Widlund Gallery announces July exhibit, two artists welcomed

NORTH CREEK - Fiber artist Alice Wand and photographer Erin Coker will exhibit their art at the Widlund Gallery of Tannery Pond Community Center (TPCC) from June 25 through July 29.

"We are always excited to bring in new and innovative artists to the gallery, but to have two join us is a real honor," said Elise Widlund.

Alice Wand, a resident of the Adirondack Park for 35 years, lives near Willsboro on Lake Champlain. Her work starts and focuses on handmade paper. The collage artwork, "Forest, Fields and Flowers" being exhibited at in the Widlund Gallery explores the beauty of the outdoors. The exhibit includes landscapes of the region and close-ups of a series of orchids, focusing primarily on textures.

Wand makes her own paper from abaca fiber, which is in the banana plant family. By making each sheet very thick, she can texture the surface in a unique way. Then, using acrylic paint, she highlights the surface of the paper. She also takes a digital photographs of each chosen scene and enlarges it. From the enlargement, she cuts out organic shapes appropriate to her artwork and attaches them in places on the surface of the artwork along with the cut up pieces of handmade paper. Each collage artwork consists of her painted handmade paper and digital photography, which has been attached to a wood panel.

Coker of Glens Falls, staff photographer for the Post Star, received a grant from LARAC (Lower Adirondack Arts Council) in 2008 to photograph nine community members with Down syndrome. The project included teaching them how to photograph community events. The resulting images are the result of incorporating the participants' event views with Coker's portraits of the nine.

"The project stemmed from a childhood relationship with a young man who had Down syndrome," said Coker. "The main goal was to give the gift of photography as a tool to use as a form of expression."

"The photographs captured the energy, eagerness and vibrant personality of these nine in a wondrous way," said Widlund.

For more gallery information, call 251-2421 or visit www.tpcca.org.

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