City of Rochester
(Monday, Oct. 21, 2013) – Mayor Thomas S. Richards announced today that the works of three local artists using three different mediums will be on exhibit under the title “Rock, Fabric, Scissors” Tuesday through Dec. 9 at in the City Hall Link Gallery, 30 Church St. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25.
Rock, Fabric, Scissors will feature ceramic tiles by Nancy Valle, painted wallpaper by Jill Gussow and paint and fabric by Lynne Feldman. All three artists use texture, shape and color to explore their external and internal worlds and to express their own unique artistic vision and themes.
Nancy Valle maintains a studio in the Anderson Arts Building and her portion of the exhibit will represent her view from the fourth-floor window of her studio: patterns and textures of old industrial buildings along the railway, the various roof lines of early 19th-century homes and the colors of daylight as reflected from the sky onto the Memorial Art Gallery’s Cutler Tower.
Ms. Valle is a working artist and educator who has exhibited widely in the region. She has taught visual arts at the elementary, middle, high school and college levels. She has also facilitated professional-development and art workshops for teachers and adults in the community. She also maintains an outdoor ceramic studio in Greenwood, N.Y.
Ms Valle has received many awards and acknowledgements including: Best of Show in the juried exhibit “Made in NY 2001,” a solo ceramic sculpture show at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center and her ceramic sculpture “Unearthing” from the exhibit “Craft in Western New York” was purchased for the permanent collection at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center in Buffalo. Many of her sculptures, garden vessels, tiles and glass jewelry are in private collections.
Jill Gussow will display bird images that incorporate existing patterns on wallpaper with her painted images. Ms. Gussow describes the work as a meditative process that leads to the discovery of a new image. Ms. Gussow has completed several large-scale public projects including tile and mosaic murals on the East End Garage on Main Street; the University of Rochester’s Wilson Commons and her “Healing Arts Initiative Project” at the Highland Hospital. This year she also created a mosaic mural for a Veterinary Clinic in Rosebud, Australia.
Ms. Gussow has been recognized with artists-in-residencies, grants and exhibits from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Council and the Special Opportunity Stipend Program funded by the Arts & Cultural Council and New York Foundation for the Arts, the Constance Saltonstall Foundation and New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.
She also had solo exhibitions at such venues as the Burchfield Arts Center in Buffalo; the Memorial Art Gallery, the Harnett Gallery at the University of Rochester, the Visual Studies Workshop, the Little Theatre Gallery, the Textile Arts International in Minneapolis, Minn., the Allen Memorial Art Museum in Oberlin, Ohio and the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York City. Ms. Gussow received her MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and her BFA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.
Lynne Feldman will exhibit works of paint and fabric, which she describes as the result of a “kind of conversation” with intriguing contours of the fabric and as a puzzle that must be solved with shapes and colors. She cites Matisse, Bonnard and Vuillard as influences.
Ms. Feldman has received many awards and grants including: The Arts & Cultural Council’s 2006 Visual Artist of the Year; the Charles Rand Penney Award, Finger Lakes Arts Exhibition, Memorial Art Gallery; and several Decentralization Grants funded by New York State Council on the Arts and the Arts & Cultural Council. Ms. Feldman’s paintings and serigraph prints have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the country including the Klutznick National Jewish Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Union of American Hebrew Congregation, in New York City, the Adams Arts Center in Dunkirk, the Memorial Art Gallery and the Everson Museum Little Gallery in Syracuse.
Ms. Feldman grew up in Manhattan and began her formal art training when she was 12 at the Art Students League of New York. She continued to study drawing and painting there for the next 15 years. She attended New York University and holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University. Her studio for the past 25 years has been in the Anderson Arts building.
The Link Gallery at City Hall is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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