East Gallery: Syracuse artist Dorene Quinn wonders what it may take for us to awaken to our circumstance and the choices that must be made as we persist in unsustainable and destructive activities. Her “imperfect, temporary memorials” are site specific, as she draws inspiration from nature that reflect on the futility of acting too late to repair or preserve. Her most recent work is driven by an urgency that has taken her from reverent depictions to a more overtly political artistic expression that speaks to our relationship with the earth.
Arts Café Gallery: Originally from Hamilton, NY, and now living in Utica, Peter Leone has been “drawing, nailing things together, digging holes, and making potions” since he was a child. Known for his large-scale print work and drawings, as well as cast metal sculpture, he says his work reflects a parallel universe and aims to “shock the joy, wonderment, and enthusiasm of life” back into those who have lost that connection and “inspire the subdued imagination” in all of us.
West Gallery: The 22nd Annual KidsART Exhibit features the amazing work of students from kindergarten through sixth grade. Collaborating with art teachers from several elementary schools in Central New York, the exhibit celebrates the freedom of expression and incomparable joy that comes so readily from young children. The exhibit typically draws more than 600 people over the course of the show and is a unique opportunity for children throughout the region to display their work in a professional gallery, and for the community at large to see the fine quality art these young people are capable of.
An opening KidsART party for the artists and their teachers, friends, and family will be held from 12-3pm on Saturday, January 31.
Opening receptions for Quinn and Leone will be held on January 31 from 12-3pm with light refreshments. All three exhibits will run through March 14. Gallery hours are 10-5 Tuesday-Friday and 12-3 on Saturdays. Admission is free, and the EOH is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. For more information, call 315-691-3550 or visit http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.
EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.