Monday, April 30, 2012

'Living In Between Series - #1' -  30" x40" - Acrylic on Canvas
Exhibition: "Living in Between"
Opening Reception: May 5, 2012 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.     
Closing Date: May 25, 2012

VanOver Fine Arts is pleased to host "Living in Between", an exhibition of paintings by Lisa Chamberlin.  A native of Western New York who now lives and works in New York City, Lisa has spent the last ten years producing this series of paintings which feature expressive female figures.  Highly textured, deeply saturated and uniquely placed, they are worth a visit to VanOver Fine Arts. The exhibition will be on view through May 25, 2012.
Artist’s Bio:
Lisa Chamberlin is a painter who lives and works in New York City. She grew up in western New York and studied sculpture and painting at the State University of New York at Oswego where she received her BFA.  Lisa has spent the last ten years working on a series of paintings titled Living In-between, whose subjects are expressive female figures. Her paintings have a sculptural quality.  She works in acrylic and builds up the thick paint with a palette knife, resulting in a textural, impressionistic-like painting.  The figures often occur isolated on the canvas, each dynamic pose depicting a struggle.  The gestures, unusual use of saturated colors, and configurations of the paintings give opportunities for new interpretations.

Artist’s Statement:
Living In-Between - Series
This series started with an all green pallet, the form blending with the environment like a summer foliage camouflage. The title of the series was inspired by the chapter in a children’s book called the World between Worlds. The characters come across a beautiful land that they soon discover makes them so content. If they are not careful and stay too long, they would become part of the landscape.  In this land there are innumerable ponds spread about.  Each pond would lead into another world with new experiences, each completely different from the other.  My world between worlds, Living In-Between, depicts my journey of living the life I dreamed I would.  These paintings are like self portraits;  they tell my story as I go thru life, discovering and growing.   
I am always pushing, re-evaluating, and figuring out how to let go of expectations.  Along the way, I am learning to never become too complacent, reflecting on where I came from, and carefully choosing the next pond to enter.

I have been painting figures for many years, but I am not so much interested in the figures themselves, but rather using them as a symbol.  Each pose or position of the figure becomes a focus for me and how it relates to the space around it.  My figures are an expression.  Each are struggling and evolving, two things that often cannot exist without the other.  They are struggling with the space around them and with themselves. The forms take up most of the canvas and are absorbed in their own isolation. In solitude, there is time for contemplation and self-examination without any outside distractions.  They are confined to the boundary of the canvas, as if they are trying to push out, like a flower opening up to find it’s full potential. 


Exhibition: "Springville Spring Art Crawl Exhibition"
Opening Receptions: May 5, 2012 from 6 to 10 pm
Closing Date: May 25, 2012

The tremendous success of the first annual Springville Fall Art Crawl has prompted another such event for spring. The first annual Springville Spring Art Crawl Exhibition will preview from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. on May 5, 2012 followed by opening receptions from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. at participating Downtown businesses on Main Street, VanOver Fine Arts and Springville Center for the Arts. The exhibition will feature several area artists including Heather Harris, Karen Olejniczak, Diane Lehmann and many more. Art selections include painting, sculpture, and photographs. The artistry featured in the Crawl, which was juried by VanOver Fine Arts Director Richard VanOver, will be shown in businesses along Main Street.

Other events planned during the Art Crawl including Springville Center for the Arts ‘Cinema at the Center’ featuring filmmaker Matthew Ehlers, and the opening of "Living in Between", an exhibition of paintings by Lisa Chamberlin at VanOver Fine Arts.  
Sponsors for this exhibition include the Downtown Springville Economic Development Group, Springville Center for the Arts and VanOver Fine Arts.  The exhibition will be on view through May 25, 2012.

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