Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Katherine Chwazik Lake George Exhibit Opening

Smallbany woodblock print by Katherine ChwazikThe Lake George Arts Project has announced a new exhibit featuring recent work by Katherine Chwazik, set to be on display at the Courthouse Gallery from March 7th through April 10th.

Through combined processes of printmaking, drawing, and sculpture, Katherine Chwazik creates layered architectural imagery from familiar surroundings of her native Capital Region. This recent work explores the meaning of home and place for herself, as well as current and former residents of Albany County. Chwazik interviewed a number of regional residents, gathering memories and emotional impressions, visiting the homes themselves to make observational drawings. While the drawings become the structure of a piece, the residents’ recollections guide her goal to capture the mood and experience of their homes.

Composite, etchings on linen and mixed mediaChwazik will exhibit series of etching-based wall sculptures and black and white woodcuts. One of the works in the exhibition, “Smallbany,” is a 7-foot woodblock print depicting a cityscape composite of a number of Albany’s notable buildings.

An opening reception is set for Saturday, March 7th, from 4 to 6 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Katherine Chwazik earned her M.A. from The College of Saint Rose, where she also completed her dual concentration B.F.A. in Art Education and Drawing and Painting. Her work was recently exhibited at Albany’s Architecture through Artists’ Eyes, Historic Albany Foundation, Albany; Algorithms, Scarlet Seven Fine Art Gallery, Troy, NY; Tchotchke, Nine Pin, Albany, NY; Fence Select, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY; Impressive, Albany Barn, Albany, NY; and Compound Fragments, Albany Center Gallery, Albany, NY. Her awards include a DEC Arts Grant / Individual Artist Commission in 2018 for Memory and Observation; A Mixed-Media Study of “Home”, and a Juror’s Choice Award for BUILT, through Historic Albany Foundation, 2017.

The Courthouse Gallery is located at the side entrance of the Old County Courthouse, corner of Canada and Lower Amherst Streets, Lake George, NY. The Courthouse Gallery hours during exhibitions are Wednesday through Friday 12 to 5 pm, Saturday 12 to 4 pm, and all other times by appointment.

Illustrations, from above: Smallbany, woodblock print, limited edition of three. 43 x 82 inches, 2019; and Composite, etchings on linen and mixed media. 36″ x 48″ x 6″, 2019-2020 by Katherine Chwazik.

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