Photographs Evoking Culture, Memory, and Place at the Earlville Galleries

Sylvia de Swaan: The Landscape of Memory series: "The War Game"

Sylvia de Swaan: The Landscape of Memory series: “The War Game”

On Saturday November 7th, two artists exploring the range of emotions that can be conveyed through photographs will bring their work to the Earlville Galleries. Sylvia de Swaan explores themes of heritage, nostalgia, and identity, often using old photographs or maps in the starkly beautiful black and white works she creates. By contrast, Sherburne, NY-based photographer Wells Horton’s work deftly captures the rich colors of our area’s most impressive and iconic scenery, from waterfalls, streams, and rivers to old barns and rolling farmland.

De Swaan, who was born in Romania, has also lived and worked in Mexico and the United States. A haunting awareness of the past, and of loss, seems to resonate in many of her works, as she juxtaposes cultural and religious objects with images of history, travel, and transition. This show, titled Narratives, is no exception. “My work explores themes of individual and collective memory and identity, the state of the world and the neighborhood where I live,” offers de Swaan. “I’m interested in the layers of history that coexist in the present, and the lines of destiny that determine where we’re from and who we become.”

Chenango River at Williams Road, by Wells Horton

Chenango River at Williams Road, by Wells Horton

A central New York “lifer,” Wells Horton thrills in the ever-changing palette made fresh each day as the upstate seasons fade one into the other. As the deep greens of late summer mature into the golds, oranges, and russet hues of fall, and foggy mornings lend emotion, we celebrate the explosive colors even as we feel the oncoming winter, which provides its own enduring lesson in appreciating a stark crystalline landscape filled with many shades of gray and brown. “My mission is to allow one to take in the circle of color surrounding us,” writes Horton. His show, titled The Seasonal Beauty of Central New York, succeeds on many levels.  As he put the show together, he focused the inclusion of works that are all within 10 miles of the Earlville Opera House…he’ll include a map with the show to show where the images came from!

While beautiful and evocative photographs fill the walls of our East Gallery and Arts Café, our West Gallery will feature the works and wares of over 65 regional artists showing a range of handmade goods, including pottery, soaps, baskets, candles, jewelry, and more! Don’t miss this opportunity to get your holiday shopping taken care of the artful, locally-sourced way. The Holiday Artists Sale will begin Friday, November 20th, at 10am, and run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Christmas.

A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, November 7th from 12 – 3pm, and the exhibits will run through December 20th. Gallery hours are 10-5 Tuesday-Friday and 12-3 on Saturdays. Admission is free, and the Galleries are wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. For more information, call 315-691-3550 or visit The Earlville Galleries are located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

The upcoming exhibits open with a reception this Saturday, Nov 7 from noon to 3 pm

The upcoming exhibits open with a reception this Saturday, Nov 7 from noon to 3 pm

Exhibits are made possible, in part, with public funds from the NYS Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.


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