Sharyn Finnegan: Evolution: Self-Portrait Retrospective and Recent Work

Evolution: Self-Portrait Retrospective and Recent Work, Sept. 6 – Oct. 1, 2011

Reception: Thursday, Sept. 8, 5-8

Sharyn Finnegan’s images come from the coasts of England, Iceland, Newfoundland, Denmark and around her NY and Vermont homes. Her work centers on focused observation of the subject, whether figure or landscape. The time this takes dictates the technique, working deliberately on still subjects in sunshine with oils or pencil, or working loosely in charcoal on more ephemeral subjects such as fog. Depending on the situation, Finnegan’s work can leap from 4″x 6″ to 30″x 40″ or larger, or from a very horizontal format to a very vertical one. She deliberately resists the easy packaging of consistent scale, shape or subject, believing that variability and complexity is closer to our real lives and her work must reflect this.

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Ival Stratford-Kovner: Horse Drawn

Horse Drawn

August 2-20, 2011

Opening Reception: August 4, 5–8 pm

Blue Mountain Gallery is pleased to present “Horse Drawn,” a series of drawings executed in charcoal, monochromatic pastel, oil stick and burnt sienna wash, by the artist Ival. The show opens August 2 and continues through August 20. A gallery reception is scheduled for August 4, Thursday, 5 – 8 PM. The artist will also be present each Saturday for the duration of the show to discuss her work.

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Joan Marie Kelly: Zones of Contact, The Public Art of Joan Marie Kelly

Zones of Contact, The Public Art of Joan Marie Kelly

July 12 – 30, 2011

Reception: July 14th 5-8pm

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Western Connecticut State University: MFA 2011

Western Connecticut State University

June 21 – July 9, 2011

The Opening Reception: Thursday, June 23, 5 – 8 p.m.

Graduate students in the M.F.A. program in Visual Arts at Western Connecticut State University will be exhibiting their thesis work at Blue Mountain Gallery in June and July. The Master of Fine Arts is the terminal degree for practicing artists, and the Thesis exhibition is the capstone experience of that program, demonstrating a personal direction and mastery in the work of graduating artists. This year’s Thesis class includes seven painters and three illustrators.

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Rosemary Dunbar: By Hand: Postcards from China and the Calligrapher’s Dream

By Hand: Postcards from China and The Calligrapher’’s Dreams

Reception: Thursday May 26th, 6-8pm

The works in this show are modest in scale emphasizing handmade intimacy and personal communication. In “Postcards from China” the souvenir Chinese postcards have a vintage, nostalgic feel. The monoprint technique used in painting reveals the limits of recollection as the image on the postcard is imperfectly printed onto the face of the postcard. Encrypted binary symbol messages on the front of the card replace the short, cheery sentences normally found on the back which detail the writer’s location and activities that are unique to that place. The postcard reminds the viewer that modern text messaging and encrypted communications with text and pictures on the internet are not really so far from the 140 character message found on increasingly obsolete picture postcards sent through physical public channels.

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Burt Van Deusen: Paintings and Drawings

Painting and Drawings April 26 – May 21, 2011

Reception: Thursday April 28, 2011 / 5 to 8 PM

In his first one-person-show at the Blue Mountain Gallery, Burt Van Deusen is showing work done during the past five years. The paintings and drawings are invented cloudscapes painted or drawn in a direct manner. The work reveals inventiveness and attention to where the paint takes imagination. All the work shown was produced in his studio, which he maintains in Springs, New York.

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Leslie K. Brill: Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location Mar 29 – Apr 23, 2011

Reception: Saturday, April 2nd from 3 to 6pm

Leslie K. Brill’s fourth solo show at the Blue Mountain Gallery celebrates locations in which she has divided her time over the last several years. She has grouped her work into three series, the first of which she calls “The Ithaca Series.” Brill spends a good part of her time in Ithaca, New York, and her paintings of trees that grace the area are treated in an energetic manner while remaining portrait-like in appearance. Also in this series are paintings of Slope Day at Cornell, works that humorously acknowledge the presence of academic and transient people who populate the city.

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Erica Prud’homme: Earth/Water

Earth/Water March 1-26, 2011

Reception March 3, 6-8 pm

Where earth and water meet, solid versus liquid spheres, we see the planet’s variety, its strength and its fragility. The threat posed by global warming, the recent tsunamis and the many floods around the world underscore our inability to control nature. Water’s depth and energy as it laps shores or sluices through valleys, the places where earth and water meet, demand our attention and respect.

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Barbara Segal: On Gardiner’s Bay – Paintings and Drawings

Barbara Segal’s exhibition, “On Gardiner’s Bay — Paintings and Drawings”, will be on view at the Blue Mountain Gallery from February 1 to 26, 2011. There will be an artist”s reception on Thursday, February 3rd from 5 to 8 pm.

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Janet Sawyer: New Work

New Work : January 4-29 – 2011

These new paintings have many elements familiar to those who know Janet Sawyer’s work, while they also embrace a more abstract persona. The new works exult the qualities her art has been recognized for such as: The “distinctive flatness in her simple block like presentation” described by Jonathan Goodman in his Art in America review.

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