Congratulations, Jennifer Fais!

September 20, 2014

Congratulations are in order for our own Jennifer Fais who was commissioned to create the artwork for the commemorative poster for the 33rd annual Wineglass Marathon, which takes place October 5th.  She created a wonderful watercolor painting, A  Perfect Day to Run, that captures a scene over the Chemung River that takes in some of Corning’s iconic images.  “This view of Corning is one of my favorites,” Jennifer said in a release. “It sums up Corning for me — the ‘Little Joe’ Tower, the Corning Inc. headquarters, and the beautifully renovated walking bridge. I bet it is a happy sight for our Wineglass Marathon runners, as well!”

On October 4th, the West End Gallery will be hosting an event  with Jennifer Fais from noon until 5 PM.  Posters will be available for purchase and Jennifer will be there to  personally sign yours!  It should be a great day to stroll down Market Street to meet the artist and take in some of the scenery that inspired her.

Congratulations, Jennifer, on a great painting and poster for a great event.


Gallery Talk Saturday!

September 11, 2014
Bridget Bossart van Otterloo- Windblown Milkweed

Bridget Bossart van Otterloo- Windblown Milkweed

The current exhibit here at the West End Gallery featuring new work from Bridget Bossart van Otterloo and Brian Keeler has been a big hit.  Many of the paintings have found new homes and the show itself has drawn in large numbers of fans of each artist who love their warm and accessible styles.

This Saturday beginning at 1 PM you have a chance to sit down and hear the inside stories behind this wonderful group of artworks as both artists will be participating in a Gallery Talk here at the gallery.  It’s a great opportunity to ask a question about how Bridget or Brian achieved certain parts of a favorite piece or what the influence was that drove them.  It’s always an interesting and learning experience and we hope you will join us on Saturday for this Gallery Talk.

Book Signing with Brian Keeler!

Plus, immediately following the regular Gallery Talk, there will be a book signing for Brian Keeler’s new book, Dramatic Color in the Landscape.  Brian is a nationally known painting instructor with a number of instructional books and DVDs widely available.  There are copies of the new book available at the gallery and Brian will gladly inscribe your book as well as answer questions about the work within it.

It should be a great Gallery Talk and we hope you will stop in and spend a short time getting to know more about these artists’ works and thoughts with us.  Hope to see you at the West End Gallery!

Brian Keeler- Night of the Peepers

Brian Keeler- Night of the Peepers


Big Show Tonight!

September 5, 2014
Bridget Bossart Van Otterloo- Renewal

Bridget Bossart Van Otterloo- Renewal

Just a quick reminder that you should be heading to the West End Gallery tonight to attend the  reception for the opening of our new exhibit of new paintings from Bridget Bossart van Otterloo and Brian Keeler.  It starts at 5 PM this evening and runs until 7:30 PM with both artists scheduled to be in attendance.  It’s a perfect opportunity for you to get to ask a question or get the background on your favorite pieces from this wonderful show.  There will also be music from Matrix and food and beverage, all sponsored by our friend Christopher G. Quinn, Attorney at Law.

It should be a great evening and we hope you’ll take the time to spend an enjoyable hour or two with our artists and us tonight.  See you there!

Luminous Nocturne- Brian Keeler

Luminous Nocturne- Brian Keeler


Featuring: Brian Keeler

September 3, 2014
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Brian Keeler- Night of the Peepers

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. It is a gorgeous show and one that you should not miss.

This week we are featuring posts with a little more info on both Bridget and Brian.  Monday we featured Bridget and today we focus on Brian Keeler.

Brian Keeler has been a full-time  professional artist for nearly forty years and in that time Brian has developed a style that is distinctly his own, one that has drawn collectors from wide and far to his bright colored visions of the landscape that are filled with a quiet contemplation.  We here at the West End Gallery have been fortunate to see his work for many of those years and it is always so consistently strong and beautiful that we may sometimes forget how extraordinary it is. And this latest group is an exceptional one, even for Brian’s high standards.

Brian Keeler, His New Book!

Brian Keeler, His New Book!

Brian’s credentials,  including numerous shows in widespread galleries and museums as well as many awards, is an extensive and impressive  list, a testament to the quality of his work.  He is also well known as highly regarded teacher of painting, for the last ten years conducting painting tours of Italy, appearing in a number of instructional DVDs  showing his wonderful technique and also authoring books on painting including his new Dramatic Color in the Landscape, published by Northlight Books.

With his beautiful work, Brian is creating a lasting legacy  in which  we are honored and pleased to play a part.

We hope you will stop out Friday to see this wonderful show and meet the artists.  There will also be a Gallery Talk with both Bridget Bossart van Otterloo and Brian Keeler on Saturday, September 13, from 1-2 PM here in the gallery.  It will be followed immediately by a book signing with Brian for his new book.  Pencil in that date– September 20th– as it should be a great event!

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Brian Keeler- Mid-Summer Nocturne

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Brian Keeler- April Evening Light Cascadilla Gorge Ithaca

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Brian Keeler- Apple Harvest

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Brian Keeler- Observing Keuka

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Brian Keeler- Schuylkill River Spring

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Brian Keeler- Susquehanna July Evening


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.


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