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In the Main Gallery

Environmental Expressions

Gammy Miller, Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel, Mara Lefebvre, & Paula Overbay

May 6 - June 25, 2016

Annual Meeting: Friday, May 6, 5:30 pm

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

Environmental Expressions brings together four artists - Gammy Miller, Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel, Mara Lefebvre, and Paula Overbay - who create work directly influenced by their respective surroundings and upbringings. These tangible and sometimes conceptual world observations are the root of each body of work in this exhibition. 

A Gift from Muddy Farm, by Gammy Miller

Gammy Miller considers herself a naturalist. Her drawings are part of an exploration into the ideas of natural selection. Influenced by her meanders into ornithology, botany, and marine biology, her drawings depict imaginary non-viable organisms, victims perhaps of an evolutionary process gone awry. She means them to be humorous and yet convey a sense of warning. 

Gammy Miller is a self-instructed artist with an abiding interest in natural history. Her art has been widely exhibited, including solo exhibitions at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson, New York and Courthouse Gallery in Lake George. Miller’s work can be found at The Decorative Arts Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas, as well as the Roberson Center for the Arts and Sciences in Binghamton, New York. She currently resides in New York, New York.  (Image: A Gift from Muddy Farm, by Gammy Miller)

Seeing her work as an expression of her environment, Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel is a product of the contexts that have built her life. Mixing mechanical, visual, and scientific interests, she creates a strange world: part nostalgic post-Pop graphics and color, and part romantic impulsive drawing. Her subjects are derived from the many mechanical parts in her surroundings and personal interests in technology and the natural landscape, as well as a fascination with her family’s deep history in the sciences. Bilharz Gabriel resides Syracuse, New York.

Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel holds a BFA from the College of Saint Rose, and a dual degree in Art Education and an MFA from the University at Albany. She currently teaches fine art at Fayetteville-Manlius High School near Syracuse, New York, where she resides. (Image: Walk Across Water, by Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel)

The found objects used by Mara Lefebvre reflect where she has been and who she has been in contact with: a diary of ephemera. Often searching on roadsides, yard sales, and dumpsters, she uses like items to complete her series of work. Disliking a significant alteration of items, she is challenged to let the innate pieces of paper stay the same as it was originally discovered. She lives in Latham.

Mara Lefebvre holds a degree in Fine Art and Arts Administration from Skidmore College. She has exhibited work in multiple galleries, including a solo exhibition at Bulmer Gallery in Troy. Lefebvre has been an artist in residence at Mendocino Art Center in California, as well as an artist consultant for New York Foundation of the Arts. She lives in Latham. (Image: A Thousand Kisses Deep, by Mara Lefebvre)

Paula Overbay’s works comment on cells collecting into a form. They could be small invisible amoeba, or animals in the water or the air; there is no empty space. Cells are everywhere, moving from form to form. They are forever changing and contributing to daily life in ways that are often overlooked. Overbay lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Paula Overbay lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Arts and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. In August 2015, she was an artist in residence at the Saltonstall Foundation in Ithaca, New York. Her work can be found in many national, international, public and private collections; she is represented by Muriel Guepin Gallery in New York, New York. (Image: Yellow Dot #3, by Paula Overbay)


In the Reception Gallery

HERsteading: a photo project about Cold Antler Farm by Miriam Romais

June 11 - July 31, 2016

In the Members Hall Gallery

Hydrants, Here: Paintings by Stu Eichel

June 2016


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Our 2016 Exhibition Season is sponsored by Druthers Brewing Company



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For more information about our Exhibitions program contact:

Emma Huneck
Exhibitions Coordinator at 518.584.4132


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