SUNY Orange to host exhibit for non-traditional painter
MIDDLETOWN — "Yikes! Colors! Colors! Colors!" is the title of the art show that will run from May 9 through June a8 in Orange Hall Gallery Loft
Created by colorist, non-traditionalist painter Kate Ferriter of Newburgh, the artworks focus on the ordinary, which have been transformed into dazzling, loosely painted nighttime cityscapes of signs, telephone poles, street and traffic lights, buildings, alleys, downed tree limbs, sparks, and docked boats.
Ferriter has also included a few outdoor, daytime scenes. The offbeat, odd and under-rated surroundings of the gritty urban scene are the places where she finds beauty in simple form.
These elements in various degrees are commingled in her works and demonstrate “the excitement, ruckus, and craziness in what often are taken for granted in life.”
Inspiration: Mother and great aunt
Ferriter grew up under the guidance her mother and great aunt who were both artists. She recalls that she “always seemed to be drawing something.” Eventually, she attended Massachusetts College of Art.
Although she works predominantly in oil on canvas, she also does works in watercolor, gouache, pastel, and printmaking.
She enjoys painting plein air as well as in her studio. Her works can be found in private collections across the USA, Nicaragua, England and Ireland.
A reception at which the artist will welcome viewers will take place Sunday, May 18, from 1 to 4 p.m.
The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday.
Orange Hall is located at the corner of Grandview and Wawayanda Avenues on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange.
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