Coded Messages [July 1 – August 29, 2020]
Now on view in the Claire Davidson Siegel Gallery is Coded Messages, a solo exhibition featuring the artwork of Jane Hartley. The exhibition, curated by John Cino, Program Director and Curator of the Patchogue Arts Council, consists of 10, oil on linen, still life paintings taken from the artist’s Flora, Fauna & Far East and Messages of Happiness series. In each work of art, Hartley explores the symbolic significance of specific objects in an attempt to encourage the audience to go beyond what they see on the surface to find a deeper meaning.
Hartley takes a traditional approach to her paintings, working in a style reminiscent of Dutch Old Masters, such as Pieter Claesz, Rachel Ruysch, and Johannes Vermeer. Like these artists, Hartley uses hand-ground pigments, lead primed surfaces, as well as black oils and glazes, which lends each work a certain richness and luminosity. Each painting blends this traditional, Western style of painting with the rich cultural symbolism of the Far East.
PAConnected: Coffee with the Curator and Artist
On Monday, July 20, Jane Hartley and John Cino virtually sat down to discuss the artwork in Coded Messages as well as Jane’s influences, process and inspiration. The conversation was recorded and can be seen on the Patchogue Arts Council’s Facebook and below.
About the Artist
Jane Hartley is a fine artist from Saint Simons Island, GA. She earned her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is a Signature Member of American Women Artists and is represented by the Williams Ris Gallery in Jamesport, NY. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally, with select exhibitions at Tucson Desert Art Museum (Tucson, AZ), Robert Lange Studios (Charleston, SC), and the South Street Art Gallery (Easton, MD). For more information on the artist, visit her website, www.janehartley.com.
About Patchogue Arts Council & Museum of Contemporary Art L.I.
The Patchogue Arts Council, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to encouraging, supporting, and promoting the arts of the greater south bay of the Town of Brookhaven. The Museum of Contemporary Art L.I. is the newly defined exhibition space of Patchogue Arts Council and is committed to strengthening the cultural fabric of Long Island. To learn more about the organization and museum, visit their website www.patchoguearts.org.
About the Gallery
The Claire Davidson Siegel Gallery is the exhibition space of the Patchogue-Medford Library and is located on our lower level. Managed by our experienced staff, the gallery features six professional exhibitions per year by local artists and Long Island organizations. In 2018, the gallery was named in honor of Claire Davidson Siegel, an artist, advocate for the arts, and President of the Patchogue-Medford Friends of the Library.