The prints and paintings that make up Vrana & Spitznagel create personal moments that give visibility to emotions and the psyche. By applying abstraction, both artists develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based on imagination and subjective thought. This artwork invites the viewer into a conversation between the conscious and the subconscious.
Ethel Vrana has been an artist in the Tompkins County area for over 30 years. “My paintings,” she comments, “continue to explore color, form, and space using an abstract approach, evoking meaningful fictive worlds for viewers to experience.”
James Spitznagel has been living and creating art in Ithaca for nearly twenty years. Regarding this exhibit, Spitznagel states, “I am happy and honored to be a member of State of the Art Gallery. I am excited about sharing a show with Ethel; it will give both of us an opportunity to have our art seen locally, in the place where we live and work.”
The reception, Friday, August 7, 5-8pm, free to the public, will be part of First Friday Gallery Night, a monthly, walkable tour of downtown Ithaca art galleries. Gallery hours are Wed.– Fri., 12-6pm and Sat. & Sun., 12-5pm.
Vrana & Spitznagel will be on view until August 30, 2015. In addition, the exhibition will be supported by new artwork from State of the Art Gallery members, including paintings, drawings, and sculpture. For more information, contact Mr. Spitznagel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-200-4046 or Ms. Vrana at email@example.com or 607-273-9252. SOAG info: 607-277-1626 and www.soag.org.
“Twelve Moons,” an exhibition of paintings by Ethel Vrana opens at State of the Art on Jan. 30. A reception for the artist will be held Friday, Feb. 1 from 5-8pm with a wine tasting hosted by Thirsty Owl Wine Company. Vrana says the inspiration for this series of paintings came from names Native Americans have for the recurring full moons. She adds that in this body of work, she combined both representational and abstract elements in each painting.
Show dates: Jan. 30-Feb. 24, 2013. The gallery is located at 120 W. State Street with curbside parking and it is ADA accessible. Hours: Wed.-Fri., 12-6pm and Sat. & Sun., 12-5pm. Contact info: 607-277-1626, www.soag.org //http://ethelvrana.com
Wednesday, November 5 through Sunday, November 30, 2008
Opening reception: Friday, November 7, 5:00-8:00 pm
(The gallery will be closed Thanksgiving day, November 27.)
Paintings of urban life, trees, explorations of color and texture and collages of gods and goddesses which personify the planets will fill the front gallery at State of the Art during November. The work is by four new gallery members: painters Leslie Brill, Erica Pollock and Ethel Vrana and collagist Andrea King. The four artists will be present at a reception for their exhibition Friday, November 7, from 5:00-8:00 pm at the gallery.
This exhibition opens Wednesday, November 5, and runs through Sunday, November 30. In addition, other gallery members will exhibit paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, and assemblage in the Members’ Gallery.
This exhibit is funded in part by a grant from the New York
State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program.