The Counterpoint Cafe


How do we as individuals respond to the world around us? Two artists, Yvonne Piburn and Stephan Phillips, explore this question in a two-person show at State of the Art during July. Both Piburn and Phillips work within the still life genre and the paintings in this exhibition are new works by each painters.

Staged cafe tables and jazz music will transform the typical gallery setting. Life and art become entwined as objects from the paintings spill over onto the tables of the cafe. Different interpretations of our world come into focus as viewers see its representation in painting. This is the Counterpoint Cafe.

Piburn is the recipient of a regional artists award from the Arnot Art Museum. She has shown as a guest artist with the NYC based still life painters known as Zeuxis. Her work is represented in numerous private collections throughout the state.

Phillips is the recipient of the Lenore Segan arts award from the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation in NYC. Frank Robinson, the director of the Johnson Art Museum, has described his work as possessing “a quiet integrity and strength” and “an evocative mysteriousness”. His painting “Clown” was reproduced in the arts journal Stone Canoe.

At reception for the artists will be held Friday, July 3 from 5 to 8pm at the gallery. State of the Art is located at 120 W. State Street in Ithaca. There is curbside parking and the gallery is ADA accessible. Hours are: Wed. – Fri., 12-6pm, Sat. & Sun., 12-5pm. Contact information: 607-277-1626,

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