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Images Past and Present with J. Bruce Schwabach

Opening Reception Saturday, July 11 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Show continues from July 11 - August 22.
(Gallery Hours: Wed. - Sat. 12 - 4 PM)

left - "Light on the Erie Canal" by J. Bruce Schwabach

I have traveled through our country, France, England, and of course through Italy to see the great sites made famous by artists through time. I remember my first morning I was in Venice, at a cappuccino bar with workers on their way. As I looked onto the Grand Canal from the small island of Lido, I knew that my life had come to a wonderful place.

It was my chance at painting the light and color of Venice, while dreaming of Turner’s great collection at the Tate. The near perfect integration of the physical and spiritual nature of life is found in these works.

I try to capture this in my paintings of Maine, and my works of the Erie Canal in Central, New York. In the light, and color of the every day, I want my paintings to say that there is something uplifting and miraculous before us.

It is the calling of the artist to help us see these miracles.

I have created about 60 pastels, and 30 oil paintings, from a few sites on the Erie Canal through all four seasons.

When I was very young, my grandparents had a small apartment at the Dorset Hotel, next to MOMA in New York. My mother’s family lived in Cuba for three generations, and after giving up their life in Havana, lived in their adopted city of Manhattan. Grandma “Rosita” loved art, and often took me in hand to see the great Monet water paintings at MOMA. She loved the Impressionists, and in her travels visited galleries to study art.

Following artists such as Monet, and Cezanne, it has been my desire to find beauty in one place, seeing it through the many changes that one finds day to day. The good thing about them is that they don’t freeze in a Central NY winter.

When I was very young, my grandparents had a small apartment at the Dorset Hotel, next to MOMA in New York. My mother’s family lived in Cuba for three generations, and after giving up their life in Havana, lived in their adopted city of Manhattan. Grandma “Rosita” loved art, and often took me in hand to see the great Monet water paintings at MOMA. She loved the Impressionists, and in her travels visited galleries to study art.

She often spoke of holding in her hands a painting by Bonnard in a gallery in Paris, warned by the dealer that she should buy it immediately. The actor Edward G. Robinson’s wife loved Bonnard, and was visiting the gallery in a few days. Grandma didn't buy the painting. The actor and his wife did visit, and took the prize.

Early in my painting life I was looking at those paintings by Bonnard of his wife in the bath. The mosaic of bright brushstrokes would stay with me through the years as my work matured. Turner, Van Gogh, Renoir and of course Monet, are the artists who have led the way for me.

My father studied art history at Yale, and I have his study guides which each student had to write. They cover the entire history of art up to 1939. My family’s appreciation for art certainly has influenced my life as a painter.

My first teacher was Alton Toby of Larchmont, NY, a well-known illustrator.

I remember copying an Arizona Highways cover of Wild Bill Hickok’s final poker game. The smell of the linseed oil, the details of cards and chips on the table all excited my imagination.

Here I am 55 years later, still taken by the colors and shapes seen before me, and loving my life as an artist.

After over 35 years of teaching, I am ready to be a full-time artist, setting up a studio in Little Falls, to do what I have loved my entire life.

J. Bruce Schwabach
April 2015

 


Preview Show of 18th Annual Great Art Giveaway August 29 - October 4

Opening Reception Saturday, August 29 from 2 to 4 PM
Drawing
will be held on Sunday, October 4 Canal Side Inn (time to be determined)

left - painting by Evelyn Balder

This year’s major fund raiser, the Great Art Giveaway, returns for the 18th year. We will have beautiful works of art from some of the most popular regional artists. There will be something for everyone – paintings, photography, sculpture, etc.

Tickets will be mailed to members this summer and will also be available at MVCA. The more tickets you buy, the better chance you have to win the work of art that you desire.

The drawing will take place at the Canal Side Inn the afternoon of Sunday, October 4. Come and meet the many artists who contribute to this event. There will be a $5 admission, a cash bar, and light refreshments will be served.


Regional Show “Reflection” October 17 - November 21

Opening Reception Saturday, October 17 from 2 - 4 PM

Regional artists are invited to participate in this juried show. This year’s theme is “Reflection”. All types of artwork are welcome. Selection of show pieces and cash award will be determined by juror, Doug Whitfield. Exhibition of juried entries will open October 17 in the 401 Gallery.

Fee: $15 per entry.

Artists may drop off artwork from October 7 - 10 (Noon – 4 PM). Artwork should be wrapped and labelled with the title and retail price of the work. We prefer pieces to be for sale. MVCA provides the artist with 70% of all sales. All art must be picked up November 23 or 24 between Noon and 3 PM.

Please call MVCA at 315.823.0808 or e-mail: director@mohawkvalleyarts.org for more information.


Student Art Show December 5 - 24

Opening Reception Saturday, December 5 from 2 - 4 PM

left - painting by Christine Van Meter

This exhibition will display the work of the many gifted students who have developed their talents through instruction at MVCA. Any art student may enter if they have participated in classes given by MVCA instructors over the past year. Works may be dropped off from November 27 - 28 (Noon - 4:00 PM). Each piece must be framed securely and be ready to hang. A maximum of 2 pieces may be entered at no charge. MVCA will provide 70% commission for the sale of any work. All art must be picked up December 29 or 30 between noon and 2 PM.

Please call MVCA at 315.823.0808 or e-mail: director@mohawkvalleyarts.org for more information