Opening reception Saturday at Andes gallery
Andes — Chace-Randall Gallery will present new works by Woodstock artists Mariella Bisson and Meredith Rosier from Aug. 21 to Sept. 27. The exhibition is comprised of waterfall imagery in watercolor by Bisson and drawings in conte, pastel, gouache and ink by Rosier. A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.
In the tradition of the Barbizon and Hudson River painters, Mariella Bisson believes there is no substitute for direct personal experience with nature, painting onsite. Her paintings are of Catskill Mountain waterfall sites, those in Peekamoose Ravine, the Neversink Gorge and in both Platte and Kaaterskill cloves. Drawing is always at the heart of her work. “My subject is the ever-changing play of light and shape as water falls across rock. There, four elements are poised in dynamic tension: earth is the rock and ground; air implies distance and space; fire is in the sunlight; water changes everything. Together, in my paintings,” says Bisson.
Working with less concrete imagery, Meredith Rosier tenders only hints of landscape and figure. “The gaze of this series offers a domain of visual illumination where presence and trace govern an alphabet of pastel, conté crayon, gouache and ink. Their confluence forms a trail of images that continually metamorphose into one another. At once presence and trace hence guardian to elaborate sight and echoed retreat,” says the artist.
Mariella Bisson has exhibited at Elena Zang Gallery, Woodstock, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, Catamount Art Center, St. Johnsbury, VT, among others. She is publically and privately collected, including the Stadtische Museum, Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Jane Vorhees Zimmerli Museum, NJ, Rutgers National Print Archive, Princeton, Philip Morris Companies, and Dunn and Bradstreet.
Meredith Rosier is collected by the Fifth Floor Foundation, NYC, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Philadelphia, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC, Arkansas Museum of Art, Little Rock, Italian Consulate, Tangier, Morocco, and Helsinki Foundation, Helsinki, Finland, among others.
Chace-Randall Gallery is located at 49 Main Street in Andes. Summer Gallery hours are Thursday to Sunday and holiday Mondays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Visit www.chacerandallgallery.com or call 845 676-4901.