Location, Location, Location features three distinct perspectives in landscape painting:
Joshua Brehse, inspired by the landscape and history surrounding his home in NY state’s Upper Hudson Valley, creates unique sculptural three-dimensional paintings molded from wood and encaustic paint.
Matt Chinian’s intimate, painterly and refreshingly unpretentious plein air works are inspired by both urban and rural sites near his home in Washington County, and throughout upstate New York.
Through her dramatic narrative paintings, Kellyann Monaghan, like a weather reporter with an eye on real-time current events of environmental disasters from floods to fires, records the impacts of our changing climate.
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 13, 4 – 6 pm.
This event is FREE and open to the public.
Gallery Hours: Tues – Fri 12 – 5 pm, Sat 12 – 4 pm.
Joshua Brehse’s recent works contain encaustic paint on hand-cut pieces of wood assembled into a variety of configurations. These three-dimensional, irregularly-shaped works range from descriptive to abstract, all rooted in landscape. He says: “Throughout my career the landscape has been my primary inspiration. For over fifteen years I have been incorporating the unique characteristics of encaustic paint (beeswax) into my work and continue to find new applications for this incredibly versatile and seductive medium. Being a lifelong resident of the Hudson River Valley, I am very much drawn to the long history of American landscape painting and see my work as part of that continuum.”
Josh Brehse earned his BFA in Painting from Boston University and MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College, Montpelier, VT. His work has been exhibited at a number of galleries throughout the Northeast region, including Gallery at Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, NY; Andrea Keogh Gallery, Litchfield CT; Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY; Atwater Gallery, Rhinebeck, NY; Hudson Mohawk Regional at the Hyde Collection, Glens Falls (2013); Albany Institute of History, Albany NY; Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY; Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock, NY; Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme CT; Vermont College, Montpelier, VT; The Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY ; Boylan Gallery, Rhinebeck; and the Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY.
Matt Chinian is a prolific landscape painter, working in oil. Matt travels throughout upstate New York seeking subjects – both urban and rural. Working quickly on site (usually less than 2 hours per painting) allows him to capture fleeting atmospheric light conditions. He says: “Like a reporter I record time and place of my wanderings around Upstate New York and New England. I find places and scenes that fascinate me: quiet woodland or gas station, farmland or industrial site, places I see in passing, sometimes from the corner of my eye often times easily overlooked. This is where I find the beauty and the sublime.”
Matt Chinian earned his BA in Sculpture and painting at Bennington College, Bennington, VT and 1988 MFA in Sculpture and Drawing at the University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany NY. His work has been exhibited at many venues throughout the region, including The Laffer Gallery Schuylerville NY; Amp Galleries, Saratoga Springs NY; Landscapes for Landsake, Coila, NY; Saratoga Springs Public Library; Folk Life Center, Crandall Library, Glens Falls, NY; Salem Art Works, Salem, NY; Saratoga Springs Visitors Center; Uncommon Grounds, Albany, NY; Goodrich Gallery, Williams College, Williamstown, MA; Munson Williams Proctor, Utica, NY; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; SUNY Albany, Albany, NY; and The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY.
Kellyann Monaghan’s dramatic paintings and mono-prints are inspired by nuances of light, atmosphere and weather. Her recent works maintain a painterly directness in depicting catastrophic weather and its effect on the landscape and human made structures, evoking a sense of both anxiety and awe of natural phenomena. She says: “Stormy weather and extreme climate conditions permeating the natural landscape have become a new trajectory in my painting. The surface of the paintings erupts with textured and expressive gestural marks, which are depictions of radical weather events. The weather is instinctive inspiration for my tendencies as an alla prima (wet on wet) painter.”
Kellyann Monaghan earned her BFA in Painting from Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA and MFA in Painting, from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY. Her recent solo exhibitions include Artist of the Month, Edward Hopper Art Center, Nyack, NY; Brooklyn Landscapes, Exhibit Salon, Brooklyn, NY; Cityscapes: Rivers, Bridges and Towers, Piermont Straus Gallery, Piermont, NY; Recent French Landscapes, St. Asaph’s Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Landscapes, Earlville Opera House Gallery, Earlville, NY. Her awards include a La Muse Artist Residencyat Labastide Esparbaireneque, France; an Exhibition Grantfrom the Lower Manhattan Cultural Alliance; and a Greenwall Foundation Grantfrom Brooklyn Public Library. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY.
This exhibition is funded in part by the Alfred Solomon Charitable Trust; Adirondack Studios; the Community Exchange Foundation; Mannix Marketing; the New York State Council on The Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Courthouse Gallery is located at the side entrance of the Old County Courthouse, corner of Canada and Lower Amherst Streets, Lake George, NY. The Courthouse Gallery hours during exhibitions are Tuesday through Friday 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 12 – 4 pm, and all other times by appointment.
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