Spiritual Landscape at TPCC

NORTH CREEK An exhibit of the works of painter Lara B. Sorensen will hang in the Widlund Gallery at the Tannery Pond Community Center, Sept. 29 through Oct. 25.

This display of recent work will include an exhibit of six paintings commissioned through an Individual Artist Grant from the Rivendell Foundation and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

These paintings illustrate life in the upper Hudson River valley area where the artist makes her home. Subjects range from Gore Mountain in North Creek to the maple farms of Thurman, as well as the flora and fauna that make up the local environment.

Other work will include recent paintings in a developing series of spiritual landscapes, a body of work that features pictorial and design elements to form contemporary, symbolist visions of the natural environment in which we live. An artists reception, open to the public, will be Oct. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m.

My first memory is of painting, at 3-years-old, Sorensen said. Having traveled and lived in the U.S. , Europe, India and Nepal, I returned to my childhood home of upstate New York ten years ago and have been developing a method of painting the Spiritual Landscape ever since. The Adirondacks is an area which has inspired generations of artists.

To quote from Huston Smith, author- the Worlds Religions: What distinguishes sacred art is the window it opens onto another world- a world that is vaster, stronger, more real and more beautiful than the world which we normally encounter.

My work, while based on a solid foundation of craftsmanship in drawing, has a growing emphasis on layering images to create alternative spaces, Sorensen added. Figures, natural forms, and abstract symbols interplay to create narrative, vibrant paintings, enriched with the architecture of nature and man. I hope to convey a sense of the temporal, physical and emotional experience of being in a place.

The Widlund Gallery in Tannery Pond Community Center is located at 228 Main Street in North Creek and is open from Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays when the "Open" flag is out. For gallery information, call 251-2421 or visit the website at www.tpcca.org .

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