The month of May opens with a great group show at State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca on Friday May 6, then an open studio from 10-3 pm at the Mink Gallery, 614 North Cayuga Street.
One week later I'm in Buffalo for the Echo Art Fair at the OSC Manufacturing, 1001 East Delavan in Buffalo NY. The first Echo was held at the old Central Train Station on Buffalo's East Side, then moved to other locations. Now it's back in what promises to be a great setting.
Feeling the weight of history these days, the untimely death of Cornell's president Beth Garrett, the passing of our son Dan three years ago last month, my mother three years ago this month, my father in June of 2014- feelings of nostalgia, as much as loss, and as I age, the sense of a limited horizon. So why not put some thoughts down?
The first real snowfall of the year has buried the sidewalks and trees, a beautiful sight- from indoors, of course. My collection of work on display through the end of the month in downtown Ithaca's CAP Artspace is a reflection of what I feel about the season; black, white, everything in between, muted colors but stark forms, creating a mix of sharp outline and deep softness. My paintings range from large reflections of walks up Cascadilla gorge to a view at Stewart Park, to smaller works on paper, sometimes a wash of black or gray, highlighted with small pen drawings.
Growing up in Buffalo, winter was a part of life for us, not something to dread as unexpected, but a seasonal reality to embrace. Ithaca, just three hours away, has been my home for 40 years, and I continue to respond to each change of season through my work.