Current Exhibition

Show 1: Renewed

Featured Artists: Drew Hires, Jack Metzger, and Dennis Wilson

Show Dates: Jan 11- Feb 13
Gallery & Shop Open Monday- Saturday 10a-3p, fextended til 6pm on Thursdays.

Image: North Wind II, Carving by Dennis Wilson

Drew Hires: Connecticut painter Drew Hires has had an interesting run through the art gauntlet. An award winning art director and designer, Hires has made a career in the publishing world for over three decades, working with media leaders like Scholastic, Reader’s Digest, Highlights and many more. At the same time, Hires has built a large body of work as a fine artist. Many of his images are informed by his work in the media world, but there are strong connections to nature, to the primitive and to raw materials.Public showings of his paintings have been fairly rare. Hires had a number of one-man shows in Atlantic City, NJ (his point of origin) in the early 1980s, and was a regular contributor at The Emerging Collector (an alternative gallery in lower Manhattan) in the late 80s and early 90s. For the most part, he has kept a low profile, far off the gallery grid. A recent pop-up show with his brother (and fellow painter) Christian Hires in Glens Falls, NY caught the attention of the LARAC staff, resulting in the present exhibit at the Lapham Gallery.

Untitled, 2014

 

Jack Metzger: Through the years Jack has collected “bits and pieces of history”. It might be a rusted finial from a 19th century fence post, a broken water jug, or a wooden shovel with old repairs. A shape, texture, design, or color would catch his eye and he could “feel” that it was going to be a part of his “art” someday. Many of the things that Jack saved, had been broken, lost, discarded and forgotten, and these eventually became his art.
Sometimes, he will just sit and hold a piece of broken 18th century pottery. Maybe it has a beautiful leaf pattern, or a word on it, and he knows that it belongs with another piece that he found, possibly years earlier. There is something about putting pieces, each with it’s unique history, together, and seeing how one supports the other, to create something new and “whole” that is deeply satisfying to him. Jack hopes to uplift people with his work, think maybe they will find this wholeness in themselves, as he has begun to. Life never turns out like you think it will. Sometimes we feel broken, worthless, and without value, and something or someone comes along to help us remember that life has not diminished us, it has made us better and, although different than the original plan, deeper.

    He Radiates Love

Dennis Wilson: Educated in Iowa and Illinois, Dennis had a ten year career teaching English and Drama at international schools in Taiwan, England and Morocco. In 1985 his late wife and he relocated to Chestertown where he taught English at North Warren Central School from 1985 until retirement in 2002. Shortly after retiring from teaching, he attended an Arts and Crafts Fair in Ludlow, Vermont and saw the beautiful chip carvings of Wayne Barton, a teacher at the school. Dennis had always loved carving wood and appreciating its finished beauty. Later he took Wayne’s class, Introductory Chip Carving, and was “hooked!”
During subsequent summers, he took several of Wayne’s advanced classes and have since become a chip carving teacher himself. In June, 2016, he taught an introductory chip carving class at the Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne, NY, and will teach classes there in 2019. Dennis resides in Chestertown where he is a member of the Friends of the Library. Another organization in which he is active is the Our Town Theatre Group at North Creek’s Tannery Pond Community Center. Dennis’ carvings are for sale in Chestertown’s Rustic Charm Gallery, in the NorthCountryARTS Gallery in the Glens Falls Shirt Factory, and in the LARAC Gift Shop.

   Sleeper

 

Photos from the Jan. 11th Exhibit Opening:

 

 

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