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Exhibition by Karen Burns Opens at Imagine That… Gallery Oct. 1
Silent Auction Oct. 2-10 Supports Craft Emergency Relief Fund

Throughout October, Imagine That…, the fine arts and fine craft gallery at 38 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, will feature landscape paintings by Syracuse artist Karen Burns, whose paintings and sculptures can be found in collections throughout the Northeast.

The show opens Oct. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m., as part of the village’s First Friday art night and Skaneateles’ annual Fall Fest Weekend. Refreshments and musical entertainment will be provided.

Burns has painted and exhibited her work for more than 30 years while also working as a graphic artist and illustrator, designing logos, posters, magazines and books.

For the last decade, she has focused primarily on oils and watercolor, working both in her studio and outdoors. She derives inspiration from the unique natural beauty and variety found in upstate New York’s landscape.

Also in October, Imagine That… will host a silent auction to support Craft Emergency Relief Fund+ Artists’ Emergency Resources (CERF+), which offers grants, loans and brokered assistance to craft artists suffering career-threatening emergencies.

“We will have a beautiful display of artwork donated in support of this important organization,” says Sarah Panzarella, co-owner of Imagine That…. “The artworks, along with sheets showing their current bid, will be on display Oct. 2-10. On Oct. 10, we will call the winners and send all proceeds to CERF+.”

Among the donated works are an etching by James Skvarch of Syracuse, 14-karat-gold sunstone earrings by Cole Sheckler of Ithaca, and a Flare Console table by Curviture Studio/Jason Green of Boone, N.C.

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, September 22nd, 2010 @ 5:35 pm by Curt
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Joyce Backus

Joyce Backus

Exhibition by Joyce Bond Backus Opens at Imagine That… Gallery Sept. 3

Imagine That…, the fine arts and fine craft gallery at 38 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, will feature new figurative artwork by Joyce Bond Backus throughout September.

The show opens Sept. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m., as part of the village’s First Friday art night. The longtime Skaneateles-area artist—known for her nature, figurative and whimsical paintings—will be in attendance and available to discuss her work. Refreshments and musical entertainment will be provided.

“My recent figure-drawing series combines the tradition of life observation drawing and experimental digital techniques,” says Backus. “I combine multiple hand-drawn images with my digital imagery, handmade paper, hand-written letters and found artifacts. These pieces reflect urban settings, architectural and natural environments.

“Each image created from my life figure drawings becomes a unique work in a series of related themes,” she explains. “My digital techniques have become drawing tools as much as my paintbrush or charcoal stick. I work to create an emotional connection to the art image. I enjoy the psychological element that happens between artist, life model and drawing surface.”

Backus’ jewelry designs are also shown at Imagine That…

Backus works from her home studio in Marietta, where she says she is inspired by “our beautiful area landscapes and my English gardens.”

She earned master’s degrees in illustration and environmental design at Syracuse University and teaches fashion design at SU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Her art can be viewed at www.joycebackus.com.

Imagine That… 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 the gallery at 685-6264.

Posted: Thursday, August 19th, 2010 @ 1:35 pm by Curt
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Imagine That… Gallery Opens Show by Glass Artist Phil Austin Aug. 6

An exhibition by Phil Austin of Snake Oil Glassworks will run throughout August at Imagine That…, the fine arts and fine craft gallery at 38 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. The show opens Aug. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m., during the village’s First Friday art night. Refreshments and musical entertainment will be provided.

Austin is known throughout the region for his handcrafted glass bowls, vases and pumpkins. Most of his works are done in the traditional way—freehand, without a mold. All are created at his hot glass studio on Jordan Road in Skaneateles.

The studio, built in 2004, houses a hot shop (where the furnace is located), a coldworking shop, and a retail store and gallery.

Austin, who designed and built all of the studio’s furnaces and ovens, characterizes his role there as head glassblower, equipment builder, maintenance supervisor and janitor, while his wife, Peg, oversees public relations, managing the store, and Austin’s show schedule.

“People are fascinated by the process of glassblowing, so we have open houses and do demos at the studio twice a year,” he says.

The process is a painstaking one.

Bowls, for example, take him two hours to create—one hour in preparation and one hour on the blowpipe. “It’s like working with 2,000-degree Play-Doh,” he says of the work, which he describes as performance art.

“It’s one-time through from start to finish. You don’t get to backtrack and fix things.”

Austin, who earned a master of fine arts degree in the glass program at the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology, also teaches design and drawing at Onondaga Community College.

Imagine That… is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call the gallery at 315-685-6264.

Posted: Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 @ 11:29 am by Curt
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Imagine That… Hosts Opening for Betsy Andrus Smith Oct. 2, 2009

Gallery also introduces Trollbeads Empowerment beads in October, donating 50 percent of sales to Komen for the Cure

Imagine That…, the new fine arts and fine craft gallery at 38 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, will host an opening reception Oct. 2 for an exhibition of paintings, jewelry and slumped glass plates by Seneca Falls artist Betsy Andrus Smith. The event, from 6 to 9 p.m., will offer an opportunity to meet the artist, along with refreshments and entertainment by The Usual Suspects, an old-time string band.

Smith, an award-winning painter, has exhibited at the Salon du Vieux Colombier Paris; Musee D’Art Moderne in Tonneins, France; and Agora Gallery and Abney Gallery in New York. Her work is currently featured in Manhattan Arts International magazine.

“My process opens with music, and the brush dancing to the music on the page, allowing the work to directly unfold from my soul,” says Smith. “It is spirited with experimentation of color, composition and physical form. I work directly from the experiences of a life as a woman painter, dealing with the emotions common to us as women, individually and collectively.”

The exhibit runs through the month of October.

Also during October, Imagine That… will donate 50 percent of the sale of Trollbeads’ pink-and-white Empowerment beads to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The Empowerment bead collection is being introduced in October to coincide with the 25th anniversary of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To broaden the beads’ appeal, Trollbeads has designed the collection to fit competitors’ bracelets as well as its own.

A Trollbeads bracelet will be raffled off at the art opening, with proceeds benefiting Komen for the Cure.

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 Imagine That… at 685-6264.

Posted: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 @ 4:11 pm by Curt
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Imagine That… Hosts Trollbeads Trunk Show, Opening for Dee SpragueImagine That… Hosts Trollbeads Trunk Show, Opening for Dee SpragueImagine That…, the new fine arts and fine craft gallery at 38 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, has two events planned over the coming weeks: a Trollbeads trunk show Aug. 28-30, 2009 and an exhibit of oil paintings and prints by Ithaca artist Dee Sprague opening Sept. 4. 

Trollbeads trunk showTrollbeads originated in Denmark in 1976—today there are more than 500 interchangeable beads in the collection, each with its own story. The beads are made from such fine-quality raw materials as 18K gold, sterling silver, Italian glass, natural pearls, precious stones and Swarovski crystal.Choosing among them, customers create their own one-of-a-kind bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings.

“The possibilities are endless,” says shop owner Sarah Panzarella. “We’re delighted to give our customers this opportunity to create their own works of art. When they leave, they will have a unique piece of jewelry that they’ll treasure for years.”

The first 25 customers who make a Trollbeads purchase each day will receive a free bracelet—or, if they already own a bracelet, a fifth bead free upon the purchase of four.

The show runs Aug. 28-30—Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. http://www.imagineskaneateles.com/

 

Opening reception for Dee SpragueAn exhibition of works by Dee Sprague—a self-taught oil painter from Ithaca—will open Sept. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. with a wine-and-cheese reception and music by The Usual Suspects, an old-time string band.Sprague’s paintings are often described as “enchanted dreamscapes—like something out of an antique fairy tale.” They include images of free-spirited mermaids, whimsical women, and lovable old-world animals.

“I feel extremely lucky that I am able to make my living doing what I love—painting,” says Sprague. “I choose joy in my life, and I put a bit of it into every piece I paint.”

 

Posted: Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 @ 11:14 am by Curt
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