Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Frances Gaffney Selected Works At barVino

Expansion-EvolutionforbarVinobarVino on Main Street in North Creek will be showing original watercolors, pastels and oil paintings by Frances Gaffney during the month of March. A reception to meet the artist will be held on Friday, February 27, from 5 to 7 pm. Jeffrey Schanzer will be improvising on classical guitar. 

During the summer of 2014, Frances served as Artist-in-Residence at the Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb. The works displayed at barVino are a selection of pieces from the series about the nature of consciousness that were created during the residency.

Gaffney’s paintings and drawings include representations of the Adirondack landscape overlaid with surrealism. For example, in the painting titled “Expansion – Evolution” a large Chrysanthemum floats high above Blue Mountain Lake. It expresses the idea that evolution is not linear but more like the opening of a flower, with petals reaching out in many directions at once.

Frances divides her time between living and working on a houseboat, on the Hudson River in New York City, and at a camp in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. She has been painting since 1974. After attending the Fashion Institute of Technology she worked in New York as a textile designer; both as a free-lance artist and as a full-time print designer in a commercial studio.

To learn more visit her website.

barVino is located at 272 Main Street in North Creek. Hours are Sunday: 4 – 9 (kitchen 4 – 8) Tuesday – Saturday: bar opens at 4 pm (kitchen 5 – 9) Closed on Mondays.

Illustration: Evolution – Expansion, watercolor on paper, 16 x 17 inches by Frances Gaffney.

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