Past Exhibitions

Material/Etherial Constructs: Judith Olson Gregory and Dianne Baker

On view February 6 through March 22, 2012.

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Judith Olson Gregory, a Jamestown native and summer resident at Chautauqua Institution, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University. She has exhibited widely in the region and across the nation, taught numerous workshops, received many awards, and served on several art boards in the Rochester, NY area and at Chautauqua Institution.


“The Vestment Series” present works in which the figures, though remarkably absent, is suggested by the charged emptiness of the garments themselves. I often work with hand-cast paper...sheets of paper I've made from a pulp of cotton linters, which are saturated with acrylic polymers to toughen and make then water resistant…and then color acrylic with washes of paint. Found objects are frequently part of my work...anything from a scrap of rusty metal to a stem of dried roses.”

Dianne Baker received a B.A. in history from Syracuse University and an M.S. in social studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She also completed studies as part of Syracuse University’s Florence, Italy Program and continued graduate studies in mixed media/fiber arts at SUNY at Buffalo. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has received numerous awards and commissions.

“My art engages the viewer in looking, lingering, and responding. I love exploring change and growth– things that look one way and turn into something else. By manipulating texture, color, line and shape, I find the final assembly contains a dialogue, which goes beyond its origin...I imbue some (artworks) with humor, nostalgia, joy, or unexpected weight, thus revealing old/new, quiet/unquiet, and soft/hard…I am looking beyond the outer form for the suggestion of an inner meaning, to capture the magic in the “ordinary".

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