Recent Works, an exhibition of landscape paintings by local artist James East
The James East exhibition opens on September 10 at the Fredonia Technology Incubator Art Gallery. The exhibition is on display through Friday, October 19, 2018. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Incubator is located at 214 Central Ave in Dunkirk. The parking lot is accessible from Washington Street. A reception is scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP for reception at https://jameseastreceptionfti.eventbrite.com which is listed on the Incubator webpage and Facebook page.
“My work is grounded in the representational traditions of American painters from the late 19th and early 20th centuries –like the Tonalism of George Innes and Impressionism of John Singer Sargent – as well as of current artists like Jeremy Mann and Brian Rutenberg. Landscapes seem to offer a wide range of possibilities for capturing atmosphere and mood with the emotional effects of color and line. There is always a recognizable pictorial concept in even my more abstract paintings, but in some cases, stripping away realistic detail and concentrating on the expressive effects of texture and color challenges the viewer to become a more active partner in the interpretive process,” said East.
East is a Professor Emeritus of Clarinet at the State University of New York at Fredonia’s School of Music, where he taught for thirty-eight years. He was also Executive Director and Principal Clarinetist with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, and Principal Clarinetist with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra in Erie, PA. When James retired from Fredonia he resumed his interest in painting, which he had abandoned since high school to focus exclusively on his music studies. Prior to working with SUNY Distinguished Professor of Painting Alberto Rey, James had enrolled in workshops at the Art Students League and Spring Street Studio in Manhattan.
The Fredonia Technology Incubator promotes economic growth in Western New York by supporting entrepreneurship and the development of new, innovative companies into successful business ventures. The incubator provides administrative and business services, mentoring, networking, professional consulting, educational opportunities, and access to capital and work ready space. The Incubator is part of Fredonia’s Division of Advancement, Engagement and Economic Development (EED) facilitates and supports university-community collaborations, and oversees the university’s StartUp NY economic development program. The exhibit is curated by Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery Director Barbara Racker who oversees the FTI Gallery.