Monday, January 2, 2023

Kelly Adirondack Center: Layers of Autumn exhibition on display Jan. 8 to June 4

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The Kelly Adirondack Center and Union College Department of Visual Arts is pleased to present Layers of Autumn, an exhibition of paintings by Shriya Balaji ’23, Natalie Berg-Pappert ’23, Talia Coker ’23, Saliha Nazir ’23, Isabel Pacchiana ’24 and Emily Zucco ’23, students from Professor Laini Nemett’s Fall 2022 Plein Air Painting course at Union College. The exhibition opens on Sunday, January 8th, 2023, with a free public reception from 2 to 4 p.m., and will be on view through June 4th, 2023.

Following the storied tradition of plein air painting and its recent revitalization in the contemporary art world, Union’s Plein Air Painting course brought students outdoors almost every day to paint from life in nature. Layers of Autumn features paintings from a range of locations visited in this class, including Lock 7 Park on the Mohawk River; Jackson’s Garden and other sites on the Union College campus; and the Hudson River School favorite, Kaaterskill Falls, in Palenville, NY.  One collaborative two-panel painting in the exhibit was made collaboratively by every student in the class just outside the doors of the Kelly Adirondack Center.

The range of works in this exhibition represent the many unique ways artists can interpret a similar scene and be inspired by their relationship to the environment. Each student in this course is a major or minor in Studio Arts at Union College, some with additional concentrations. For several of them, this was their first oil painting course. Layers of Autumn was co-curated by Nemett and the six exhibiting students.

The former home of conservationist Paul Schaefer, the Kelly Adirondack Center was established in 2011 to offer exciting opportunities to advance Union’s understanding of the mountains, wilderness and waterways of the Adirondack Park and the New York State Forest Preserve. Its Adirondack Research Library features a unique collection of rare books, maps, photographs, documents and the personal papers of some of the region’s foremost conservationists.

Photo at top: Laini Nemett, John D MacArthur Associate Professor of Visual Arts – Painting and Drawing, Plein Air Painting Class, at the Kelly Adirondack Center at Union College on Monday, November 7, 2022, in Niskayuna, N.Y. The students were creating a painting that will be hung at the center as part of a show during the winter term. Photo provided by the Kelly Adirondack Center.

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