It has taken me a long time to write about this. Fourteen days to be exact. A friend of mine and I went over to the Village Gate. There was a special event going on we wanted to check out. Plus the Anderson Alley artist studios building right next door, was having an open house.We wanted to make it to Four Walls Gallery but ran out of time.
At Village Gate ArtPeace, a local non profit,was putting on an event. Shakedown, the exhibit of local works by teenagers from 34 local high Schools. Many of the works were vibrant and bold. Some had images of despair. I was pleasantly surprised with the variety of media including paintings in oil, watercolor, mixed media collage.Their were also some sculptural and ceramics work on display. The entire upstairs space of the Village Gate was full of works on display. I had been a substitute teacher for many of the teachers who had work on display. To find out more about ArtPeace or Shakedown go to http://artpeace.org/about.html.
Next door at the Anderson Alley Spring Fling there were several local musicians in each floor of the old warehouse space performing. There were several artists participating in the open house event with their studio's open for people to come see the work. I spent some time talking to a friend and colleague Nancy Valle, in her new studio space and her studio mate Pat Triviono.
Nancy is a experienced artist and arts educator having several years experience teaching locally through RCSD and School of the Arts as well as Genesee Community Charter school at RMSC.
Her current work is mostly ceramics and glass. She specializes in large outdoor ceramics for garden and outdoor ornamental. The work is bold, colorful and has textures you just want to touch. If you would like to see more of her work go to http://www.nancyvalle.com/NancyValle.com/Ceramic_Portfolio/Pages/sculpture.html
Nancy is also a talented glass artist and sells her work at several locations locally including. More Fire Glass and The Memorial Art Gallery's gift shop.
Pat is a talented oil painter work with figurative works. I have talked Advanced painting classes with her at the Creative workshop though instructor Fred Lipp. Her collection of work continues to grow. She uses bold imagery that borders between realistic and surreal.
It was a good night seeing many other artists, art teachers, art enthusiasts and colleagues that I had not seen in a long time.