Fusion at Delevan opens May 7

staff reports 05/01/09
(Top) John Fitzsimmons - Country Sleep (Middle Left) Pam Steele - Steel Moon, (Middle Right) Connie Carroll - Night Fishing (Bottom Left) Diana Godfrey - Open Doors, (Bottom Right) Catharine Westlake - We Were The Land's.
The works of four artists, all detailing creativity in different media, are combined in Delavan Art Gallery's next feature exhibition titled Fusion, opening with a reception May 7 from 5 to 8 p.m.

During the show's run through June 13, gallery visitors will see paintings by John F. Fitzsimmons, mixed media collages by Diana Godfrey, metal and glass wall sculptures by Pam Steele, and acrylics and monotypes by Catharine Westlake. All four artists, though differing in their techniques, share a commonality in that each has been producing art for a number of years, and in so doing, each has enjoyed a good measure of success.

John Fitzsimmons has been painting for over 35 years and exhibits regularly around the world. His paintings have appeared in several major motion pictures and he has had paintings on long- term loan to the US Embassy. Closer to home in Central New York, Fitzsimmons' commissioned works include "Post Modern Reliquary, ha ha ha" in Syracuse, " With Quiet Eyes" at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park and "Bottle Girl" at Cazenovia College. The artist says he likes working with odd scales and proportions and begins by painting one or more small studies to provide him with his natural field of vision. He paints on either stretched canvas or panels, which he describes as two very different painting experiences, and he often works with a grid to keep tract of the complicated and repetitive details.

Over the years, Diana Godfrey's art has been featured in a host of group shows and selected exhibitions at galleries throughout the northeastern states, Pennsylvania and Maryland. She is published in the 2008 Stone Canoe Journal and the 1998 Date book of the Syracuse Cultural Workers. Her CD cover artwork appears on American Masters for 21st Century, Society for New Music, Innova Records; New American Works, Society for New Music, Opus One; and Daniel S. Godfrey String Quartets, Koch International Classics. Of her mixed-media collages, Godfrey says she enjoys expressing with color - "sometimes subdued and sometimes boisterous." She adds, "There is no preconceived idea of the finished piece. Each artwork is an individual journey that has its own visual story to tell."

Pam Steele is internationally known for her large-scale metal and enameled glass wall pieces that have been commissioned for numerous private and public collections, including I.B.M., Wang, Xerox, and Esterline corporations; Hyatt Hotels; Lucent Technologies; Aetna Insurance; and Steelcase, Inc. She is published in Artforum Magazine; "Enamels, Enameling, Enamellists;" "Who's who in the East;" and "The Guild Designer's Sourcebook." Additionally, Steele has exhibited in galleries across the country. Her experimental techniques in enameling, combined with unique metal patinas, make her pieces both painterly and sculptural. The circles and triangles she creates have an elegant, spiritual quality.

Of the four artists, Catharine J. Westlake is probably the one longest at her profession. After graduating cum laude in art history in 1958 from Smith College, Northampton, MA., Westlake continued to ply her artistic expertise in studies with several notable teachers, managing at the same time to win recognition for her work. From 1959 on, Westlake has exhibited in many galleries that include solo exhibitions in the Cogar Gallery of Herkimer County Community College, Herkimer, NY; Kirkland Art Center, Oneida, NY; and Encore Gallery, Block Island, Rhode Island. Her works have been purchased from collections in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Washington DC and Florida. Of her art, Westlake states that nature is her soul mate. She says, "Through art, I seek discovery of facets of human personality and interaction uncovered by analogy in the natural environment."

Also On View: Syracuse Chilled Plow Display

Long before works of fine art graced the spaces at Delavan Art Gallery, artistry of a different kind was being produced within those walls. From 1879 - 1911, The Syracuse Chilled Plow Company operated a sprawling 500,000 square foot plant along West Fayette St. In 1911, the John Deere Company purchased the Syracuse plant and continued making agricultural equipment in the West Fayette St. plant until 1946, when it moved operations to Deere Road.

Syracuse Chilled Plow Company specialized in the manufacture of cast iron agricultural plows that were "chilled' in a sand mold. At the company's manufacturing peak in the early 20th century, workers made more than 100,000 plows each year, selling them to many countries around the world. The company slogan was, "The sun never sets on a Syracuse Chilled Plow."

Now, through a loan agreement with the Onondaga Historical Association Museum, an actual Syracuse Chilled Plow will return to its former place of origin, displayed atop a pedestal in the center section of Delavan Art Gallery from May 7 - June 13. The plow display shares the May 7 opening with the gallery's other two new exhibitions: the feature exhibit, Fusion and Wild Card show, Paintings by Connie Carroll.

Wild Card Exhibit
Paintings by Connie Carroll
May 7 - May 23, 2009
Reception: Thursday, May 7, 5-8 PM

Other Upcoming Events
Saturday, May 9: noon to 3 PM - Artist in Attendance Catharine Westlake
Thursday, May 21: 6:30 to 8 PM - Th3 with Connie Carroll
Saturday, May 23: noon to 3 PM - Artist in Attendance John F. Fitzsimmons
Saturday, May 30: 2 PM - Reading by Phil and Jules as part of Stone Canoe Writers Series
Saturday, June 6: noon to 3 PM - Artist in Attendance Diana Godfey

Delavan Art Gallery is a 3,800 square foot showcase and sales venue for fine art created by area artists. Conveniently located in downtown Syracuse at 501 West Fayette St., just a block beyond Armory Square, the gallery is free and open to the public. Off-street parking is available and the gallery is handicapped accessible. Regular Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays from noon - 6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at other times by appointment.

TAGS: elavan Art Gallery's ,Fusion,John F. Fitzsimmons,mixed media collages,Diana Godfrey,sculptures,Pam Steele,acrylics,monotypes,Catharine Westlake
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