KEENE VALLEY — Gallerist Martha Corscaden was asked for a long time to show “Vry’s big ones,” the large-scale art of her sister/artist Vryling C. Roussin.
“Vry’s Big Ones” opens today at Corscaden Arts & Barn Gallery in Keene Valley.
The exhibition runs through Labor Day and features the work of Roussin (1944-2004) and gallery artists Stephanie De Manuelle, Michael Gaudreau, Garrett Jewett and Bear Miller.
Guest artists are Monica Bradbury, John Hudson and Cinda Longstreth.
HONORING HER SISTER
“It’s quite a task,” Corscaden said. “Then, I got really inspired, and I said I would do that. This is my main show, and I will honor my sister.
“I have a range of selected large paintings. They are landscapes, except one is a figure. There’s a phase she went through, more natural, impressionist landscapes in the ‘70s.”
The next main grouping of Roussin’s paintings date from 1997 to 2000.
“So, it’s quite a contrast,” Corscaden said. “The latter pieces are much more contemporary, and they show quite a range of growth. It’s really kind of at the height of her painting near the end of her life.”
Stephanie De Manuelle doesn’t work as large as Roussin, but she’s working larger than usual.
“I can’t seem to manage it; the largest piece I have is 36 by 40 inches,” said De Manuelle, who teaches art and chairs the Fine Arts Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
“Martha recognized a bit of a different approach for me. I’m really thrilled to be able to show them.”
Three works are oil on canvas. The fourth is oil and charcoal on panel.
“It’s a little bit different result,” De Manuelle said. “It’s hard. As usual, they look like they can be landscape derived. They are all from the same piece of driftwood, sort of variations on a theme. It came from Keene Valley.