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Grant Dolge Exhibition Opens at Imagine   An exhibition of watercolor and soft pastel paintings by Tully artist Grant Dolge will open 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 at Imagine, the fine arts and fine craft gallery at 38 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles.   The opening is part of Skaneateles’ First Friday celebration. Refreshments will be provided, along with entertainment by the Usual Suspects. The exhibition runs through December.   Dolge, the owner of Dolge Studio, paints landscapes from his travels in Italy, England and France, along with landscapes of Central New York. Other subjects include florals, seascapes, abstracts and still life.   Although he has worked in a variety of mediums, he explains that soft pastel “is my most recent passion…because it’s a medium that provides immediate color results.”   In creating his soft pastels, Dolge uses strongly colored paper made in France and Italy specifically for pastels, and several different brands of pastels, some of which are handmade.   Dolge earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology. After graduation, he studied with Fritz Trautman of the University of Rochester, “whose color theory of arranging a palette based on color wavelengths has influenced my painting the most,” he says.     This will be Imagine’s last show of the season; exhibitions and openings will resume in May 2013.   The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, with extended holiday hours Dec. 12-24 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christmas Eve day).   For more information, call 315-685-6263 or go to www.imagineskaneateles.com or www.facebook.com/imagineskaneateles.  

Posted: Friday, November 23rd, 2012 @ 7:45 pm by Curt
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Jeremy Randall Exhibition Opens June 1 at Imagine

Imagine, the fine arts and fine craft gallery at 38 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, will host an opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. June 1 for “Form and Landscape: New Work by Jeremy Randall.” The event is part of Skaneateles’ First Friday celebration. Entertainment will be provided by the Usual Suspects, an old-time string band.

The exhibition, on view through June 30, marks the first time that Randall’s architectural ceramic vessels will be paired with his landscape drawings.

“Landscape has become increasingly important to me, both in my work and in my life,” says Randall, of Tully. “From the rural architectural forms that populate the landscape I call home, to the land that we live on and are sustained by, I am realizing more and more that we need to be rooted in the land.”

Randall’s work was recently selected for inclusion in a November show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He also has exhibited this year at Craftboston Spring, Baltimore Clayworks, the Paradise City Arts Festival in Northampton, Mass., and Studio 550 in Nashua, N.H.

Altogether, his works have been shown in more than 60 exhibitions nationwide; images have appeared in Ceramic Arts Daily, Clay Times, Ceramic Review, Stone Canoe, and “500 Vases” and “500 Cups” (Lark Books).

Randall uses color to elevate forms to be celebrated, while conjuring the nostalgia for something old that is still recognized today. His drawings combine graphite and acrylic paint on panel. The colors relate to his ceramic work, and lend a soft energy to the landscape being referenced.

“Familiarity evokes memory, and I look to this association to present nostalgia through form,” Randall says. “My reference to rural American architecture and antique rural implements places the viewer in a familiar setting that is layered with time, function and history, while color creates celebration in these iconic objects. Vessel forms tie these objects back to the domestic space, enriching one’s living environment while allowing for quiet contemplation and the reminder of a simpler time.”

Randall, recognized by Ceramics Monthly as an Emerging Artist for 2009, is digital imaging/web specialist and head of installations at Imagine, studio manager and visiting professor of art at Cazenovia College, and adjunct professor of ceramics at Syracuse University, his alma mater.

His work is held in the permanent collection of the Southern Illinois University Museum and the private Meyerhoff Collection in Baltimore. In addition to Imagine and Gandee Gallery locally, he is represented by galleries in Montana, Ohio, Georgia and Massachusetts.

Imagine is located in the lakeside village of Skaneateles, nestled in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York. It represents artists from across the country and Canada, along with many Central New York artists, to create one of the most diverse contemporary art collections in the area.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 315-685-6263 or go to http://www.imagineskaneateles.comor http://www.facebook.com/imagineskaneateles. Randall’s works can be seen at http://jeremyrandallceramics.com/.

Posted: Sunday, May 20th, 2012 @ 10:26 am by Curt
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Michelle Danforth Exhibition Opens at Imagine

Landscape paintings by Michelle Danforth will be featured throughout the month of September at Imagine, the fine arts and fine craft gallery at 38 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles.

The exhibition opens Sept. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m., as part of the village’s First Friday celebration. Refreshments will be provided, along with entertainment by the Pond Creek Bogstompers.

“I am very much interested in what ‘living rural and being as self-sufficient as possible’ mean in today’s society,” says Danforth, who is a full-time farmer in Ticonderoga, N.Y. “My current paintings and drawings are representations of my deep passion for the rural landscape.

“My work is based on a broad sense of everyday experiences,” she says. “Through my work, I express my feelings for the location and the wonders of nature that I encounter along the way.”

Danforth tries to bring her experiences of peace within the landscape to the viewer.

“I travel often to be in contact with the silence of nature, to allow myself to be taken over by impulse and instinct, using my trained eye to capture the beauty that surrounds me,” she says. “In my images, there exists a sense of solitude and silence that translates into a moment of being present with nature that can be shared with the viewer.”

On her North Country farm, Danforth in surrounded by a menagerie of animals—Jersey cows, pigs, goats, chickens, Swedish ducks, and her beloved Cotswold, Leicester, Lincoln and California Red sheep.

Danforth studied art at Cornish College of Fine Art, in Seattle, where she earned a bachelor’s degree, and at Vermont College of the Arts, in Montpelier, where she earned a master’s degree. She has taught Pre K-12 art, gifted and talented classes, and college courses, and has served on a committee for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Imagine is located in the lakeside village of Skaneateles, nestled in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York. It represents artists from across the country and Canada, along with many Central New York artists, to create one of the most diverse contemporary art collections in the area.

The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 315-685-6263 or go to http://www.imagineskaneateles.com.

Posted: Friday, August 19th, 2011 @ 9:42 pm by Curt
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Barry Darling Exhibition Opens at Imagine Barry Darling Exhibition Opens at Imagine

 

Paintings by Tully artist and educator Barry Darling will be featured throughout the month of August at Imagine, the fine arts and fine craft gallery at 38 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles.

The exhibition opens Aug. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m., as part of the village’s First Friday celebration. Refreshments will be provided, along with entertainment by the Pond Creek Bogstompers.

Darling, who was director of the Department of Art at Henninger High School for almost 30 years, has been an adjunct assistant professor of art at Le Moyne College since 1990.

In addition to one-man shows locally at the Everson Museum of Art, Eureka Gallery and Le Moyne College’s Wilson Gallery, he has had exhibitions at the Castle Gallery in New Rochelle, Fenton Moore Fine Arts in Buffalo, and Waxlander/Khadoure and Adieb Khadoure Fine Art in Santa Fe, N.M.

Darling’s recent work involves acrylic color, acrylic medium on canvas and paper, and random use of ink transfers and acrylic pastes.

“Ultimately, I am intrigued by the impact of the image, and secondly by an inferred story or ‘view’ from the contemplative act of manipulating familiar colors and images, and hopefully discovering a little somethin’ along the way,” he says. “It’s the small revelation that keeps me involved. There’s an excitement in standing aside and letting things happen.”

Imagine is located in the lakeside village of Skaneateles, nestled in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York. It represents artists from across the country and Canada, along with many Central New York artists, to create one of the most diverse contemporary art collections in the area.

The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 315-685-6263 or go to http://www.imagineskaneateles.com.

Posted: Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 @ 5:52 pm by Curt
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Exhibition by Michael DiGiorgio Opens at
Imagine That… Gallery Nov. 5

Nationally recognized nature artist Michael DiGiorgio—known for bird paintings that emphasize the character of the bird and its relationship to the environment—will show his works at Imagine That…, the fine arts and fine craft gallery at 38 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, throughout the month of November.

The show opens Nov. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m., with refreshments and musical entertainment provided.
The event is part of Skaneateles’ First Friday art night.

DiGiorgio, of Madison, Conn., has been painting birds since the age of 5. His paintings and drawings have appeared in a variety of nature books and journals, including “Wildlife Conservation Society Birds of Brazil: The Pantanal and Cerrado of Central Brazil,” “The Breeding Bird Atlas of Connecticut and of New York,” “Master’s Guide to Birding,” “Audubon Field Guide to Birds (Eastern and Western Regions),” Audubon Magazine and Audubon Nature Yearbook.

He also has painted numerous covers for Bird Watcher’s Digest and has been featured in Sanctuary magazine, a Massachusetts Audubon publication. Currently, he is illustrating bird plates for “The Birds of South America, Vol. III,” with Robert Ridgely and Guy Tudor.

DiGiorgio won the first-ever endowment award from the Academy of Natural Sciences, in 2004, in recognition of his bird illustration work. The award was given in memory of Don Eckelberry, under whom he studied.

DiGiorgio, whose style reflects his keen observations in the field, is committed to painting from life. He has traveled extensively to create field sketches of birds, plants and habitat from Central America, the West Indies, Trinidad and the Outer Islands of Britain. In addition, numerous trips to the western United States and national parks have allowed him to record a full range of American birdlife.

DiGiorgio holds a master’s degree from Wesleyan University.

Imagine/Imagine That… is located in the lakeside village of Skaneateles, nestled in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York. It offers a distinctive collection of fine and handcrafted jewelry, blown glass, pottery and painting, as well as other unique gifts for special occasions.

The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 315-685-6263 or go to http://www.imagineskaneateles.com.

Posted: Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 @ 8:18 pm by Curt
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