Delavan show opens strong

Nancy Keefe Rhodes 09/17/09More articles
Delevan Gallery's Barbara_Stout's water color "Getting What You Wish For."
Delavan’s fall opening show “Visions” and “Discoveries” for September

Whether you’ve strolled through the Winslow Homer at SUArts, are gearing up for the Everson’s world-class Turner-Cezanne, or have been encountering the omnipresent videographer Barry Anderson at every turn, the real beginning of the Syracuse fall art season happens on West Fayette Street when Bill Delavan opens his September show.

Just west of Armory Square, the sprawling Delavan Center has housed the studios of many a Central New York artist since the 1970’s. When the fabled and bizarrely destructive Labor Day Storm of 1998 ripped the roof off the front corner of the four-story building, Delavan re-built the space as a 3800 square foot open gallery, hired Caroline Szozda McGowan to manage it, and in September of 2003 opened the first fall exhibition. Though there are exceptions – as in this fall’s show – the Delavan hosts artists almost exclusively from the nine-county Central New York region. So there is some symbolism in Delavan’s fall openings, where everyone feels they have come home.

Last Thursday was no different, as Delavan hosted the opening reception for an unusually congenial group exhibition. Visions comprises the work of watercolorist Barbara Stout, photographer Bill Storm and landscape painter Phil Parsons, and runs through October 24. Tucked into the shorter-term Wild Card space near the front windows is Discoveries, work by Toronto encaustic artist Tanya Kirouac. This runs through October 3, to be replaced by a retrospective of the painter George Earle.

Barbara Stout is a recent transplant who’s moved to Cazenovia from Whidby Island in Puget Sound, off the coast of Seattle, Washington. “Gods, Beasts and Mortals” is her title for the collection of captivating, deceptively simple ink and watercolor drawings that are indeed reminiscent of both the dream-like, magical images of Paul Klee and Louise Bourgeous, whom she cites as influences.

Anchored by an exceptionally strong graphic sense, Stout says she’s “looking for a resonance with the raw experience of love: the vulnerability, the openness, the heightened awareness, the abandon, the beauty.”

Photographer Bill Storm’s “Primeval” combines long-shot landscape images, both black and white and color. Storm’s background is music recording and sound production – he’s also been director of the Belfer Audio Lab and Archive at Syracuse University – bases his visual art in the “sensory impact” of great musicians. Beginning as an Ansel Adams devotee, Storm has made the transition to color with unusual grace, shuttling between the two with ease.

Painter Phil Parsons offers a series of large scale oil landscapes entitled “Roadside,” two year’s worth of work that examines the rural towns, farms and countryside of Central New York. A nationally published decorative artist with interior design clients throughout the state, Parsons grew up here. He began this series after a relative’s death, wanting “a record, a reminder for myself and my children.” Unusually wide panels of finished dark wood frame his paintings quite successfully. Other natives will notice Parsons’ eye for our region’s colors.

Encaustic artist Tanya Kirouac is a native of Montréal now living and working in Toronto. Encaustic is a method she describes as derived from the Greek enkaustikos, meaning to heat or burn, a technique using heated wax, resin and pigments that are painstakingly applied in layers, removed and built up yet again, resulting in relief-like delicate images of red flowers and birch forests.

Come home to Delavan and start your fall right.

TAGS: Encaustic artist Tanya Kirouac, watercolorist Barbara Stout, photographer Bill Storm,landscape painter Phil Parsons,painter George Earle,Gods, Beasts and Mortals,Bill Delavan,Caroline Szozda McGowan,West Fayette Street,Belfer Audio Lab and Archive at Syracuse University,SUArts,Armory Square,Delavan Center
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