Thursday, March 10, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Kate Emlen and Frances Wells at BigTown Gallery in Rochester

Kate Emlen and Frances Wells: Maine Coast to Hudson River

Opening Reception & Artist Discussion, Saturday, March 12, 2011

Discussion 4 – 5, Reception 5 – 7

Exhibition dates: March 11 – May 1, 2011

BigTown Gallery is pleased to open its 2011 exhibition season with a tandem showing of recent work by the accomplished landscape painters Kate Emlen and Frances Wells. Emlen is a longtime Vermont and Maine Coast resident. For an equal span of years, Wells has lived and worked alongside the Hudson River. Now in their mid-careers, the distinct path each has taken to an unwavering focus on landscape results in work that transparently registers the artist's direct response to what is seen, but speaks, too, of our relationship with the natural world we inhabit, succinctly expressing how life lived in a particular region accumulates by its year-in, year-out, cycles of life, work, and season; it becomes part of us, and we carry it forward.

Image: Frances Wells, Grove of Trees, 2010, 20" x 36", oil on panel