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                                               The Pratt House Artists Series Features 2017

February~

Rhonda Vigus Exhibition

“Strokes of Midnight”

February 16~ March 8, 2017

An opening reception from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Thursday, February 16th.  The public is invited to attend admission is free.  Light refreshments will be provided.  

The exhibition will be open to the public through March 8th during regular Center hours.

This will be Rhonda’s first art exhibit, she states. “It really all started about 20 years ago.  I was stuck at home during a snow storm and decided to paint some big apples on my white kitchen walls.  So I did.  When I showed people what I had done, someone asked me to paint in their home.  Then another request and another until I was painting in homes and businesses from New Hartford to Newport to Rome to Boonville, everything from an accent wall to complete murals.   I kept up my painting business while still working full time at a credit union in Rome.  I finally decided that wearing overalls and tee shirts was more fun than a business suit, and I became a full time artist.   

In 2006, I was diagnosed with lung disease and was put on oxygen 24/7.  Climbing ladders and scaffolding was not an option when dragging along oxygen tubing.  So I switched to painting furniture.  I would shop at garage sales, thrift shops and auctions, buying old and tired pieces of furniture and restoring them with fun and unique painting designs.  There’s only so much room in a house that you can hoard old furniture and space was at a premium in our new home, so I put my brushes to rest. 

A year ago my husband, Ken, a retired firefighter, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Since his diagnosis he has been in and out of the hospital a couple weeks every month receiving treatment.  Being home alone, and stressed, I needed something to relieve the stress and put my mind to another use than to worry.  I brought out the paints and some canvases I had stored away.  Returning back to my desire to paint has been the best medicine for me.  I don’t paint during the day. I paint at night…late at night, and into the wee hours of the morning.  My husband, Ken, calls me the strokes of midnight.  

I get my inspirations from photographs friends share on social media, from memories of wonderful places I’ve been and by just looking out the window.” Rhonda

 

March

Ginnie Trask Area Schools Juried Show

An opening reception from 6:30 to 7:30 PM on Thursday, March 16th.  The public is invited to attend, admission is free.  Light refreshments will be provided.  

 

April

Featured Artists

 “The Other Side of the Mountains”

Stephen J. Fletcher

An opening reception from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Thursday, April 6th.  The public is invited to attend, admission is free.  Light refreshments will be provided.  

                                                           It seems as long as I have been involved in the arts, I have been chasing the mysteries of light and shadow.  Light has always intrigued me in the way it lands, bends and reflects on water, objects, animals and people.  In my paintings, I incorporate mood as well as a sense of place and time in contrasting shapes, colors, light and shadow.  Ever since I was young, I have had a fascination with the Adirondack Region and its’ inhabitants.  Therefore, many of my works involve the many subjects within.  In each piece, I like to tell a tale in which the viewer can develop their own story.  I work within my moods.  My paintings may reflect my political views, regional assumptions, religion or anything that peeks my imagination.   I like to reflect the sad, heartfelt, sarcastic, tragic, disturbing and sometimes humorous life and times in the mountains.  I sincerely hope that in viewing my work, each person can bring away with them a feeling and mental image of a tale that effected them in some way. 

 

May

Featured Artists

Jennifer DeVenezia Exhibition

“Snapshots Along The Way”

An opening reception from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Thursday, May 4th.  The public is invited to attend, admission is free.  Light refreshments will be provided.  

Artist Statement:

     My love of photography began in my freshman year of high school. I would borrow my mother's old Brownie camera and take photos of my classmates and teachers. I am primarily self-taught, and am learning all the time.  Although I have my favorite subjects (sports and nature themes make up the majority of my shots) I consider myself to be "photojournalistic".  I bring my camera with me nearly everywhere I go, and capture whatever images catch my eye.

   I have exhibited my work in several  area galleries and art shows, including Rome Art and Community Center's Regional Art Show, Cooperstown Art Association's National Art Show,  Munson-William-Proctor Art Institute's annual Sidewalk Art Show, Utica Art Association's Rural Life and Tri-County Art Shows, and various showsat Old Forge, Kirkland, and Dodge-Pratt-Northam Art Centers.

  "To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." - Elliott Erwitt
 

 “Best of Boonville” June Art Show

2017 Theme “My Study”

An opening reception from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Thursday, June 1st.  The public is invited to attend, admission is free.  Light refreshments will be provided.  

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July

Featured Artists Ellen Cieniewicz & Poly Blunk

An opening reception from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Thursday, July 13th.  The public is invited to attend, admission is free.  Light refreshments will be provided.  

 

August

Featured Artists Joanne DeStefano

An opening reception from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Thursday, August 3rd.  The public is invited to attend, admission is free.  Light refreshments will be provided.  

 

September

Featured Artists Maxine Kohler

An opening reception from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Thursday, September 7th.  The public is invited to attend, admission is free.  Light refreshments will be provided.  

 

October

DPN Open Show

An opening reception from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Thursday, October 5th.  The public is invited to attend, admission is free.  Light refreshments will be provided.  

 

November

Featured Artists Utica Art Association

An opening reception from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Thursday, November.  The public is invited to attend, admission is free.  Light refreshments will be provided.