Now on view at the Patchogue-Medford Library is the solo exhibit Paintings by Paul Jay Edelson. The series of abstract works are inspired by the artist’s appreciation for nature, specifically landscapes and seascapes. Through his artwork, Edelson strives to communicate his enthusiasm for the natural world as well as inspire a similar notion of feeling into his audience.[Read more…]
Now on view at the Patchogue-Medford Library is Disruption, a group exhibition featuring the artists of Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE). The exhibition, curated by FREE’s Director of Art Therapy Ed Regensburg, LCAT, consists of eight abstract paintings. The artists included in this exhibition are Maria C., Diane E., Mary Claire J., Christine K., Daniel K., Cheryl L., Alicia M. and John M.
FREE exhibitions feature dynamic works of art created by individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. The images in this exhibition are powerful and moving, both for the viewers and the artists. The works are testaments to the important role art has in self expression and empowerment. FREE believes that art is an expressive outlet that fortifies the artists successful, ongoing contributions to their communities. 2018 is the sixth year FREE has exhibited artwork at the Patchogue-Medford Library.
Get out of the cold and be inspired! For the month of December, the Patchogue-Medford Library is proud to present Inspired Images: Variety of Subjects, a solo exhibit featuring the watercolors and photographs by Karen O’Keefe.
About the Artwork
Karen enjoys taking pictures of nature. Some of her favorite subjects include the Long Island, Hudson River Valley and Pennsylvania landscapes. In addition to these panoramic views, Karen exhibits an eye for detail. Photographs like Macro Flower offer the viewer an up-close-and-person look at its subject matter. Here, the artist zooms in her macro lens on a purple flower that offers a detailed look at its structural anatomy. The artist makes sure to show off the anther and filament as well as the finely detailed petals for all to study.
Other works in the exhibition offer you an abstracted perspective that requires a minute or two of contemplation. Taken from the Hudson River Valley, one such piece is Temple of Love, Untermyer Park. Here it appears that the artist is standing underneath an oculus and has turned her attention upward. Twisted metal forms intricate patterns across the entirety of the picture plane.
About the Artist
Karen O’Keefe is a fine artist from Long Island, NY. Her artwork has been exhibited across Long Island and New York City with select exhibitions at Phoenix Gallery, North Shore Art Guild and Huntington Arts Council. She is a member of the Brookhaven Arts and Humanities Council, Women Sharing Art, Inc., North Shore Art Guild and the South Bay Art Association.
Inspired Images: Variety of Subjects, featuring the artwork of Karen O’Keefe, is on view now through December 31, 2017. A reception for the exhibition will be on Sunday, December 10, from 2 – 4 PM.
It is not easy to paint abstractly. It is not easy to consistently cope with the social stigma of having a developmental disability. But with hard work and determination, the artists of April persevere, inspire and impress.
Now on view at the Patchogue-Medford Library is Ascension, a group exhibition featuring the artists of Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE). The exhibition, curated by FREE’s Director of Art Therapy Ed Regensburg, LCAT, consists of eight abstract paintings. The artists included in this exhibition are Lisette S.A., Lauren E., Elizabeth G., Joseph M., Alicia M., Grant N., Daniel K. and Wendy S.
FREE exhibitions feature dynamic works of art created by individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. The images in this exhibition are powerful and moving, both for the viewers and the artists. The paintings are testaments to the important role art has in self expression and empowerment and the expressive outlet fostered by FREE’s Department of Art Therapy fortifies the artists successful, ongoing contributions to their communities.
According to Regensburg, the sky, water, and other natural elements are on display and form a connection between the world and the artists’ path to creativity. One artist in the exhibition is Alicia M. Her painting, Members Only, consists of vibrant oranges with bands of white. The materiality of the paint is apparent as the artist applies the acrylic material in abundance and makes little effort to conceal her paint strokes. The quick and heavily applied brushstrokes enhances the expressive value of the painting. In terms of color theory, orange represents enthusiasm, happiness, and determination and upon viewing the work, one is instantly inspired by its vibrancy and is fascinated by the artist’s rendering of paint. The broad bands of white are also appealing to the view as these form natural breaks, or resting points, for the viewer’s eye.
Another work in the exhibition is Rainbow Waterfall by Lauren E. The work inspires notions of royalty as Lauren E. pairs heavily applied gold paint within a purple border. Again, the materiality of the paint adds to the overall personality of the painting and the emotional expression it releases. Despite the apparent chaos at first glance, the work does have a sense of order. The artist borders her canvas with a deep purple and then applies a large section of blue that fills nearly the entirety of the composition. Atop the blue, the artist incorporates the gold paint that appears to explode over the canvas. This apparently emotional application of paint lends to the duality of the painting’s title. Like the viscous motions of a waterfall that inspire its natural beauty, Lauren E.’s brushstrokes enhances the overall aesthetics of the piece.
About The FREE
Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE), founded in 1977, benefits and supports more than 4,000 individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental illness and traumatic brain injury. It is the mission of FREE to assist individuals of all abilities realize their full potential. FREE provides a diverse array of supports and services including housing; employment; crisis services; education and after school support and more. For more information on FREE, visit http://www.familyres.org/
Ascension, a group exhibition featuring the artwork of FREE’s Department of Art Therapy Program participants, is on display at the Patchogue-Medford Library from April 1 – 30. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Wednesday, April 5, from 10:30am – 12:00pm.