The Take FIVE! event this past Saturday here at the West End Gallery was a huge success with large numbers of you coming out to take the opportunity to see five wonderful artists demonstrate their talents. One of those artists was probably recognizable to many of you as he worked over a landscape at his travelling easel. It was Tom Gardner, who has been one of the pillars of the painting scene in the Corning area for many years . Also known for his public sculpture which graces a number of area buildings, including the clock on the front of our gallery, Tom has been masterfully documenting the Southern Tier landscape and people for most of his life and has in recent years added scenes from his travels abroad.
Tom Gardner has created a new body of his work for his new show, “Upstate”, that opens this Friday, May 3 and runs until June 7. It starts Friday with an opening reception that runs from 5-7:30 PM. The show features many of Gardner’s instantly recognizable scenes of the local landscape as well as some stunning scenes from his travels in Italy as well as scene from his “White Trash” series which features scenes gleaned from old photos painted in a sepia tone that gives them the look of a vintage photo. It’s a great looking show and there is something for everyone here.
We hope to see you Friday at the West End Gallery!