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In the Main Gallery

Open Spaces

April 28 - June 17, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 6, 6-8pm


In the context of landscapes, “open spaces” might suggest clear vistas unblocked by trees and mountains. The artists in Open Spaces, however, are getting at something beyond the representation of vistas and locations. For each of these artists, the openness of something lies within its ability to change. Visible light doesn’t only color the surface of what we see; it transforms the things on which it is cast, making for us a reality shaped by our senses that goes well beyond our initial perception.

Matt Chinian, Cheryl Horning, Kelly Schoonbeck, and Takeyce Walter explore the observance of beauty and change in our surroundings. Evoking sometimes fleeting moments of stillness and movement, memory and wonderment, the artists in this exhibition seek out a truth that may be unknown. They reveal a deep rooted connection between individuals and their environments, at times reminding us that the space between us is subject to ongoing change, to creation and re-creation.

Matt Chinian is a landscape painter living in Cambridge, New York. A plein air painter, he works with an emphasis on recording the place at the time he is there. Most are done within a few miles of his home, but he enjoys painting when he visits neighboring towns, cities, and the Adirondacks. He finds the light that falls on our physical world illuminates everything the same and can make the ugly beautiful. He hopes to express that beauty to those who view his work.
Chinian holds an MFA in Sculpture and Drawing from the University at Albany. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout the northeast and Germany, most recently including The Laffer Gallery in Schuylerville and Salem Art works in Salem, New York.

Whether working on figural or abstract pieces, Cheryl Horning expresses ideas about relationships to one another, to the environment, to God and to mystery. Her figures run a continuum from realistic to abstract and from human to botanical. Human forms merge and separate. Botanical forms mimic and merge with human forms. They all work together to create a landscape that moves and dances.
Horning holds a BA in Fine Art and French and an MS in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University at Albany. She has studied with Regis Brodie and Alice Manzi from Skidmore College. She lives in Greenwich, New York.

Surrounded by constant change and motion, the stillness of the landscape is often overlooked. Kelly Schoonbeck’s objective is to suggest this fleeting moment, while forcing the viewer to confront their own spirituality, memory, and reality.
Born and raised in a small town in upstate New York, Schoonbeck received a BFA from SUNY Plattsburgh with a focus in drawing, painting, and art history. Inspired by the structure of the landscape that surrounds her, she uses color and light to create a surreal atmosphere. She hopes her work strikes a note of familiarity with the viewer.

Takeyce Walter is inspired and often overwhelmed by the beauty found in nature. She is driven by the irresistible urge to capture that beauty and share it with others. Her artwork is of places she’s experienced with all of her senses, composed with intent to recreate the sense of connectedness and wonderment left upon her by nature. She hopes that her work captures the inspiration she feels, and inspires others to see the beauty around us.
An artist and art instructor, Walter’s paintings feature the rural landscape of upstate New York, the Adirondacks, Vermont, and Cape Cod. She is especially drawn to rivers, lakes, and the ocean. Walter exhibits her artwork online and in local venues, and her work has found homes in many private collections both nationally and internationally.


Thank you to our sponsor for this exhibition!


In the Reception Gallery 

Paintings by Susan Beadle



In the Member's Hall Gallery

"Unfurled" by Karen Cummings



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Our 2017 Exhibition Season is sponsored by Druthers Brewing Company



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Emma Huneck,
Exhibitions Coordinator at or 518.584.4132


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