For Bill Graziano sculpture has always been his greatest interest. Devoting his time and energy, working with a variety of materials and examining an object in relation to light, subject and anything else around it. Context and subtlety determine the way of rendering, constructed on geometric principles, ambiguity and the subconscious.
His current sculptural work, forged iron, employs traditional blacksmithing techniques, attempting to express poetic ideas in the mind and open the way to creating an expressive abstraction of patterns, imitating life rhythms and motions in nature. His work is not the prevailing conventional wisdom of environmental conditions, but rather a convergence of artistic personality
Tjok Gde Arsa Artha, Director of the Pomona Cultural Center, Pomona, NY
An exhibit of paintings by three women artists will open the Amity Gallery season. Each interprets the forces and forms of Nature in her own way.
Rebecca Pry brings it into her world of imagination and whimsy–taking the viewer on a journey filled with saturated colors and patterns. She received a BFA from Rhode Island school of Design and her work has been published and used as design motifs in home goods and accessories. “As an artist in Warwick, I am never far from the source of my inspiration–as John Muir put it so perfectly, “The mountains are calling and I must go.”
Zoe Cone, who grew up in Warwick, works in a variety of media creating paintings and drawings based on fleeting moments, personal experiences and surroundings. “My wish is not to portray an exact replica of a dream for the viewer to fully comprehend, but rather create an environment that is familiar, though mutated.” She received a degree in visual arts from SUNY New Paltz.
Julia Grosso received a BFA from Syracuse University. Her inspirations reside in her connection to the Earth’s destructive reactions. She is intrigued by nature’s follow-up process of healing, growing back, and becoming new. These features apply to all forms of life on Earth. ”The process of making is the most important part of my work. While creating, I draw inspiration from my emotions and self-reflection. The rapid flux of my own feelings lends itself to action-based art making.”
This exhibition has been organized by Judy Duboff and RyyA Bread to commemorate and celebrate four generations of creative visual ‘generation’ by women in their maternal line: Grace Epstein (aka Meema) (born 1894), Elizabeth Duboff (born 1919), Judy Duboff (born 1945) and RyyA. Bread (born 1970).
“An eclectic collection of artwork made at various times in our respective lives. It is our desire to hang this work together and to share the creative threads that run through four individuals who have overlapping and overlaid experiences of place and family; and have been influenced and loved by one another.”
This exhibition is not put forward as examples of refined, finished or accomplished fine art – but rather as a testimony to the value of creative ‘generation’ in one’s life. What this work shows is an interest in using art to celebrate and commemorate significant places, relationships and events – where this interest has been nurtured, sustained and gained momentum as it has been passed through four generations. As such, it can be seen as a familial work in progress spanning over 100 years…
Roslyn Fassett and Linda Rahl Nadas exhibited their paintings and sculptures together fifteen years ago in the Atlantic Gallery in New York City. They chose to show their work together because they believe their work echoes each others.
Once Again, their show in September at the Amity Gallery, will bring them together again. Ms. Fassett has combined pencil drawing and watercolors of women in motion interwoven with paintings of some of the favorite flowers growing in her garden – delphinium, parrot tulips and scarlet poppies. She is a graduate of the Cooper Union and is a member of the Prince Street Gallery. She has taught African art history at SUNY Purchase.
Ms. Nadas has an MFA from Alfred University and has taught at OCCC, in public schools and in her studio. Her one of a kind pottery forms and sculptures will be on display at the gallery. She says of her work: “I create with clay in a spontaneous way. By using form, texture, space, line, movement, color and light, my works become personal statements based on laws of chance. I expect viewers to translate in their own way whatever they may see.