KEENE VALLEY — Gallerist Martha G. Corscaden presents “Looking Out-Looking In” in the season closer opening today at the Corscaden Barn Gallery in Keene Valley.
The show, which runs through Sept. 2, features landscapes by Beatrice Bardin, Stephanie DeManuelle, Georgeanne Gaffney, Kate Gaudreau, Michael Gaudreau, Garrett Jewett, Bear Miller and Susan Mallory Sherman.
Kate and Michael Gaudreau have traveled to summer in the Adirondacks for the last quarter century or so.
Born and raised in the Baltimore area, she graduated from the University of Virginia with B.A. in studio art and art history.
Her art interests started in high school.
“I worked in art galleries and visual merchandising, especially visual merchandising, for many years,” Kate said.
“I was in visual merchandising for about 30 years. I've always used my design and art inclinations in my job. And along the way when I had the time, I would devote it to art work.”
A few years back, she shifted gears.
“And now I'm in the position where I can devote a lot more time to my art,” Kate said.
“I'm so thrilled to be able to get back to it. It's been in my heart and in my soul for so long, and it really feels good to be able to get back to it in a deeper way.”
She paints in gouache or mixed media with gouache on different surfaces — paper, clayboard and board.
“It's very convenient if I'm painting plein air, but I also just love the texture and the color of it and the hand of gouache, how it feels when I paint," Kate said.
"Each of those surfaces give a different effect, so there is some variety within that."
“Harusaki” and “Floating World” are two of her 15 works in the show.
Her work has been shown in juried exhibitions at the Circle Gallery of the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis, Md., and annual group exhibitions of the High Peaks Artists in Keene Valley.
“I zero in on a part of the landscape or even smaller part of the landscape where the design and the lines and the shapes intersect," Kate said.
Her work, oftentimes, reflect on her experiences in the Adirondacks.
“A lot if it is of my personal reaction to the landscape,” Kate said.
“They are not always recognizable places. It's much more intimate in a way.”
EXPRESSIVE & EMOTIONAL
In this show, her work includes inspirations from Bel Air, Md.
“A number of them are based on winter and what I see walking in the snow,” Kate said.
“They could be really anywhere. When I'm working on a piece I'm not even sure where it may take me.”
Her work is a bit more expressive than the others in the show.
“I'm not so driven to create a realistic depiction," Kate said.
"It's truly about expressing my personal observations and reactions and connections to the natural world and the beauty within it.
“It tends to be a little more emotional in that way.”
SUSAN MALLORY SHERMAN
Susan Mallory Sherman has traipsed to the Adirondacks in all seasons for more than 40 years.
She was an art director in various Boston publishing houses — Houghton Mifflin, Little, Brown and Company, and Charlesbridge Publishing.
Born in California and growing up between Washington, DC and Newport, Rhode Island, she studied painting with Ed Connolly and Richard Grosvenor.
She received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a MA from Harvard University.
“I've always done art,” Susan said.
“I can remember even in nursery school, I went to an early Montessori school in California and I vividly remember the art projects from those years. “
She made sculptures and finger paintings.
“I remember finger painting being really exciting to look at and how to decide the colors,” Susan said.
“From then on, my parents just encouraged me, and I took lessons all throughout growing up. I just always painted.”
At RISD, she majored in ceramics.
“I always painted on the side and then eventually stopped doing ceramics because it's so studio intensive,” Susan said.
“I've just been painting the last 30 years.”
In the show, she has a dozen-plus oil paintings of Adirondack landscapes including “Pitchoff Wind” and “Deep Woods, Gill Brook.”
“I come up in the summer and in the winter, usually, a couple of times,” Susan said.
“I spend the whole time I'm here drawing and painting. I do a lot more drawing here than painting, except for this summer right now where I've been painting a lot.
Her usual process is to work on her sketches all winter long back in Cambridge, Mass.
She has exhibited in group shows in the Adirondacks and solo shows in Cambridge.
In her artist statement, she writes:
“Drawing is my way of ordering the wild landscape of the Adirondacks. I use color and line to create paths for the eye through the scenes before me. The more I look and draw, the more I see and the more there is to paint.”
Before coming here, she hiked a lot in the White Mountains.
“But once I came to the Adirondacks, the White Mountains pale in comparison,” Susan said.
“It's so incredible here. It's just fantastic.”
She works in oil on canvas or on archival canvas boards.
“I like the transparency in the way you can layer the paint and the way it moves across the canvas is really important to me, how expressive you can be with the brush mark,” Susan said.
“So I kind of treat it as a combination of drawing and painting. I'm painting with a lot of line in my work and areas of color.”
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IF YOU GO
WHAT: "Looking Out-Looking In," a landscape show featuring the works of Beatrice Bardin, Stephanie DeManuelle, Georgeanne Gaffney, Kate Gaudreau, Michael Gaudreau, Garrett Jewett, Bear Miller and Susan Mallory Sherman.
WHEN: Opening reception is today from 4:30 to 7 p.m., Show runs through Sept. 2.
WHERE: Corscaden Barn Gallery, 58 Beers Bridge Way, Rt. 73, Keene Valley.