This is the press release sent out by the State of the Art Gallery about my upcoming show:
Mary Schuler’s colorful, expressive paintings at State of the Art draw from issues we face at our time in history as well as the more timeless genre of landscape painting. In her show titled “Emergence,” she links nature to civilization, the countryside to the city. She says: “Several paintings in the show suggest the implications of global climate change and natural disasters, and in others, the liberal application of paint and vivid use of color, texture, and abstraction, derive from a sense of place. In contrast, subject matter in the simpler, more textured paintings, the sea, for example, with rolling waves, the sky and puffy clouds, the splashy waterfalls, seek to evoke positive emotions, and to provide the viewer with something to feel and think about when looking at the work on the wall.
“Color is the most important thing when I am painting. I often exaggerate a color to emphasize emotion. My medium is acrylic and my style and techniques are evolving from non-representational, impressionistic compositions to total abstractions, depending on the mood or feeling I want to express.”
Show dates for “Emergence” are August 3 through 28, 2011. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Gallery Night in downtown Ithaca, Friday, August 5, 5:00-8:00 pm with a wine tasting courtesy of Americana Winery.
Gallery hours are Wed. – Fri., 12-6pm and Sat. & Sun., 12-5pm. State of the Art is ADA accessible with curbside parking.