Monday, February 15, 2016

Gallery 54 Artist to Demonstrate Alcohol Ink Painting

The most rewarding part of doing any art is in the process of making the art. So says Gallery 54 artist Linda Flynn. “Losing oneself in the flow of creative moments, the abandonment of the here and now and being immersed in the process of working with color,” is what Flynn finds most rewarding about the art of alcohol ink painting.
Linda Flynn

   A resident of Bridgeport, NY, Flynn will be demonstrating the art of alcohol painting at Gallery 54 in Skaneateles, February 27 from 12 – 3 pm.
   Flynn started out as an artist doing face painting and selling her acrylic paintings, prints and postcards at weekend art and craft shows. “A YouTube video featuring painting on ceramic tiles with alcohol inks led me to a change of medium,” she says.
Adirondack Lake
Starting out painting abstract compositions her work evolved into florals and landscapes. Today she primarily paints on ceramic tiles and Yupo paper. In some instances she will print her work on tiles using a dye sublimation process that affords her tiles that are both heat resistant and waterproof.
Brant Point Lighthouse
My work is all about the color,” she notes adding, “the alcohol inks are dye-based inks that use alcohol to blend and mix. She particularly likes that the finished result in an extremely bright and luminous painting.
Flynn adds that her paintings are mostly images from nature. She works from reference photos, sometimes more than one for a composition. “Still,” she says, “colors are my main focus . . . colors chosen more for their emotional response than a representation desire.”
Sea Turtle
There aren't many fine artists using alcohol inks,” says Flynn, so her demonstration will be a rare opportunity to see alcohol ink paintings being created as well as to meet an accomplished artist.
Flynn has been a perennial award winner at the NY State Fair Fine Arts competition and exhibits her work regularly at Gallery 54 and other Central New York galleries.

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.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Valentine's Day Made Easy

Gallery 54 - the quintessential Valentine shop.

Whether you want to say "I love you" with a traditional heart or something with your own special meaning, Gallery 54 will help make your selection easy. All our artists have ideas with special meaning . . . ideas you won't find elsewhere . . . fine art and craft sure to be treasured for years to come.

Gallery 54 showcases the unique, inspired and timeless art of more than 50 Central New York artistsBelow is only a sampling of what you'll find at Gallery 54.

We'll be open this weekend to help you make your Valentine's Day selections: 
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 am to 5 pm.

Ceramics & Mosaics by Terry Askey-Cole

Art Quilting  by Sharon Bottle-Souva

Stained Glass by Elisabeth Micho
Painted Glass by Nella Joseph
Woodworking by Fred Weisskopf
Ceramics by Sallie Thomson
Ceramics by Leslie Green Guilbault
Beaded Jewelry by Judi Witkin
Paintings by Kathleen Schneider
Fine Custom Designed Jewelry by Donna Smith
Watercolor Paintings by Robert Ripley
Woodturning by John Volcko
Jewelry & Metalwork Dana Stenson
Photography by Tom Dwyer

Ask the artist at the front desk to help you find that special Valentine's gift.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

David Owens to Demonstrate Oil Painting At Gallery 54

All those who has ever wondered about how an oil painting actually takes form, needs to mark February 13 on their calendars. That's the date that award winning plein air painter, David Owens from Oswego, NY will be demonstrating the art of oil painting at Gallery 54, here.
Artist David Owens

You'll be in good company with Owens. His painting draws its influence from the illustration world and early Golden Age illustrators like Mead Schaeffer, Howard Pyle and Winslow Homer. He appreciates their strong compositions and the loose feel to their brushwork. Additionally, he has “studied a bit with Christopher Baker,” an art teacher and well-known landscape painter who has “been an inspiration over the years.”
Owens has exhibited his painting and won awards on numerous occasions from the New York State Fair to the State Museum in Albany, and an international show in Plasencia, Spain. He's also won two SUNY Presidential Purchase Awards and been a finalist in the Southwest Art's Artistic Excellence Competition.

As a youngster, Owens “stumbled across a book full of early Disney concept art.” He would “look through the book for hours.” When he was introduced to oil paint, while a student at SUNY Oswego, he immediately saw its advantages and has been plein air painting ever since.

Owens expects to complete an oil painting during his demonstration and will have several new plein air paintings on display during the demonstration. He loves the process of plein air painting. “No matter what the results are, it's usually a really relaxing and enjoyable experience, “ he says.

Besides being a regularly exhibited artist at Gallery 54, he has exhibited at the Just Looking Gallery in San Obispo, CA, as well as a solo exhibiting at the Schweinfurth Memorial art Center in Auburn, NY.

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.