The Octagon Gallery at Patterson Library in Westfield will exhibit "Figural Paintings and Collage," works by Kaylea Stoeltzing, Joel Quiggle and Casey Brink. The opening reception for the artists will be Friday, March 22, from 7-9 p.m. and will be on view until April 12.
Kaylea Stoeltzling of Edinboro, Pa., is actively involved in Jamestown's Active Artist Alliance. She graduated from Jamestown Community College with an associate in fine arts, and was a recipient of a Drawing and Painting Excellence award. She is currently enrolled in Edinboro University's BFA program with a concentration in printmaking. She has participated in multiple exhibitions including a musical collaboration with her brother Dan Stoeltzing. Her future plans are to open a studio rental space that creates a community for artists to express and critique each others works.
Stoeltzling says: "The lifeline of a human encompasses the anatomical and spiritual growth in an individual. The mind and body of one's self is constantly in search of a sense of peace. This search can begin in the wake of an infant's mind to the final end of one's life. The use of spiritual mandalas, cultural relics, and the study of some of the simplest organisms helps demonstrate this."
Works by Casey Brink of Ashville, above, will be part of an exhibit at Patterson Library in Westfield, which opens March 22.
Joel Quiggle of North Ridgeville, Ohio, is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting. He will exhibit his mixed media Native American Series, based on his studies of Christopher Columbus.
Quiggle says: "I challenge the viewer to search deeper into the paintings in this series. Don't just look at the surface but decode the meaning behind each piece. I wanted to be sure that I gave both Native Americans and Christopher Columbus due respect in all aspects of my paintings, but at the same time, wanted to bring some things to light for others who were perhaps as unaware of our history as I was. I intend my artworks to provoke thought as opposed to giving the meaning away in one quick glance."
Casey Brink of Ashville, studied at Jamestown Community College under artist William Waite and at Buffalo State College under artist Joseph Piccillo. He was the youngest artist ever to be carried by art dealer Thomas McCabe of Eminent Design.
Brink will exhibit work from two series, The Kiss, and Victory. The Kiss is a series of work created to capture the individuality of a subject's physical beauty as well as displaying the beauty of their soul. The use of color in each individual piece represents the light that shines around the body from within leaving the audience with the essence and feeling of the person depicted. These works are created with oils that are applied to create a textural work of art. The series Victory uses the symbol of an angel sitting alone to evoke a feeling of strength, patience, and dignity. These pieces are meant to show the coldness of being alone and having to be of strong character in isolation. These works are created with pencil and charcoal and applied in a hashing and cross hatch.
Nancy Ensign, curator of the Octagon Gallery, likes to features themed exhibitions that present varied styles and visions on the same subject. "I believe themed exhibits produce interesting results and portray just how different artists really are," Ensign said.
Wine for the opening has been generously donated by Johnson Estate Wines.
Contact Nancy N. Ensign, Octagon Gallery curator, for interest in art exhibition for the year 2014, or Art Escapes programming, at 326-2154 or email@example.com.