Monday, January 26, 2009

Art, art and more art - second installment!

This second installment finally brings me to the present and our latest show which just opened last Friday, this time at the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca in their lovely gallery space. The ladies from the church did an excellent job of hanging our art!

Above are Gilbert and Frank getting the space ready for the opening reception.

I had two paintings in this show and several of my photographs. Above is a painting of a male nude I did years ago, displayed in an antique frame an artist friend of mine graciously gifted me with.

The next painting, 'Candles and Bare Branches', I painted specifically for this show after a photo I took during an art gathering at Frank's home this past fall.

The multi-talented (she is also a biologist and she paints beautiful silk scarves) Paulina Melechkina recently created another gorgeous painting titled 'From the Distance'. It shows a Middle Eastern woman, head covered in a scarf and seated before a brilliant blue paisley wall design holding out her freshly hennaed hands.

A call maybe to learn more about a to us very foreign culture we have had all too negative impact on before really understanding it! It was hung next to her portrait of Benazir Bhutto - very appropriately in my opinion! Well, maybe we have a chance to have a more positive effect under the current administration - we can only hope!

Anne Parker Bloom exhibited a series of paintings representing the progression of the numbers 1-6 as expressed by groups of people she painted during her journeys in New Mexico and South America. Here is 'Four in Olde Towne', 4 older gents relaxing in the shade of a park bench in Albuquerque NM.

Incidentally, Anne has had a solo show some time ago in this same space. She has done many beautiful paintings I hope to show here in the future - maybe even with some of her wonderful poetry, if she permits me!

Sheri D'elia, one of our founders who is a very talented digital artist as well as a painter showed several of her digital works. Here is my favorite, it is titled 'Whole' and it has always had a deep effect on me.

Frank Muller, also one of our founders, is an accomplished photographer and here are two of the many beautiful nature scenes he is famous for. Above is one image from his series of "The ever changing moods of Lake Cayuga" and below is a lovely digitally enhanced winter scene.

Frank does not like to name his images as he does not want to influence his viewers in any way. He has a deep interest in nature and his images are often very lyrical in their expression. This winter scene is one of my favorites!

Above is a view of the gallery space with some of our visitors. Though we were not mobbed quite like at our opening debut in October the show was very well attended and seemed well received. It will be open for about 6 weeks.

Now you know what has kept me from blogging recently. I promise I will be good and post more regularly in the future as I have promised myself to make more art as well. I will keep you posted on my progress in both areas!

1 comment:

Paulina said...

you are too kind!
I love your candle painting. Having seen both the painting and the photo, I say the painting is the superior of the two.