April 18, 2011
Ruth Anne Reagan
Pastels, Paint, and an Eye for Nature
On exhibit at Baltimore Woods Nature Center
May 2nd — June 30th, 2011
Reception: Saturday, May 28, 11am–1pm
Marcellus, NY: Artworks in various media by artist Ruth Anne Reagan will be on display at the Weeks Art Gallery, Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, from May 2nd through June 30th, 2011. The public is invited to a reception for the artist on Saturday, May 28, from 11am to 1pm. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9am–4pm, and Saturday 10m–4pm, closed Sundays. There is no charge for parking and admittance. The gallery is open to the public.
Reagan is a longstanding member of the Marcellus community, and has earned a reputation as a prolific artist. Over the years she has created hundreds of portraits of both children and adults, as well as a collection of landscape paintings. Reagan’s solo exhibition at Baltimore Woods focuses on themes inspired by the natural world.
In her landscape work, Reagan prefers to paint outdoors, “en plein air”. Reagan states: “The beauty of the central New York landscape in all seasons is enough to inspire me to get out my pastels, acrylics, watercolor, or oils and try to “get it down” before (the light) changes.”
The choice of medium reflects a spontaneous approach. Regan says: “I have used different paints through the years, and now pastel is my favorite, because I can start and stop when I like, unlike oils, which require a real commitment of time. Pastel is colorful, versatile, and quick, suiting my style very nicely. With a pad of Sennelier paper, a few sheets of Canson or Wallis paper, I can make a picture in just a short time.”
Reagan concludes: “(The) many landscapes, the trees, flowers, and hills around Marcellus, the spring apple blossoms at Beak and Skiff, and the changing seasons at Marcellus Park, all give me much pleasure and inspiration to “Get Out There and Paint”.
Regan studied portraiture with Jerome Witkin of Syracuse University, Daniel Greene of New Salem, and Harley Brown of the Scottsdale Artists School. She has exhibited with the former Gallery on the Lake, Skaneateles Bank, Geddes Bank, Baltimore Woods, the Marcellus Library, and other Onondaga County Libraries. She has received awards for her work from the Cayuga Museum, the Schweinfurth Museum in Auburn, the Cooperstown National Show, Canastota, the Art Museum in Old Forge, the New York State Fair, and the National Association of Pen Women. She is a charter member of the Marcellus/Skaneateles Art Guild.
Baltimore Woods Nature Center
4007 Bishop Hill Road, P.O. Box 133
Marcellus, NY 13108
315 673-1350 office; 315 247-7904 cell
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