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The Pratt House Artists Series Features 2018
March Featured Artists~
Pat Malin & Peter Rashford
Biography- Pat Malin
I am a failed artist. I used to think that way when I was in high school in Utica, NY, and testing my wings in art for the first time. I couldn't draw well, everything looked flat, uninspiring. I was discouraged and I stayed away from art for years. Instead, I poured my creativity into journalism.
I grew up in an urban environment in Syracuse and Utica. I obtained an associate's degree in Liberal Arts at Mohawk Valley Community College and went on for my B.A. in Liberal Arts-German at SUNY College Oneonta. That's where I first came to love spending time in a rural environment.
Later, I worked as a sportswriter for the Observer-Dispatch newspapers in Utica. In the 1980s, I stumbled onto sculpture. I began taking an occasional art class at MWPAI and was introduced to clay and stone.
Working with my hands and creating three-dimensional work proved to be the key to my love of art.
I set up a studio at home and began devoting more time to carving. At first, I would work in any medium I could find, such as birch wood. I began tinkering with feather rock. It was soft, cheap and an unknown material, but prone to breakage.
While taking classes at MWPAI, I ventured into marble. I found it more challenging and frustrating than any other medium, yet more rewarding. I think my few marble pieces are among my finest work.
About 15 years ago, I joined the newly-formed Erie Canal Woodcarvers Club, which is based in Westmoreland. I now spend my time making unique and smaller, one-of-a-kind, intricate woodcarvings that are open and airy. Hence, the title, Wavy~Wood.
Statement on the creative process
~ Pat Malin
Everything in nature is alive and rhythmic. I try to convey some motion and activity in my sculptures. I do not work from any pattern, just an idea that evolves from the shape of the wood or stone, but usually from admiring an animal or a scene in nature.
Many of my ideas come from spending time outdoors as a cyclist, cross-country skier, hiker and gardener.
As an owner of pet rabbits, I used to spend time playing with them and observing their antics, their muscles poised to run and leap, or just stretched out on the grass. They were the first subjects for my art.
While working as a sportswriter, I was constantly observing subjects in action. As an athlete myself, I tried to develop a technique to apply some motion to my art, which is why I strive to create carvings I call “Wavy~Wood.”
Artist Biography- Peter Rashford
359 Fisher Road • Cold Brook, NY 13324 • 315-826-5522
Peter began working in art at an early age. His mother created art and passed interest in the arts onto her son. She introduced and encouraged artistic skills. Since the first dabbles Peter has explored various media, techniques, and subjects. Peter exerts his artistic skills in a wide variety of medium. Especially adept at pen & ink, acrylics, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, colored inks and pencils, airbrush, serigraphy, computer generated images and animation.
While his artistic style matured Peter enjoyed viewing the works of the Old Masters. With strokes of inventive genius using brush and pen Leonardo DaVinci altered the course of civilization. The works of Salador Dali proved that offering works with unusual subject matter is an acceptable form of artistic expression. Peter then began a journey that transforms his imaginative visions into “Realistic Fantasy” art. His art leans toward realistic landscapes and wildlife, fantasy, and a dab of abstract.
Peter majored in art and math at Clinton Central School, Clinton, NY. He received an Associate in Applied Science degree in 1977 from Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, NY, majoring in Advertising, Design, and Production. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1979 from Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse, NY, majoring in Illustration. Peter is sole proprietor of the custom creative services business Midair Studio. Producing and distributing limited edition prints and serigraphs, original art, graphics, illustration, murals, graphic design, and video production.
Ginnie Trask Area Schools Juried Show
An opening reception from 6:30 to 7:30 PM on Thursday, April 5th. The public is invited to attend, admission is free. Light refreshments will be provided.
Joan Williamson & Bob Baungartner
An opening reception from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Thursday, May 3rd. The public is invited to attend, admission is free. Light refreshments will be provided.
Art is a Consuming Fire
Artist and Poet
I started painting at a very young age, encouraged by my Mother. We had only crayons and brown wrapping paper at first, but eventually that lead to tubes of oil paint, which were treasures from heaven to me. My Mother was in need of extra care so I ended up skipping extra activities at school and painting at home in my free time so I could be home to help her. I copied a Van Gogh sunflower at age 15 which I thought was just as good as the original at the time. I loved art best in high school and won several awards in the National Scholastic competition.
I've always painted as a source of personal joy and escape my entire life. I've learned to have a painting always in production at all times now. I took five art classes in college but they were just drawing and painting in general. I have a degree in English, graduating in 1973 from Loyola after almost 8 years of going part time and working. After moving to New York, I won first place in the Open Show at View in 1979, third place in the Open Show in 2003 and several ribbons at Dodge Pratt over the years.
I've been writing poetry my entire life and have a collection of over 175. It's strange to go back and read my thoughts from years ago and realize how much I've changed.
I love showing work here in this beautiful historic building that keeps the arts alive in Boonville, NY.
My oldest brother Bob was a master potter who lived in Boulder Colorado. He passed away suddenly while hiking Mount Sopris near Aspen in 2015. My husband David and
I went to Colorado to help settle Bob's affairs and David took it upon himself to personally transport all of Bob's surviving pottery back to our house in Constableville.
It was a rather scary venture, hauling them over rocky roads and railroad tracks in a UHaul, but they made it almost totally unscathed. We didn't know what was in the boxes until we opened them, which was an incredible joy. Bob was very well known in the Boulder area as a pottery teacher at the Boulder Potter's Guild. He has two pieces in permanent display in the Kirkland Museum in Denver. We have his masterpieces here. He was also the driving force behind the singles hikes Meetup group, which was one of the first such hiking groups in Colorado. He also did extensive hiking in Utah, seeing and going places where no other person set foot. He mostly went alone without any weapons of any kind besides a small knife. He was fearless and slept on the mountain by himself on the last night of his life. It's a pleasure to share some of his work with the people of Boonville. He often spoke of his dream that we could do a show together. Now the dream is a reality.
Bob and I lived very divergent lives but our intent with our art is very similar. Both of us have been driven by a force inside we could not control. Both of us were supposed to live other lives with other careers, me as an English teacher and Bob as a math teacher. Having the education, however, doesn't make a person mentally or emotionally capable of being a teacher. We weren't personally committed to that career even though we trained in it. Our inner voices have driven us into being artists. Bob was supposed to teach college math but kept taking pottery lessons and hiking the Rockies until he knew them like the back of his hand. I was supposed to teach English, but how could I when
I had no interest in it? Artists have fires in their souls to create art.
Both of us have emphasized and reacted to the extreme beauty of nature around us. We have had no choice but to express our joy and translate it into paintings, poems and pottery. Art by its very nature is meant to be shared and enjoyed. I hope our work inspires others who also feel that deep pull inside to create and express the beauty of the world around us in a creative way. Anyone can be an artist. If you feel the need to give it a try, do it. You won't be sorry. Self expression is a wonderful freedom everyone should enjoy. I'm very grateful for this opportunity to fulfil Bob's dream. Many thanks to JoAnn Ballard and the entire Dodge Pratt organization.
Val & Sandra DeVisser
An opening reception from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Saturday, June 2nd. The public is invited to attend, admission is free. Light refreshments will be provided.
Summer Youth Art Exhibition
An opening reception from 10:00 to 12:00 PM on Wednesday August 8th. The public is invited to attend, admission is free. Light refreshments will be provided.
An opening reception from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Thursday, September 6th. The public is invited to attend, admission is free. Light refreshments will be provided.
Pratt House Open Show
An opening reception from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Thursday, October 4th. The public is invited to attend, admission is free. Light refreshments will be provided.
Featured Artists Utica Art Association
An opening reception from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Thursday, November 1st. The public is invited to attend, admission is free. Light refreshments will be provided.