Painting and photo shows open at RAG

Roxbury — Double exhibits in The Walt Meade Gallery and The Old Bank Gallery of The Roxbury Arts Group open on March 21 and continue through May 16. Opening receptions for both shows will take place on Saturday, March 21 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Kevin Q. Gray, a photographer from Cherry Valley, with a special interest in antiquarian photo processes, such as tintypes and Polaroid emulsions, will exhibit recent works in The Old Bank Gallery. He will be introduced to visitors at 2:30 on the afternoon of the reception, and on Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. will give a free talk “Emulsion Lifts and Antiquarian Photographic Processes,” using his tintypes and Polaroid emulsions as examples. Kevin has a BFA in photography and painting from Hartwick College and is a candidate for an MFA in Visual Arts from The Art Institute of Boston/Lesley University. He was employed as a schools program coordinator for the New York State Historical Association/Fenimore Art Museum.
Becky S. Yazdan, whose abstract paintings will be exhibited in The Walt Meade Gallery on Vega Mountain Road, lives and works in Brooklyn. She received her MFA from the New York Studio School where she studied with Bill Jensen, Charles Cajori and Graham Nickson. She was the recipient of the Hohenberg Travel Award in 2005 and a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship in 2007. Other awards include the Nora Speyer Scholarship, the Emma Strain Award and the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Award. She shows her work in New York and Rhode Island at venues including Rhonda Schaller Gallery and Brooklyn Collective. She will be introduced to exhibit visitors at 3:15 p.m. at the opening reception.
“When I paint I try to find the balance between intuition and intellect, so that the process of painting becomes an active dialogue with the phenomena of nature, ” says Yazdan. “I often begin with memories of events, feelings or colors—the pink of my favorite childhood bathing suit, the first time I told a lie. In the process of sorting through the detritus of past perceptual experience, the paintings become layered with associations and other memories are uncovered.
Much of my painting is done away from the canvas, whether I am running along the Westside Highway or lying in bed close to sleep. Running, like sleep, is a way to suppress the intellectualization of perceptual experience. Running along the Westside Highway with cars speeding by on one side and helicopters landing on the other, is truly exhilarating. All of the contradictions of nature can be found here—the speed of the cars and the gentle lapping of water, the extreme geometry of the buildings circled by ribbons of highway and vegetation growing over construction fences. The dilapidated piers and pilings, and the garbage and foam that wash up along the rocks strike me. It is this place where nature and manufactured life meet, the collision of ideas with form, where painting happens.”
A related free talk by designer Gerry Murphy, “The Beginnings of Modern Art in the 20th century,” will be held on Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. inThe Walt Meade Gallery.
The Old Bank Gallery is at 53484 state Highway 30, Roxbury, NY 12474 and The Walt Meade Gallery is at 5025 Vega Mountain Road, Roxbury, NY 12474. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and by appointment. Roxburyartsgroup.org; 607 326-7908.