Ileen Kaplan and Mary Ann Bowman



“Color Stories,” at State of the Art Gallery during January, is a two-person show of oil paintings by Ileen Kaplan and sculpture by Mary Ann Bowman. The title of the show is a distillation of the qualities that connect their work–color, light and space.  In talking about their work, the artists say they are both are interested in stimulating the imaginations of viewers.  “Our work has evoked questions such as ‘What is going to happen next?’ or ‘What is the story behind that?’ We realized,” they continue, “that we want viewers to be drawn into the work and to create their own stories”—thus, the title “Color Stories.”

 Kaplan paints on canvas and wood panels and Bowman’s “creatures and ladies” are made from fabric, wood and wire.  “Color Stories” opens January 3 and runs through Jan. 27, 2013.  A reception for the artists will be held at the gallery Friday, Jan. 4 from 5-8pm with a wine tasting hosted by Thirsty Owl Wine Company.  State of the Art is located at 120 W. State Street in Ithaca.  The gallery is ADA accessible with curbside parking.  Hours:  Wed. – Fri., 12-6pm and Sat. & Sun., 12-5pm.  Contact information: // <>   and for more information about the artists: <> and


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