cannot. An artist undergoes an emotional journey when working on his or her piece, thus resulting in an artistic form of expression. The more the artist strives to liberate these emotions, the more the audience will see the soul.”

2015

Images Past and Present with J. Bruce Schwabach 7/11/2015 - 8/22/2015

left - "Light on the Erie Canal" by J. Bruce Schwabach

I have traveled through our country, France, England, and of course through Italy to see the great sites made famous by artists through time. I remember my first morning I was in Venice, at a cappuccino bar with workers on their way. As I looked onto the Grand Canal from the small island of Lido, I knew that my life had come to a wonderful place.

It was my chance at painting the light and color of Venice, while dreaming of Turner’s great collection at the Tate. The near perfect integration of the physical and spiritual nature of life is found in these works.

I try to capture this in my paintings of Maine, and my works of the Erie Canal in Central, New York. In the light, and color of the every day, I want my paintings to say that there is something uplifting and miraculous before us.

It is the calling of the artist to help us see these miracles.

I have created about 60 pastels, and 30 oil paintings, from a few sites on the Erie Canal through all four seasons.

When I was very young, my grandparents had a small apartment at the Dorset Hotel, next to MOMA in New York. My mother’s family lived in Cuba for three generations, and after giving up their life in Havana, lived in their adopted city of Manhattan. Grandma “Rosita” loved art, and often took me in hand to see the great Monet water paintings at MOMA. She loved the Impressionists, and in her travels visited galleries to study art.

Following artists such as Monet, and Cezanne, it has been my desire to find beauty in one place, seeing it through the many changes that one finds day to day. The good thing about them is that they don’t freeze in a Central NY winter.

When I was very young, my grandparents had a small apartment at the Dorset Hotel, next to MOMA in New York. My mother’s family lived in Cuba for three generations, and after giving up their life in Havana, lived in their adopted city of Manhattan. Grandma “Rosita” loved art, and often took me in hand to see the great Monet water paintings at MOMA. She loved the Impressionists, and in her travels visited galleries to study art.

She often spoke of holding in her hands a painting by Bonnard in a gallery in Paris, warned by the dealer that she should buy it immediately. The actor Edward G. Robinson’s wife loved Bonnard, and was visiting the gallery in a few days. Grandma didn't buy the painting. The actor and his wife did visit, and took the prize.

Early in my painting life I was looking at those paintings by Bonnard of his wife in the bath. The mosaic of bright brushstrokes would stay with me through the years as my work matured. Turner, Van Gogh, Renoir and of course Monet, are the artists who have led the way for me.

My father studied art history at Yale, and I have his study guides which each student had to write. They cover the entire history of art up to 1939. My family’s appreciation for art certainly has influenced my life as a painter.

My first teacher was Alton Toby of Larchmont, NY, a well-known illustrator.

I remember copying an Arizona Highways cover of Wild Bill Hickok’s final poker game. The smell of the linseed oil, the details of cards and chips on the table all excited my imagination.

Here I am 55 years later, still taken by the colors and shapes seen before me, and loving my life as an artist.

After over 35 years of teaching, I am ready to be a full-time artist, setting up a studio in Little Falls, to do what I have loved my entire life.

J. Bruce Schwabach
April 2015

Artwork by Yulia Levkovich May 23 to July 4

left - "Vacuum" by Yulia Levkovich

Living in New York City for the past decade, has deepened my appreciation of the intricacies of city structures and how akin they are to our biology. A rusty water hydrant protruding from a wall, containing liquids, echoes female anatomy, arousing a familiar response. Intertwined functioning electrical wires, abandoned and unsafe on a rooftop, mirror our relationship with our bodies. We take for granted the complexity of our anatomy and trust our bodies to keep functioning throughout various abuse. However, like the tucked away wires, the body deteriorates until it needs repair or stops functioning all together. Such analogous insights can be found anywhere in urban environments and these are precisely the type of experiences I preferred to document.

As my appreciation for the city has grown increasingly complex, and the stress and anxiety more apparent, I embraced the idea of simplifying my life and moved to Little Falls, New York. The dynamic angles of this small city and surprising beauty overwhelm and surprise me daily. Every day when I go jogging I come across a new sublime landscape, and when I meet new people, I constantly come across gems. It is human nature to adapt to the environment and start taking it for granted, and so many find dissatisfaction in Little Falls. Yet, I keep coming across people that have taken similar steps in choosing to come here and settle here; people that have abandoned their previous lives and found satisfaction here.

In my recent paintings I explore the area and the objects that give Little Falls its unique identity. These are also narrative pieces synthesizing past and present, and the psychological shifts that have occurred. The objective is to encourage a collective esteem and appreciation for local beauty, life and values and to celebrate this existence through those that have come to find their happiness here.

Yulia Levkovich is a Representational Painter. She was born in Ukraine and moved to Canada where she was exposed to the Russian School of Painting. She received her BFA from OCAD University in Toronto. In 2006 Yulia moved to Manhattan to pursue her MFA at the New York Academy of Art. Yulia has taught privately, as well as in several institutions, including The New York Academy of Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Yulia has exhibited extensively in New York and abroad. More at yulialevkovich.com.
Email: levkovich.yulia@gmail.com.

"Creative Journey in Pastels" with Deborah Florentino-Dlugolecki - 4/11/2015 - 5/13/2015

An artist new to the scene, Deborah’s exhibition will exhibit a collection of landscape paintings in pastels. Journey with her as she explores textures, vibrant colors, and playful scenes found in her travels.

A native of Utica, Deborah now lives in Syracuse with her family. Her artistic process began as an adult when she started taking private art lessons and participating in pastel workshops with well-known artists. Almost exclusively, Deborah works from photographs she has taken either in her everyday activities or during her travels across the country. She finds inspiration from the dramatic beauty of light and shadows in the landscape. She has been juried twice into the Northeast National Pastel Exhibition 2012 & 2014, with Outstanding Small Format Award in 2014.

left - "Sisters" by Deborah Florentino-Dlugolecki

2014

FRANK WILCOX EXHIBITION “Landscapes Old and New” - 10/4/2014 - 11/22/2014

Frank is a multiple award-winning Adirondack artist. This exhibition focuses on landscapes - old and new. A recent series called “Adirondack Ikons” will be featured along with other paintings. The new works are acrylic on linen in two sizes only, 36 x 48 and 48 x 36. Inspiration for this series came from music by the British composer, John Tavener, and from an ikon, a visual representation of a spiritual idea. Many of Frank’s paintings can be found in private collections as well as area galleries.

 

 

FROM the RIVER to the SEA with David Burns 5/3/2014 - 6/21/2014

When working the family farm, I never considered a building that housed animals would become a subject for art; yet, returning years later, as if in a different light, I then noticed how winter’s sun accentuated the vertical boards, exaggerated the angle of its eves and how the cast shadows became tinted by light that bounced off the new fallen snow. At that found moment, I wondered who among the generations past would have noticed; if our great-grandfather, while leading his teams of horses back to that barn, had he ever observed those similar effects?

An artist could be anyone who is attentive to his surrounds; notices when a common scene becomes caught in an uncommon light. Long before I considered art, before painting, on this one occasion, in the middle of the night, with a patient in dire straights, as the flood of light ‘bathed’ the green surgical drapes-even then, I took notice of the effects known as ‘chiaroscuro.’

An artist is one who desires to capture that moment and put it eventually into a frame; it will always be an elusive pursuit. Many have helped with my effort; but two notable watercolorists: Guy Corriero, AWS and the late Bus Romeling, have led the way.

RISING to the SURFACE with Brenda Antonowicz 3/15/2014 - 4/26/2014

Brenda Antonowicz is a mixed media artist who resides in the town of Western, New York with her husband, Peter, and two dogs.  Her passion for art developed in the mid-1990’s when confronted with great tragedy, trauma, and loss. She found creating art therapeutic and its practice an integral means in her healing process.

Brenda has diverse interests in art but favors acrylic painting, mixed media, abstract, and semi-abstract expressionism.  Her fascination with texture, color, depth and dimension is revealed by her use of various materials and mediums; often incorporating organic elements such as eggshells, sand, rice, and coffee grounds into her work.  Guided by intuition, Brenda’s work is often the result of her creative process rather than a predetermined intent to reflect any specific image. 

"PEOPLE AND PLACES IN MY TRAVELS" with Deborah Rosato - 11/23/2013 - 1/3/ 2014

Deborah’s journey as an artist started in her childhood. Born in Troy, New York, she showed interest in art at the tender age of 4 when her mother would give her paper, pencils and clay and she would create her first artworks. In high school she developed a very strong drawing ability which has served her well throughout the years by providing the basis for design and implementation of various forms of art. She began by drawing and painting 2 dimensional art and went on to creating 3 dimensional art in stained glass and metal sculpture.

For the past 12 years, she has rekindled her interest in the drawing and painting arts. Her emphasis has been in watercolor and pastel painting. To further enhance her techniques and style, she has studied with some of the top artists in these two mediums. Deborah’s primary subject interest is landscapes, to include cityscapes, seascapes, architecture, people and animals. Many of Deborah’s paintings tell stories of her travels and favorite places.

Deborah maintains a studio in her home in Deerfield, NY on 10 acres at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, where she lives with her husband and chocolate lab, Lily.
Deborah states, “I paint because I love the challenge of capturing a certain light or mood and it is my way of telling a story and documenting my surroundings and travels.”

2013

"MEN OF STEEL" with Roy W. Stevens - 10/5 - 11/9/2013

In addition to other venues, Mr. Stevens’ work has been displayed at the North Creek and Guilderland Public libraries and The Arts Center of the Capital Region.  According to Mr. Stevens, “Steel structures are the important fabric of highways, buildings and bridges. I make photographs of heavy construction to capture the visual and performance art of people forming, managing and choreographing this largely unseen industry. Images reflect special times with unique compositions and tonalities not found in other human endeavors. I present the images in black and white to reflect the essentially monochrome worlds of steel and concrete. In 2011, Spotlight (Das Magazin fur Englisch) published a photo, “Shaker Barn” taken at Shaker Village, Hancock, MA and Saratoga Arts presented 15 of my images in a co-exhibit with Emma Dodge Hanson titled “Frame Story: The Narrative Within.” Most recently, a B&W photograph was exhibited at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts in the 2012 Adirondack Juried Art Show.

"EAST meets WEST" Photography with Bob Critser and Dave Prinzhorn, 6/1 - 6/29/2013

Bob Critser’s interest in photography began as a child when he purchased his first camera with six Sugar Daddy candy wrappers and $1.50 for the cost of shipping. He began by taking pictures of the many scenes of the Mohawk Valley. As time progressed, his portfolio changed to reflect other subjects. Sports photography became a niche for him and he is well-known in area communities and in local and surrounding school districts and colleges. Today, Bob uses a Nikon D3 and D3S to cover his wide-range of photography that also includes family events, graduations, proms and fundraising events. He currently owns his own local business, Digital Sports Photography, located in Herkimer.

Dave Prinzhorn began in 1973 with a Kodak Signet 40 35mm camera and a hand-held light meter and has been capturing “moments in time” for the past 40 years. Working as a custom black-and-white printer while attending Chicago’s prestigious School of the Art Institute, he instantly gravitated to large format photography. As a commercial product photographer in a busy downtown studio, he was exposed to the full spectrum of film formats from 35mm to 16”x20”. Using mostly a full-frame digital Nikon for photography, he occasionally still shoots with his vintage 4”x 5” film camera today.

“Landscape Painting” with Lutz Scherneck EXHIBIT 4/27 - 5/25/2013

Lutz graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting. During his studies he fell in love with the work of French Impressionist painters and contemporary American artists Pollock, Rothko, Hofmann and Avery. Their influence showed in the artwork he would create.

Lutz suggests, “Why call it a landscape painting? It generally has landscape forms and may have the traditional horizon line or dimensionally is wider than it is tall. None of those points need to be the rule.”

In describing his exhibit, Lutz states, “This selection of paintings has aspects that fall into the classification of landscape painting as I understand it to be. Whether figurative, still life, landscape or some other classification, the categorization has no real meaning. Think of the artist Cezanne and his landscapes of human figures or his still lifes that become a landscape of fruit.”

“The Moon in the Spoon” - Lynda Naske Exhibit 3/23 - 4/20/2013

Join us for the opening and exhibition of Lynda Naske.

Lynda Naske is an award-winning artist who has exhibited in northern and central NYS and New England in both solo and group exhibitions. According to Lynda Naske,” I have always been fascinated by the possibilities to be found in the tip of a pencil. The sensitivity of a beautifully rendered subject in this medium never fails to move me.”

Naske artwork seeks to capture a close-up and fleeting moment of light and shadow. Her current work is focused on familiar objects--”worlds within worlds,”--and into the exploration of their magic and mystery.

“The ArtVentures of Tom Yacovella” – 2/16 - 3/16/2013

Tom Yacovella was the MVCA 2012 Regional Art Show “Solo Show Award” winner.

Born in Utica, New York, Tom was lured by the wilderness of the Adirondack Mountains that influence much of his wildlife art. Tom’s years as a creative designer and his desire to capture his outdoor experiences on canvas have formed the basis for his wildlife art. His work is a studied search to explore nature’s delicate balance and represent it the way that it really is. Telling stories through his art, Tom’s subjects’ moods and postures range from natural wariness to the intimate moments of courting and parenting. In his words, “I have been a devoted student of the outdoors for 50 years. My burning desire to portray wildlife accurately had led me to consistently explore nature’s delicate underbelly. I return to the wilderness often; to see it, smell it, taste it, sweat in its days and freeze in its nights. Only then can I discover a strong sense of what belongs and what does not belong in nature.”

2012

"Two Points of View" - Steven Hill and Carolyn Justice - 10/20 - 12/17/2012

Steven Hill would be described as a realist oil painter. He is inspired by the character that age imparts The simplicity of quiet moments, The nobility of simple tasks, The sanctity of human effort. It is his hope that when someone encounters his paintings that they are engaged not only by what is there, but also by what is not... by what it is and by what they imagine it to be.
Carolyn Justice is a pastel artist who after years of working as an illustrator and portrait artist, now describes herself as a painter who loves nature, life, and color. She enjoys giving a colorful voice to the farmer and fruits of his labor. The rural New England landscape and farm animals are a source of inspiration.

Kris Corso Tolmie - "Cross Currents" -- Monoprints, 9/15/2012 through 10/12/2012

Kris Corso Tolmie's large and small-scale monoprints "that result from the juxtaposition of traditional etching techniques with contemporary screen printing processes record subtle shifts in color, value and form that embody the changing nature of perspectives."  According to the artist, "these prints reflect my interest in recording the intangible quality of my observations of and experiences with natural schemata. They have evolved from my habits of seeing and are based on my perceptions of the elements around me.  The information that I garner as reference for my work comes in the details of my surroundings, rather than the wholes. Thus, I see the world as a palette full of visual stimuli that is arranged in thickly-layered, intricate complexities that compose an interrelated network of ever-changing patterns, textures and colors."  Tolmie presently serves as Assistant Professor of Art, Printmaking, at The College of St. Rose.  She has an extensive exhibition record throughout NYS and as far away as Korea.  Cross Currents is supported by monies from a Professional Development Grant from The College of St. Rose, Albany, NY.

Douglas Whitfield, 7/14/2012 through 8/5/2012
Douglas Whitfield Douglas Whitfield paints in his studio located in Cedar Lake, NY. His medium is oil paint on canvas, and his work has been shown in fine galleries around the world since 1967. 
According to the artist, “My compositions are dreamlike and decidedly outside the realm of experience.  My characters come to you as players in a fantastic theater.  They gesture dramatically and strike romantic poses on their stage.  They are cognizant of you as you are of them and they present themselves to you for your pleasure.”
“Drawing on Our Past” - Ink Drawings by RC Oster, 6/8/2012 through 7/8/2012
Albine Junction NY - RC Oster RC Oster is a self-taught artist who specializes in free-hand ink drawings of regional landmarks and Adirondack scenes.  He is particularly well known for his drawings of historical buildings, which he views as “proud reminders of where we as a society have been.”  Oster carefully captures fine details of these buildings from sharp angles to show off the architecture of the building.  He seeks to bring further awareness of these buildings through capturing their fine details.

Nathan Gazin - "The Jazz Era" - 3/17/2012 through 4/14/2012

Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts is proud to present the works of award-winning artist Nathan Gazin. The exhibit, "The Jazz Era," will open with a reception on Saturday, March 17, from 12-2pm at the gallery at 401 Canal Place, Little Falls, NY.

Nathan Gazin, (Gay' zin) started drawing as soon as he could hold a pencil.  His mother, an artist, always encouraged his artistic ability. He began his career illustrating for The N.Y.S. Panic, an underground magazine. He continued illustrating while attending classes at Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute and later at PRATT, where he studied the finer teachings of Color Theory and Design. Pushing his abilities as a painter, Gazin began experimenting with colored pencil and it immediately became his medium of choice.  "Painting as a medium has such an extensive background behind it," Gazin says, "with so many great artists that have mastered it, such as Van Gogh with oils, or O'Keefe with watercolors. They have already created a blueprint for techniques and styles that many painters limit themselves to.

With colored pencil being a fairly new medium, it opens our minds to learning or developing new techniques, possibly even creating a new style of art all together." Gazin follows his own path and states simply, "The future of all art lies within our ability to see, feel, think, and imagine it."

Influenced by artists old and new, Gazin focuses a lot of attention on subjects that you would see in the 1920's, or "The Jazz Era." It was a time many have forgotten about; an era of experimenting with music, love, drugs and freedom of expression. A time of prohibition, speakeasies, Flapper girls, and petting parties.

Gazin's drawings are made exclusively with Prismacolor colored pencils on four-ply Bristol board. He has displayed and sold his work at multiple exhibits in New York, winning countless awards throughout his career.

Gazin's exhibit at Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts will run through April 14. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm. The opening reception is free and all are invited to attend.

Robert Willman - "Landscapes" 2/8/2012 through 3/12/2012

Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts proudly presents the works of the well known and respected painter, Robert Willman. His show, “Landscapes” is opening on February 8, 2012 and will run through to March.

Willman’s paintings have been exhibited in the National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Old Forge, NY; The Fall National, Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT; The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society International Exhibition, Erie, PA; The Northeast Watercolor Society National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Goshen, NY; Impressions of New England Exhibition, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT and numerous other juried exhibitions.

Willman’s works have received numerous awards in juried exhibitions and are in many permanent collections including museums, corporations, universities, and private collections throughout the United States, England and Canada. Willman’s painting “Adirondack White, Exploring the Hush” was used for the 2007 poster promoting the National Exhibition of American Watercolors in Old Forge, NY.

2011

Frank Wilcox - "Landscapes - New Works" - 9/10/2011 through 10/15/2011

Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts - "Landscapes - New Works" by Frank Wilcox

Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts is pleased to announce a new exhibition featuring Little Falls Artist, Frank Wilcox. "Landscapes - New Works" is a compilation of works completed from 2009-2011. Wilcox, multiple award winning Adirondack artist, has been a frequent exhibitor at Old Forge, Long Lake, Adirondack Lakes Art Center, SUNY IT, Booneville Library, Lake Placid, Cooperstown National Juried Show and the Schuweinfurth Art Center. His works are also in many private collections throughout the US. This exhibition runs from September 10 to October 15. He has also taught at MVCA and Utica Art Association.

Gallery hours are noon to 4pm Tues/Thursday/Saturday or by appointment. the 401 Gallery is located at MVCA, 401 Canal Place, Little Falls, NY. Call 315-823-0808 for further information.

Opening Artist Reception is scheduled for Sunday, September 18 from 2 to 4pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

 

Grayce Dady - "Pastel Reflections" - 6/12/2011 - 7/12/2011

Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts - "Pastel Reflections" works by Grayce Dady

EXHIBITION  Sunday, June 12 through Tuesday, July 12, 2011

OPENING RECEPTION
Sunday, June 12, 2011
2 to 4 PM
Free and Open to the Public

 

 

 

 


Judith Present - "The Way of Water" - 5/7/2011- 6/4/2011

Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts - "The Way of Water" works by Judith Present


“Moving Water Cloud Reflection”

EXHIBITION  Saturday, May 7 through Monday, June 4, 2011

OPENING RECEPTION
Sunday, May 22, 2011
2 to 4 PM
Free and Open to the Public
Ms. Present will be attending the Reception

Gallery Hours: Tues - Saturday 12 to 4 PM or by appointment
Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts
401 Gallery
401 Canal Place, Little Falls, NY 13365 

The Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts is proud to announce the opening of a new gallery show, "The Way of Water," works by Judith Present.

Judith Present is a photographer, playwright, director and actress who has written many plays which she honed as a resident playwright of the American Renaissance Theater in NYC. Her direction and plays have been seen in NYC, Binghamton NY, and Deposit and Hancock NY. She was a founding member of Theatrics by Starlight Theatre Company and Playwright’s Unit. Her new novel “Montana Junction” will be out in May of this year.

She is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology were she majored in Textile Design and Fashion Photography. Judith owned The Present Textile Design Studio in NYC’s garment center until it began to dwindle with jobs going overseas.  She escaped from NYC to the boonies of PA right across the NY border; there she discovered nature right from her own back yard. Living in a log home in a hemlock forest has inspired her photography, changing her style from fashion to landscapes.

Ms. Present’s photographs have been seen from Brooklyn, New York to Billings, Montana and as far south as Farmerville, Louisiana. She is honored to show her work in the beautiful town of Little Falls, NY at the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts.

Artist Statement - “The Way of Water”
Water is essential to sustain life. It is a clear colorless liquid that occurs as rain, snow, and ice, as it forms rivers, lakes, and seas. Yet it mirrors color from substances in its environment. In this digital photography series, “The Way of Water”, ART is made from moving water, frozen water and falling water as it reallocates through creeks, rivers and streams, freezes solid and falls over rocks.

In these manipulated landscapes, I bring to life the shades, tints, and colors that water picks up along its trail to wherever it goes. Using the reflections of sky and clouds and ground, along with light and luminosity from time of day I created photographs beyond what we see with the naked eye.

Judith Present - May 2011

GG Stankiewicz - "Near, Far and In Between" - Paintings and Prints 3/26/2011 - 4/23/2011

Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts - "Near, Far and In between"
Paintings and Prints by GG Stankiewicz


“Rolling Hills”

EXHIBITION  Saturday, March 26, 2011 through Sunday, April 23, 2011

OPENING RECEPTION
Saturday, March 26, 2011
1 to 3 PM
Free and Open to the Public


Hamid Irbouh - “Dander Meander” - New Paintings 2010- 2/13/2011 through 3/13/2011

Hamid Irbouh - “Dander Meander” - New Paintings 2010


“Soit-Distantix2 -2010” 69” x 56” Mixed Media

Exhibit Sunday, February 13 – Sunday, March 13, 2011
Reception Sunday, February 13
1 to 3 PM *** please note change in time

Hamid Irbouh - Artist’s Statement

I approach each painting so that its final surface reflects a product of ferocious concentration and mental rapacity.  Everything is grist for the mill.  No vagueness is tolerated.  Differences are pounced on greedily, and nothing that might be useful is left to slip by.  Thinking is fast or slow-- it depends on how the painting progresses. I develop my ideas through a playful use of abstract shapes. “Playfulness” is a means to answering pre-existing questions.  Making a new painting without prejudices engenders new ideas.  I prefer unspecified goals to direct ones.   Clouded objectives allow you to dig the work out with impartiality.  I strive for the unequivocal.  While in the process of “constructing” my paintings, the conversion of a thought into a visual mark laid on the surface can be as absorbing as a cognitive reflection or as fleeting as a dab of paint or as a wink.  Most often, at the outset a painting’s surface looks disorganized and, in some ways, funny because its nuts and bolts are unhinged, uncoordinated, and clumsy.  The shapes’ repetitiveness reigns supreme. The rest of the working process entails editing, though editing not in term of taking out, but of cleaning out through superimposition; hence the transparency of the paintings. Long pauses might follow as the mood of a painting changes.  And work resumes once the mental mood perceives the light within the tunnel.  Analytical revisions keep running.  And layers of paint pile upon layers in a combative and buoyant mode, but without concealing one another.  The challenge is to discover how many layers an unprimed and fragile raw canvas can accept without losing the character of “the beholder’s absorption.”  The multiple layers demonstrate both the method and the crude materiality of the paintings.  The unmixed pigments that delineate chunks of shapes are processed energetically and end up translating a concentrated visual rhythmic prose.  Each painting generates its twin.  Past, unfinished thoughts spawn new ideas and corroborate a new body of work.  Works that meet dead ends are re-started by building new paintings on top of them.  The surfaces of the final paintings stand as opaque walls that muffle a multitude of paintings that will never be seen.

Utica, New York 2010

"Foundations" - the Artwork of Donnalyn Shuster- 1/15/2011 through 2/8/2011

Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts - "Foundations" - the Artwork of Donnalyn Shuster

 
"A Natural Twist" - Donnalyn Shuster

Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts Gallery 401 will feature the works of Donnalyn Shuster, a St. Johnsville resident from Saturday, January 15 through Tuesday, February 8, 2011.  The show is titled “Foundations” and highlights intricate  Pencil drawings. An Open House and Reception will be held at MVCA, 401 Gallery, 401 Canal Place, Little Falls on Sunday, January 16 from 2 to 4 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Shuster will be present to discuss her works.

Shuster was named Art Educator of the Year for 2009 for Region 3 of the New York State Art Teacher’s Association (NYSATA) and heads the Frankfort-Schuyler Central School District Art Department.  Currently, Shuster serves on the NYSATA Board of Trustees as a Region 3 Representative. In this role, she also chaired the Member’s Exhibition, held in November 2008 at SUNY-IT, along with chairing the Artisan’s Market at the national convention. Shuster is also a member of the National Art Education Association, where for the past four years, she has been selected to present at the national convention as a Mohawk Valley representative. She co-chaired the Festival of Arts this year, as well as orchestrating numerous exhibitions of student art work in Herkimer County, including the Congressional Art Competition, Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts Student Show, the Creative Arts Showcase at Bassett Healthcare in Herkimer and Acacia Village, to name a few. Her students’ work has also appeared in the School Arts Magazine and in presentations held during the opening sessions of the NAEA Convention.

Students from her class have also participated in the Scholastic Art Competition, receiving Gold and Silver keys and the National Gold Art Award in 2006. Many of her students have gone on to pursue careers in the art world, in such diverse fields as photography, graphic design and art studio ownership.

In addition to her teaching career, Shuster, along with her husband, own and operate a small dairy farm in the area. As a practicing artist, she regularly exhibits her work throughout the region, including a solo art show in Cooperstown in 2005.

Her work has appeared in galleries in Amsterdam, Gloversville, Little Falls, Ilion Public Library, Cogar Gallery at HCCC, and most currently, at the St. Lawrence County Arts Council in Potsdam. Shuster holds an A.A.S. degree in Advertising Design and Production from Mohawk Valley Community College, a bachelor’s degree in Art and a master’s degree in Education from SUNY-Potsdam.

2010

Woodcut Collages by Matthew Zappala - 10/16 through 11/14, 2010

The Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts 401 Gallery will feature Matthew Zappala, Woodcut artist at an exhibition of his works opening on Saturday, October 16. Zappala, a Graphic Artist and a graduate of Queens College, has been drawn to the woods and coast of New England. His black and white woodcuts and woodcut collages depict landscape in winter. The curves of the trees are juxtaposed against the white snow. In specific areas, he brings out the natural grain of the wood to create energy that flows across the sky and water. Sections are chiseled and marks and lines direct the viewer’s eye into the print.

The Woodcut Collages are created by cutting and pasting pieces of different prints. By using the collage technique, Zappala is able to experiment with a greater variety of possibilities. The end product is a new singular work of art that has the visual look of a woodcut.

Zappala’s work has been exhibited in Maine, Massachusetts and Hudson Valley Galleries. There is an Artist Reception on Sunday, October 24 from 2 to 4 PM that is free and open to the public. MVCA 401 Gallery is located at 401 Canal Place, Little Falls, NY. Call 823-0808 for more information.

Artwork by Steven Specht - 9/11 through 10/11, 2010

Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts - Art Work by Steven Specht

Steven Specht is Professor of Psychology at Utica College. Dr. Specht has exhibited works at a number of venues in Central New York State including the Salmon River Fine Arts Gallery (at which he won “Popular Best in Show”), Kirkland Arts Center, Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts (at which he won the “Solo Exhibition Award”) and the juried Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute Sidewalk Show. He has also shown works nationally at the juried exhibit of the National Collage Society (NCS) and won a cash award in 2009 for his work at the NCS annual “Wish You Were Here” postcard show. He recently had work on exhibit at the Climate Gallery in New York City and at the 17th Annual International Salon of Contemporary Collage in Paris, France.

Dr. Specht regularly teaches a course entitled “Psychology and the Visual Arts” at Utica College and has published journal articles about his work investigating the factors that influence individuals’ perceptions of artwork. He is a member of the International Association for Empirical Aesthetics, the Association for Psychological Science and the National Collage Society.

"Self-portraits of Other Things" Paintings by Lutz Scherneck - 6/20 through 7/16, 2010

The Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts 401 Gallery is proud to present the exhibition of paintings by a local Dolgeville artist, Lutz Scherneck, June 20 through July 16. Mr. Scherneck is a graduate of Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. His work has been well received throughout Upstate New York galleries.

The public is invited to meet the artist at the Opening Reception on Sunday, June 27 from 2 to 4 PM.

For further information, Click here or call 823-0808.

This program is funded in part by the state agency New York State Council on the Arts

The Gallery hours
Tuesday to Saturday 12-4

Paintings and Drawings of Terrence Tiernan - 5/15 through 6/14, 2010

Terrence Tiernan
Exhibition Dates May 15 - June 14, 2010
Artist Reception May 23, 2010 2 to 4 PM

The Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts 401 Gallery is presenting the exhibition  of paintings and drawings of Terrence Tiernan May 15 through June 14. Mr. Tiernan, retired Professor of Art at the Sage Colleges, will be exhibiting thought provoking works.

The public is invited to meet the artist at the Opening Reception on Sunday, May 23 from 2 to 4 PM. The MVCA 401 Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, Noon to 4 PM. For further information, call 823-0808.

This program is funded in part by the state agency
New York State Council on the Arts

The Gallery hours
Tuesday to Saturday 12-4

 

 

"Earthy Spirits" Paintings and Sculpture by R. Ashley Krohmal - 4/11 through 5/8 2010

neusnerThe Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts 401 Gallery is presenting the exhibition  “Earthly Spirits” featuring the art of R. Ashley Krohmal April 11 through May 8. Ms. Krohmal, a Capital area resident, will be featuring Watercolor and Oil Paintings and unique Ceramic Sculptures. A graduate from NYS College of Ceramics and St. Rose College, Krohmal states “My work is created in the moment as a spontaneous dance.”

 

 

 

 

 

Suzanne Richter Neusner Quilt Exhibition - 2/28 through 3/27, 2010

quiltMohawk Valley Center for the Arts welcomes Suzanne Richter Neusner, Rhinebeck, NY as the featured artist at the 401 Gallery Sunday, February 28 through Saturday, March 27, 2010.  A long time quilter, Neusner strives for designs that look fresh and never predictable. In addition to quilting, Ms. Neusner accepts commissions for original wedding hoppahs.