Tuesday, December 27, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Frank Woods River Arts, Morrisville

The Gallery at River Arts Presents:

Topographies by Frank Woods

January 19 – March 02

Opening Reception January 19, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant Street, Morrisville, VT

The Gallery at River Arts is pleased to present "Topographies" by Frank Woods at the River Arts Center in Morrisville, VT, January 19 – March 02, 2012. There will be an opening reception on January 19, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. "Topographies", featur landscapes and kimono in various degrees of abstraction, painted in oil on canvas and panel, and ranging in size from small (11 x 9) to large (60 x 36).

Frank Woods is a painter who was born in Vancouver and grew up in Montreal. He has a BA in Economics and Political Science from McGill University and a Master's degree in Library Science from Simmons College in Boston. His serious engagement with visual art began when he attended drawing classes taught by Bill Flynn at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He moved from Boston to Moscow, VT in 1975, and then to Montpelier in 1980. Until his recent retirement, Woods worked for the Vermont Department of Libraries, where he served as the film librarian and later as the director of the Talking Book Library for the Blind. For the past thirty five years, he has spent virtually all of his free time painting and drawing.

Although he is best known for his landscapes and Adirondack chairs, he also has a long-standing interest in the figure and in abstraction. For the past three years he has expressed this interest with paintings, drawings and mixed media work centering on abstract representations of kimono. For Woods, the kimono is a starting point giving way to exploration of surface design, with color and line never very far behind. In his landscapes, abstraction is likewise always just around the corner. In this respect there is a close relationship between kimono paintings and their landscape cousins. Each slides easily from the ‘real’ to an alternative, but structured, reality, akin to a schematic or an aerial map-like view.

The Gallery at River Arts is located at the River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant Street in Morrisville, VT. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. For off hours, please call River Arts: 802-888-1261. Admission is free. For more information, call or visit their website at www.riverartsvt.org.