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Art Exhibits in the Oresman Gallery

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It is the Thought That Counts paintings by Larry Gordon

It is the Thought That Counts paintings by Larry Gordon

May 1st –  May 30th

Larry Gordon’s years as an architect influenced his art and informed his work. The painting and drawings begin with a formal liner structure. The grid is then manipulated, changed and removed. Larry use transparency, overlapping shapes and images. His paintings aim at a joyful and playful celebration of color.

Gordon used contrast between vertical banding and the sharp curves that play against it, inflecting the entire surface with a counterpoint between straight and curving rhythmic beats. He eliminated the distinctions between ground and figure upon which traditional composition depends.

Larry hopes the viewer will have a direct relationship with the painting. The shapes become dematerialized and abstract, producing decorative impact based on linear form and color.

“Confetti” fibre art collages by Mary Pressman

“Confetti” fibre art collages by Mary Pressman

Friday, March 1st through Friday, March 29th

Reception: Saturday, March 2nd from 2pm-4pm

Art is a second career for Mary. After graduating from Princeton University, she attended N.Y.U. Medical School and became a psychiatrist. Many years later she pivoted and studied at the Art Students’ League, working primarily in watercolor and fibre art. Then she obtained an MFA at The City College of New York, CUNY.

Original wallpaper “Night” was accepted to “Printfest,” International Print Center, group exhibition in fall, 2019. Thereafter her focus shifted to wood which she pursued at the Bentwood Studio in Carmel, New York.  A hand carved bowl made from koa and a mobile were Mary’s contributions to the graduate student group exhibition “Absence and Presence” in September, 2019. Her solo thesis exhibition “Dancing in the Dark”, in March 2020, examined the interplay between the movement of large-scale mobiles and the shadows they cast. Just as objects are accompanied by shadows, so also our lives move between joyfulness and loss, birth and death.

“Confetti” builds on these themes. Confetti is the chaotic expression at celebrations, in which tiny pieces of paper, petals, seeds and grain are thrown. We experience abandon as they shower us with color and sometimes meaning as at a wedding, where they may symbolize good fortune, happiness and fertility. The show offers viewers a moment of escape, refuge and peace in a world which is so often stressful and anxiety provoking.

Mary is most influenced by the writing of Drs. Bernie Siegel and Elizabeth Kübler-Ross who recognized the influence of beliefs in medicine, as I do in art. My work reflects my faith in God, the greatest artist of all. She invites you to this exhibit with gratitude to past mentors Timothy Clark, Knox Martin, Tom Thayer and Ernie Palmieri.

"Creature of Habit" acrylic paintings by Stephanie Fiorino

“Creature of Habit” acrylic paintings by Stephanie Fiorino

Monday, April 1st through – April 29th

Reception: Saturday, April 6th from 2pm-4pm

Stephanie Fiorino was an art major at Manhattanville College- her main medium being photography. She works in the Bronx in a NYC public elementary school and has been teaching visual art for 14 years. She had 4 students’ work exhibited in the PS Art citywide exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of art and 6 in the Bronx Borough arts festival at Lehman College Gallery.

During the pandemic the school lost one of their assistant principals to Covid. Stephanie led a team to paint a mural in her memory that is on display in the school. During the process she found herself challenged and enjoyed painting sea animals with texture- This past February Stephanie lost her mother and found having a side project this summer kept her mind busy and was a channel for healing- She chose to ask her immediate family what their favorite animals were and then challenged herself to paint them in a large-scale format with lots of attention to texture. Stephanie also enjoyed making an abstract background with Klimt like patterns and colors. She found that removing the choice of which animals to paint created an exciting challenge. The first two paintings were a Great Horned Owl for her son and a Rabbit for her husband.

Stephanie currently resides in Rye Brook with her husband Sam and her son, Myles.

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