Nine Artists, Local and Not-So-Local
Confluence ends its second season with the “2017 Painting Invitational,” comprised of nine artists, local and not-so-local.
This show has been put together from a very personal vantage point by John Walker, Confluence’s main curator. Walker has brought in artists whose work he has known and admired since running Crusader gallery in upstate New York. Colin Cochran, Steven Perkins, and Wendy Ide Williams have all shared a time and place with Walker that he considers important to his life as an artist and arts administrator. Their work ranges from haunting figurative paintings (Cochran’s animals and birds exist in a kind of primal ectoplasm) to Williams’ playful abstractions. Steven Perkins was in the botanical art show earlier this season. He’ll show a plein air oil painting, one painted especially for the Invitational, and the first of a new series of studies in oil.
Allen Grindle, who was also in the Albany area when Walker was there, paints in watercolor and oils, spirit-laden works of earthly creatures and sky.
Just out of art school, Walker opened Crusader Gallery. He sees this show as a coming back around, and nod in gratitude to his mentor from those days, a seasoned arts administrator and entrepreneur, Leon Fried. As a young man Fried worked for his aunt’s Manhattan gallery, the Rose Fried gallery, eventually becoming the director of programs in the arts statewide for the State University of New York. He decided to take Walker under his wings, introducing him to several artists who have remained important to Walker. “I have thought of him many times over the past two years at Confluence; and even more as we have put this show of paintings together with some of our old friends.”
Well known and loved locally
Besides these four artists, Williams and Grindle still based in the Albany area, Perkins now in Maine, Cochran in Santa Fe, the five other artists included in the Invitational are painters whose work in some cases is well known and loved locally: Caryn King will show an animal portrait; Jen Violette, who has proven to be a favorite at Confluence, is expected to show new paintings with a cloud theme.
Ann Coleman is a master pastel artist. She was both a painter and gallery owner before her gallery got swept away by Irene––she now shows her pastel still lifes, landscapes and portraits at Eco-Tique Gallery and with the Vermont Pastel Society.
The show includes as well Shirley LeQuier’s watercolors (she’s the ninety year old mother of Bill LeQuier, glass sculptor and Readsboro resident) and Cherie Moran, also a watercolorist, whose abstracts are constructed from floral elements.
The 2017 Painting Invitational at Confluence gallery will run Sept 16th to October 29th. There will be an artists’ reception to which the public is invited on Friday, September 22nd, from 5-7pm.