Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Award-winning Wildlife Photographer Featured at Gallery 54

Diana Whiting photography is in the spotlight

Award winning nature photographer Diana Whiting will be the December Guest Artist at Gallery 54 in Skaneateles, NY. Beginning with an opening reception from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, December 1, many fine art photographs resulting from her dedication and creativity will be available for viewing and purchase.

A Skaneateles resident and business owner (Headquarters Salon), Diana will be on hand to speak with gallery guests about her photographic experiences that date to 1993. “I come from a family of artists and as a child was encouraged to pursue my artistic leanings. So,” she adds, “when I bought my first professional camera I promised myself I would grow into it.”

Through photography she was able to develop her own voice. In her landscape and intimate nature photographs she's attracted to things that evoke rhythm and simplicity. “When I photograph wildlife,” she says, “I want to tell their stories.” Diana is known for spending hours studying wildlife in order to be able to understand the story her photos will convey.

She feels rewarded by the actual connections that she develops with her wildlife subjects. “I enjoy being accepted by wildlife and not influencing or changing their behavior,” she says. That acceptance has become “so many windows into other worlds.”

Her awards are numerous dating to the Michael Fawcett Award for a photo titled Stone Canoe in the “Journal of the Arts” in 2007. In 2010 she garnered second place in the National Audubon contest as well as a second place prize from the National Wildlife Federation. Other recognition has come her way from Nature Photography Magazine, the Adirondack Museum, and the Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

Light refreshments will be served with Toro Run Winery offering wine tastings. This show opening will also feature the music of Chris Molloy and his famous Blue Harp.

Gallery 54 is an upscale venue for Central New York artists that showcases and sells unique, inspired, and timeless art in a diversity of mediums.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

CNY photographers shine

Gallery 54 guests and CNY Photo Expo entrants gather for
this year's awards presentation.
The opening for this year's edition of Gallery 54's CNY Photo Expo turned out to be a rousing event. Right from the 5 pm start the gallery was jam packed with photographers, friends, family and no one knows how many others excited to see the annual exposition.

This year's expo was designed to mirror Gallery 54's focus on showcasing Central New York art and artists.  In addition, the gallery reached-out to three noted CNY photographers – Phil Spitz, Norm Schillawaski, and Chris Murray – as judges. They had more than a hundred entries to review before selecting the images for this year's month-long exposition.
First Prize Winner Rachael Thompson receives her award.

Another new wrinkle was the addition of cash prizes. Teresa Letkiewicz walked away with the $150 grand prize for her photo of Syracuse University's Dick Clark Studios. Rachael Thompson was on hand with her parents and twin sister to claim her First Prize check of $100 for an image titled "Keeping it Clean." Sue Armstrong's photo captured at a recent "Syracuse Air Show" earned her a Second Place check for $75 and the Third Place prize was accepted by Sherry Dans for an image she titled "Homer Rainbow" along with its $50 check.

Teresa Letkiewicz receives her Grand Prize check for
an image taken at the Dick Clark Studios on Syracuse
The Expo will continue until November 28 so everyone still has time to enjoy this year's exposition.

Then the gallery will begin to make room for the very special wildlife photography of Skaneateles Photographer/Artist Diana Whiting, this year's guest artist for December.

Looking ahead to the opening for her show put December 1 on your schedule.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Gallery 54's CNY Photo Expo

Okay, we've enjoyed a great autumn, so now maybe it's payback time. The weather forecast for the coming weekend (November 3-5) is cool and rainy. Still, that's doesn't mean we can't enjoy Central New York.

Here's an idea that are sure to add a little "sunshine" to your weekend.

This is an iPhone photo that doesn't do justice to the
work of so many fine photographers. Stop by
tomorrow evening and see for yourself.
Begin your weekend Friday evening with the opening reception for the 2017 CNY Photo Expo. Why not join us from 5-8 pm at Gallery 54, 54 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles.

Most, if not all, the photographers whose award winning images make this show will be on hand. I'm even expecting the judges who made the selections to join us.

The highlight of the evening will take place at about 6:30 pm when cash prizes will be awarded to Grand Prize, First, Second and Third Prize winners. You'll love their work and more importantly you'll love the opportunity to meet so many wonderful photographers all in one place.

Of course there will be wine, snacks and music all evening, too.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Tomorrow's Photographers Today

Homer Rainbow by Sherry Dans
The traditional First Friday celebration in Skaneateles will offer a glimpse of the future beginning November 3 as Gallery 54 marks the opening of a month-long exhibition of photographs from the winners of this year's Central New York Photo Expo.

This year's CNY Photo Expo was open only to photographers who reside in CNY and to their images of CNY subjects. From 5 to 8 pm this years winners will be on hand to discuss their work and the experiences they enjoyed in creating them.

Gallery 54 is proud to be able to introduce so many photographers whose work is new to much of the Central New York community,
Syracuse Air Show by Sue Armstrong
according to Tom Dwyer, one of Gallery 54's owners and it's resident fine art photographer. Dwyer helped coordinate this year's contest. He commented “this reception offers Central New Yorkers the opportunity to not only meet some really talented local photographers but to also purchase prints of their prize winning efforts as well as framed editions.

Mid-evening, cash awards will be presented to Grand Prize winner, Teresa Letkiewicz; First Place winner, Rachel Thompson; Second Place winner, Sue Armstrong and Third Place winner, Sherry Dans.
Keeping it clean by Rachel Thompson

This year's judges, photographers Phil Spitz, Norm Schillawaski and Chris Murray, all recognized leaders in the CNY photographic community, will also be joining the celebration.

The gallery will feature the music of Chris Molloy and his blue harp, along with wine tasting from Skaneateles' own Anyela's Winery. As usual, refreshments will be served.

Gallery 54 is an upscale gallery of fine art and fine craft, located at 54 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, NY.
SU by Teresa Letkiewicz

November gallery hours are Sunday through Thursday, 10-5; Friday and Saturday, 10-6.
www.gallery54cny.com 315-685-5470.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Gallery 54 Features Kew Garden Artist

The Kew Gardens, botanical gardens in southwest London, are not only the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world, they are also where artist Christi Sobel served an internship in botanical illustration in England. Gallery 54 is pleased with the opportunity to introduce Christi to the Central New York community as its guest artist for October.

Christi Sobel
 A selection of Christi's latest creations will be exhibited and Christi herself will be on hand to greet our guests from 5 to 8 pm, Friday, October 6.

Christi traces her creative interests to her childhood when she started drawing mushrooms and horses. She subsequently trained in scientific illustration, what she refers to as “that obscure field which melds science, natural history, and fine art” obtaining a bachelor's degree in biology and art at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA. In addition to her internship with the Kew Gardens, she completed grad school in science illustration at UC Santa Cruz, in California.

Her work reflects what she finds “beautiful and interesting in the Creation around us,” she says, “bringing attention to the details that might otherwise go unnoticed.”

Her show at Gallery 54 will feature acrylic paintings on boards. She noted that she “likes to let the wood grain and organic shapes show and become part of the design.” Christi closely observes the natural world and credits her love of travel and the way she is able to absorb the environment around her with helping her capture her impressions and feelings about the places she visits.

Art is an organic process which is always evolving,” she says. She's inspired by what she finds striking in the natural world and the ability of her art to bring attention to unnoticed and colorful detail in clean elegant design. She finds it particularly rewarding to raise environmental awareness and communicate meaningfully through her art.

Gallery 54 is an upscale venue for Central New York artists that showcases and sells unique, inspired, and timeless art in a diversity of mediums. This show opening will also feature the music of Jane Zell along with wine and light refreshments.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Shannon Crandall's Mixed Media Featured

Twenty years ago, Shannon Crandall began experimenting with acrylic and collage. She loved the intuitive nature of the art. Today she lets the various elements reveal themselves as she creates many layers of acrylic paint and collage.

Examples of the results of her two decades of experimentation will be on display at Gallery 54 in Skaneateles, NY beginning with the September 1 opening reception for her month-long show as the gallery's guest artist. The reception will be open from 5 to 8 pm.

Shannon describes her art as mixed media featuring many layers of vibrant color and whimsical themes. As the September guest artist she will concentrate on the use of paper and “up-cycled materials.” “I think the whimsical nature of my work, combined with the layers of paper and paint makes it uniques,” she said recently. When asked if she had any mentors, Shannon listed Flora Bowley, Grandma Moses, and Gustav Klint.

She enjoys solving the creative problem in front of her as she begins a piece. She then allows the balance and flow that results in the finished piece be her reward.

Shannon's reception will be accompanied by the guitar music of Jane Zell. Wine and light refreshments will be served from 5 to 8 pm. Gallery 54 is an upscale venue for Central New York artists that showcases and sells unique, inspired, and timeless art in a diversity of mediums. This show opening will also feature the blue harp music of Chris Molloy along with wine and light refreshments.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Puff the magic dragon . . .

Take a look at one of the newest stained glass pieces created by Liz & Rich Micho from our gallery.

Brings back lots of memories for many of us. The window is 4-feet in diameter, customed designed and created for customer in Camillus, NY.