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 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.