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Imagine would like to invite you to an exhibition of paintings by Michelle Danforth, a painter and farmer in Ticonderoga, NY. Join us for an opening reception this Friday, September 2nd, 6:00 – 9:00pm, in conjunction with the Skaneateles Area First Friday events. Enjoy refreshments, live music, and meet the artist. Stroll the village and enjoy art, music and other events on a summers’ evening.

Michelle says about her paintings:

“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.

If you have any questions, please call the gallery at 315-685-6263, email us at info@imagineskaneateles.com, and our store hours are on the website at www.imagineskaneateles.com. You can also find us on facebook. Friend us there and keep up to date on new arrivals, new events and new artists

Posted: Thursday, September 1st, 2011 @ 9:46 pm by Curt
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