Thursday, January 9, 2014

Winter Air Exhibition at View

W001View will bring the magic of winter to life in the January 18 opening of Winter Air, a juried exhibition of 118 works by 58 national and international artists in the Community Gallery.

An opening reception for the event will be from 4 P.M. to 6 P.M. on Saturday, January 18. Wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres will be available and the reception open to the public.

The Winter Air exhibition will be complemented by three other art exhibitions that will also be featured at the opening reception. Paintings by Chris Baker titled “London and France” will be on display in the Atrium and Balcony galleries. Baker’s paintings convey a sense of light reminiscent of the great American painter Edward Hopper. His paintings – in gouache – are vignettes that reveal the underlying and often overlooked magic that can be found in the everyday.

A long time arts educator and resident of Weedsport, NY, Chris Baker is represented by the Oxford Gallery in Rochester, NY and Meibohm Fine Arts in East Aurora. He has shown extensively throughout Central and Western New York, and is a several time award winner in the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors.

The Foley Gallery will have paintings by Drayton Jones, titled “33 Watercolors”. Drayton Jones paints the environs of Central New York and beyond in light, expressive gestures and washes of color. He exhibits a fanciful and minimal nature for capturing the landscape in his work that clearly expresses his love of the process of painting in watercolor.

Jones is a member of the CNY Watercolor Society and has exhibited throughout the area. He is a regular participant in View’s Plein Air Paint out and has had work featured in the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors.

Additionally, in the Vandervort Gallery will be new paintings by Amy Mclaren titled “Push and Pull”. McLaren’s paintings are whimsical allegories that explore loss and control of identity.  Composed in a style that pays homage to the likes of Norman Rockwell and Odd Nerdrum, the works maintain both absurd and melancholic undertones of the push and pull that life brings.

Amy Mclaren is an artist and educator residing in Rochester, NY. She is shown widely throughout the Northeast and is represented by the Oxford Gallery in Rochester, NY.

The Admission for the Winter Air Exhibition, on display through April 27, is $6 or $3 for members. Groups of 10 or more will be discounted by $2 per person. Children under 12 are free. To learn more about View, visit or call View at 315-369-6411 x201.

Illustration: “Froze In” by photographer Dale Wolf (Blue Mountain fire tower).

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