Featuring: Bridget Bossart van Otterloo

September 1, 2014
Bridget Bossart Van Otterloo- Renewal

Bridget Bossart Van Otterloo- Renewal

This coming Friday, September 5th, we here at the West End Gallery will be holding a reception, running from 5-7:30 PM, to mark the opening of our newest exhibit which features new paintings from two of our most popular artists, Bridget Bossart van Otterloo and Brian Keeler.  Music will be provided by Matrix and the opening is being graciously sponsored by Christopher G. Quinn, Attorney at Law.

This week we provide a little more info and a sneak preview of the work from these two artists, today beginning with Bridget Bossart van Otterloo.

Bridget has been a mainstay of the gallery over the last decade and both her work and its popularity with collectors have grown immensely over that time.  She is widely known for her botanical works in both watercolor and oil as well as for her works featuring her deft use of gold and silver leaf.  She is also well known in the region as a teacher.  You can get more info on her classes by clicking here.

Here is a concise bio for Bridget:

Bridget Bossart Van Otterloo- Beualahland Bonfires

Bridget Bossart Van Otterloo- Beualahland Bonfires

Bridget Bossart van Otterloo paints and teaches in Corning, New York. She has a degree in Studio Art from Houghton College. Bridget moved to Corning in 2002 to work as an apprentice and studio assistant for the late Thomas S. Buechner. She currently works from her light-filled home studio, where her subjects include still life, flowers, plants, portraits and landscapes painted in oils and watercolor. Bridget has taught art classes at local youth centers, museums, and schools. She has been on the faculty of 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning teaching drawing, painting and studio art since 2002.

In her artist’s statement she says, “My work is about the beauty in nature. I believe that this beauty enriches our existence, if we can only take a moment to pause our busy lives and take notice.  Natural forms, elegant lines, bold colors, and the intrinsic details found in nature are the themes in my work.  When painting, I represent nature accurately, but also with my own impression. I use the paint, oil or watercolor, in thin transparent layers. This layering technique creates a luminous glow throughout the piece, as light passes through and bounces off the different layers. With nature as my muse, I have yet to run out of inspiration. I hope my work serves to reconnect you with her beauty.”

We hope you will make it to the opening of this wonderful show on Friday or, if you get the chance, will stop in our Market Street gallery for a preview sometime this week.

Bridget Bossart van Otterloo- Spring's First Bouquet

Bridget Bossart van Otterloo- Spring’s First Bouquet

Bridget Bossart van Otterloo- Windblown Milkweed

Bridget Bossart van Otterloo- Windblown Milkweed

Bridget Bossart van Otterloo- Colorful Nest

Bridget Bossart van Otterloo- Colorful Nest

Bridget Bossart van Otterloo- Letting Go

Bridget Bossart van Otterloo- Letting Go


Up Now and Opening Next Friday!!!!

August 30, 2014
Hold Loosely- Bridget Bossart Van Otterloo

Hold Loosely- Bridget Bossart Van Otterloo

We here at the West End Gallery are really excited to be at work on our next exhibit, one featuring two of our most talented and popular artists, Brian Keeler and Bridget Bossart Van Otterloo.  The show has been hung and the gallery looks great!!  It is filled with bold and beautiful colors and we hope you can stop in for a long look before the opening reception which takes place next Friday, September 5th, running from 5-7:30 PM. This exhibit is graciously sponsored by one of the good friends of the gallery, Christopher G. Quinn, Attorney at Law.

We will be showcasing the work of of both Bridget and Brian in posts over the next week so stay tuned for more info on these marvelous talents!  And don’t forget to pencil in Friday, September 5th,  for the opening!

Luminous Nocturne- Brian Keeler

Luminous Nocturne- Brian Keeler


Last Days of “Layers”

August 28, 2014
GC Myers- The Find

GC Myers- The Find

Here at the West End Gallery we are getting ready to take down the current show at the end of the day tomorrow.  Going up in its place and opening next Friday, September 5th, is a great show from two of our incredibly talented painters, Bridget Bossart Van Otterloo and Brian Keeler.  The current show, Layers, from artist GC Myers is a wonderful show that has had great reactions here in the gallery.  We hope that if you haven’t seen the show you will stop in before tomorrow evening and take a final look.

We thought we’d share Myers’ thoughts on the final days of this show from today’s edition of  his blog, RedTreeTimes:

Tomorrow is the final day for my show,” Layers”,  at the West End Gallery.

It’s been a great show, one that I was pleased with from the time that it came together and one that brought great reaction in the gallery.  That’s a gratifying feeling as an artist  to have those two things intersect in a show.  Anytime a show is successful it affirms that the vision you hold for the work in it is somewhat on track.  It tells me that the work is somehow hitting the mark in creating an emotional conduit which reaches off the wall and connects to any viewer open to it.

And this show has done that.  And more.

I have written before of the post-show letdown that often comes, a malaise that sets in once the show’s opening has passed.  This show has not seen anything like that. In fact, it has been the reverse.  It has been far more inspiring, creating more energy in the studio than I would normally see in the aftermath of most shows.  It is like a tide of positive energy has flowed from this show and I am eager to harness it, to see what it brings.

Many thanks to Lin and Jesse at the West End for their positive response to this show and to everyone who has seen the show or made some piece in it their own.  You have given me more than you will ever know and I hope that you have found something in the work that inspires you as well.


GC Myers Show Ends Friday!

August 26, 2014

West End Promo  2014


The Richness of the Moment

August 21, 2014

GC Myers- The Richness of the Moment smThere is just over a week left in the GC Myers exhibit, Layers,  now hanging here at the West End Gallery until August 29th.  It has been a great show but there are still many stellar pieces left, including the one above, The Richness of the Moment,  which is  20″ by 24″ on canvas.  Here is what the artist  recently had to say about this painting on his blog:

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Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.
- Saint Augustine
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This new painting, a 20″ by 24″ canvas,  is titled The Richness of the Moment .  It was one of the last of the paintings finished for the Layers show which opens tonight at the West End Gallery.   I saw the show hanging together for the first time yesterday and this piece hangs in a group of paintings along the back wall of the space that glows like a bank of  backlit stained glass windows.  There is a luminosity and richness to these pieces that fills that space with warmth.   This work has just the effect as I had hoped it might have when I was looking at it in the studio.
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I think this painting has a richness in it just as its title implies but it is the type of richness that Saint Augustine might have been  referring to in the passage above.  We often search wide and far for new wonders but don’t see the rich tapestry that is right before us in our own lives.  There is wonderment to be found in almost everything we see or touch– it is only its constant presence that has made it seem ordinary and unremarkable to us.  But if we pause to take in the world that within our reach at that moment with a greater awareness and appreciation, the richness becomes apparent.  Each life has the potential for wonder and each moment that may seem ordinary has an element of the sacred within it.
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This painting, at least in my eyes, embodies this thought.  It is simply composed and stated– its subject is absolutely unremarkable at first blush.  But the colors and the juxtaposition of forms and tones that make this piece take on that feeling of the wonder in the surrounding richness to which I referred.
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The Sacred Ordinary.
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I hope you can make it in to the West End Gallery at some point over the course of the next month– the exhibit hangs until August 29th– to judge this for yourself. 

New Work!

August 16, 2014
Night Karma- GC Myers

Night Karma- GC Myers

The GC Myers show, Layers, which hangs here at the West End Gallery until August 29th, has been a wonderful show thus far.  We have shipped many of the paintings and have asked Gary for a few more paintings to fill in the gaps created by those that have left for new homes.  He went through his personal collection in the studio and came up with a selection of works from a few different periods in his career.

There is a group from around 2002 that is darker and deeply colored, very introspective.  It is from a series that he calls his Dark Work, paintings that reflected the emotional tone of the period right after 9/11.  He feels that in the years since the work has taken on new meaning, separate from that time.

We are really pleased to be able to show this work along with the rest of this great show.  So, if you haven’t made the trip into the West End Gallery or if you have already seen this show, there is something new for you to see here.

Only two more weeks!

GC Myers- Night Vibrations

GC Myers- Night Vibrations

GC Myers- Soft Dream of Night

GC Myers- Soft Dream of Night

GC Myers- In the Golden Light

GC Myers- In the Golden Light

GC Myers- Peaceful Tidings

GC Myers- Peaceful Tidings


Thank You!

August 12, 2014
GC Myers, West End Gallery Talk 2014

GC Myers, West End Gallery Talk 2014

We would like to extend a great big Thank You!! to everyone who turned out this past Saturday at the West End Gallery for the Gallery Talk given by artist GC Myers.  It was such a beautiful day that we were honored that you took the time to spend an enjoyable hour with us.

It was a wonderful talk with a great turnout  with a mixture of old and new faces.  Most of all,  we were pleased to see so many people leaving the gallery with smiles on those faces.  Congratulations to the winners of the drawings– we hope you’ll enjoy your prizes.

The show, Layers, hangs until August 29th.  Though many pieces have left the gallery to begin new lives with their new owners, there is still a great selection of paintings form GC Myers available as well as new artwork from our other wonderful artists.  We hope you can find time to stop in and take in this beautiful show.


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