Sunday, November 16, 2014

Celebrate the Gallery Artists

Join us this Holiday season and celebrate the fabulous artists/artisans of 
Saunders Gallery of Fine Art. 

New to the Gallery is Val Robert, a contemporary acrylic painter from Rotterdam, NY.  
Meet Val on Saturday Nov. 29 from 2 - 4pm
for a limited edition print signing.
Limited edition prints are an affordable way to own original
 works by your local artists. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

6th Domestic Violence Awareness Project

 The Saunders Gallery of Fine Art is proud to present...
 The 6th Domestic Violence Awareness Project
Gallery Statement
This body of work was first exhibited in 2006. It was the initial exhibition as a gallery owner
 in my first location in Hoosick Falls, NY. 
From the time we presented the work, I knew it would be the inspiration for
 an annual event and one that my gallery would advocate for,
Throughout the years each show has been a little different,
 focusing on a variety of themes.
This year we reintroduce the original body of work.
 It has an emotional and powerful message that cannot be matched in it's entirety!

"Tearing Her Heart Out" Multi-media Assemblage

"Grief" Hand Finished Ceramic

"Shame"  Hand Finished Ceramic
Artist Statement                                                             Pamela Barker

Embracing Hope; Empowering Souls

     In February 2005, a woman from my hometown area was shot and killed by her husband.  That summer, the local newspaper ran a three part series on the issue of Domestic Violence.  After talking to people who had been in or were still in abusive relationships, I decided to create a series of artwork that would address this issue.  My main goal for this project is to help women discover their own strength in recovery from the devastating effects of abuse.  As I listened to the reactions and comments from friends who first viewed the work, a common opinion was that, in the end, the work conveyed hope to the viewer. My intention was to create an awareness of the emotional pain of the victims, but I also wanted women to feel empowered to change their lives or living situations. If after viewing this work, someone takes the steps to free themselves from abuse, my work will have served its purpose.
     I first began this project by creating the six ceramic figures. In the beginning, the woman is an “Innocent Victim”. She then goes through the cycle of abuse by portraying grief, deception, confrontation, shame, and victory. Each figure has a stylized form.  I like to begin with somewhat realistic proportions, but then I alter the form by eliminating limbs and adding on flowing slab pieces. For the surface decoration, I applied glazes to create a bronze patina finish. When I was creating the figures, I felt connected to their pain. As I was making the face of the figure in “Trials of Deception”, I had to get up and walk away. Her agony was almost too much to take. If you’ve never been affected by domestic violence, you can still feel the pain of the cycle of abuse.
     For the mixed-media assemblages, I used clay, paper clay, hand made paper, found objects, and newspaper clippings of words that related to the emotion of event in the composition. I collected articles and read many books on domestic violence to help me envision the different images. “Walking on Eggshells” was a very common feeling that many women had gone through.  The batterer was often compared to having a“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” personality. They could be very loving and caring at times, and then out of nowhere, turn into a raging monster. As with the sculptures, in the end, the themes transform into images of recovery and clarity.
     Marshall McCluen once said the medium is the message. It was not about creating “pretty” pictures. It was about the message. My greatest hope is that this series of artwork will speak to the women who are suffering from abuse and that they will be encouraged to stop the cycle of abuse.  Consequently, I hope others will be affected by its visual impact and have more compassion for its victims.

Quote from a victim after recovery: “I still have bad days every once in awhile, I used to have bad years”.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

"Time in a Moment" Recent Works by Photographic Artist ~ Tony Cosentino

"Time in a Moment"

...These current works are assemblies,
inspired by the rhythms of natural light as it  played on the colors
and textures that in turn evoked emotional memories in me.
 Each image is made up of many images
assembled to resemble the
time in the moment
as I interpreted it…
~Tony Cosentino~

...Short Biography...

         Starting out as a sculptor I later loved print-making, ie: (etching, Lithography, screen printing, linoleum block). I received instruction from: The Center for Music Drama and Art, The New School of Art, R.I.T., and N.C.C.C. The Museum School, as well as many seminars and independent study classes such as, book binding, mold making, casting, film making.
         I apprenticed with: Mr. Jack LaDuke, Mrs. Nini Winkle, Mr. Slayton Underhill, and others. Combining these experiences lead me to my vocation as a commercial advertising photographer and photo-Illustrator.

Monday, July 14, 2014

"Parallel Universe" Coming August 2 - 29, 2014! Paintings, Drawings and Poetry by Frank Vurraro

Saunders Gallery of Fine Art @ bjsartworks 
is honored to present
"Parallel Universe"
Paintings and Poetry by Frank Vurraro
August 2 - 29, 2014
Opening Reception and Poetry Reading
 Saturday, August 2, ... 4 - 6pm

"Orchard Nebula" Acrylic on Canvas
Frank Vurraro began his artistic and education career in the 60's in Syracuse, NY after graduating with a BFA from Syracuse University. His long career as a successful art educator has landed him with many awards for his outstanding abilities in art education.  

As with many artists/teachers, his passion for his art through teaching and creating has also awarded him recognition for his drawing and paintings in many national and regional venues through out central New York and the Southern Vermont Arts Center, as well as solo and group exhibitions throughout the region.

Frank has retired from  the teaching profession, where for 23 years he was the District Director of Art Education for the Niskayuna Central School District. 
 His art has spanned periods of abstract expressionism, figurative realism, minimalism and more recently landscapes and nature, inspired by the American Impressionists, especially the Long Island School Painters.

The newer work reflects bits and pieces of all his previous artistic adventures. The Heaven and Earth series of drawings and paintings were originally inspired by the Hubble telescope and the indescribable wonder of God's Universe.This exhibition explores the spiritual connectedness of outer space and earth through paintings, drawings and poetry.

 "My work has become a reflection of my connection with nature and my relationship with its' creator." ...." I have completely abandoned any reference to man made objects in the work."....Frank Vurraro

“The heavens declare the glory of God;

the firmament shows His handiwork.

Day unto day utters speech, and night unto

night reveals knowledge. Psalms 19: 1-3

Frank and his wife Claire reside in Greenwich, NY where he has his studio and continues to paint and draw in the mediums of acrylic and graphite.

"I encountered Frank's paintings many years ago at a village gallery in Greenwich. I was taken back at the beauty and depth of the landscapes I was viewing. They had a European style that led you deep into the painting. A depiction of a vast and open space on a small or large canvas....A sense of beauty and peace came over me as I experienced Frank's paintings."...Bev Saunders(Gallery Owner)

Now the opportunity will be yours to experience, for your self, a peace that transcends through art by one of our best, in the region of visual artists! 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

"A Career in Portraits" Artist, Ron Peer

For nearly forty years, Ron Peer, of Bolton Landing,
 professional portrait artist, has dedicated his life to his art. The art of the portrait...
"A Career in Portraits", 
a new exhibit coming June 14 to the Saunders Gallery of Fine Art 
@ bjsartworks at the Shirt Factory in Glens Falls.
The exhibition runs from June 14 - July 31, 2014
Demonstration and Reception: Sat. June 14, 2 - 6

*A special feature to the exhibition is a live model demonstration by the artist on 
Saturday, June 14 from 2 - 4pm held at The Shirt Factory Gallery. 
A nominal fee of $10.00 will secure your space. 
Pre-registration is advised. Contact Bev to pre-register at 793-9350 

Respectfully submitted by Bev Saunders (Owner Saunders Gallery of Fine Art)

Ron Peer is a well established painter and highly accomplished portrait artist
 with many important commissions to his credit during the 
past 32 years of his professional career.

His oil and pastel portraits are sensitively and realistically painted with great dedication to his craft and a minimum of inconvenience to his subjects.  Possessed with a highly trained memory and having mastered the skill of painting from photographs, most of his portraits can be painted in the absence of the subject.

Ron studied in Europe and in New York City at the National Academy and the Arts Students League, receiving commendations for his artistic excellence.  His compositions hang in private collections throughout the world.  He maintains studios in the Adirondack Region  of New York State and in New Jersey.  

You will find his commissions around the region in various venues,
 such as ADK Community College, Glens Falls Hospital and more. 
A partial list of his commissions include but not limited to...

Malcolm Forbes * Forbes Magazine
Congressman Gerald B. Solomon * Portrait of his dog

Congressman Samuel S. Stratton
Dr. Mark Chassin * New York State Health Commissioner
Dr. Barbara De Buono * New York State Health Commissioner
Dr. Robert Westcott * President of New York State Dental Society
Alice Busch Grunewaldt * Anheiser Busch Family
Dr. Charles Eisenhardt * Founding President of Adirondack College
Dr. Gordon Blank * Former President of Adirondack College
Dr. Roger Andersen * Former President of Adirondack College
Anthony Matolla * Dean of Fordam University
E. Newman Waite * Past President of Adirondack Trust
Robert Macfarland * C.E.O. Fleet Bank
William Philion * President of Glens Falls Hospital
Charles R. Wood * Founding President of Great Escape Fun Park
Phillip Morse * President of NAMIC Corp
Mr. Spencer Standish * President of Albany International
John Randolph * C.E.O. Randolph Corp.
Robert Nemer * Nemer Ford
Gary Bowen * President of Hiland Park
Robert Shonhorn * President of Matheny Hospital
Lea Dow * Assistant County District Attorney, Vermont
Rev. Canon Anselm Broberg
Gary Collins & Maryann Mobley * The Home Show
Phil Neikro * Atlanta Braves

Jack" * Dog of Mariah Carey

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

10 x 10 = $100 Closing this Saturday June 7, 2014 5 - 7pm

Works in a Variety of media...over 30 participating artists and more than 160 works $100.00 or less!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

May and June Exhibitions and Events

You may have missed Opening day, but you have not missed out on the opportunity to buy your next original
 at a great price! 
Many great works available through June 7th

Coming June 14 - July 31
An exhibition of his works will be featured at the gallery with a special demonstration and reception on June 14.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Special Art Event at Saunders Gallery this Saturday!

Coming this Saturday, March 15 at 3:30pm, "Island International Artists" representative/owner 
Bruce Foster will be presenting a portfolio of new works. Here is your opportunity to view and 
purchase original art and high quality original prints in a variety of styles. 
Stop by for this event...this Saturday at 3:30!
Saunders Gallery of Fine Art is proud to represent Beki Killorin through 
"Turning Point" by artist Beki Killorin 
Coming in April 

"En Plein Air"
Oil Paintings by Ann Larsen
April 1 -26, 2014
Sat. April 5, 4 - 6pm

Ann's approach to the landscape is to
simplify as much as possible in order to
 create the strongest paintings.
"I want my viewers to know how I felt
about a place when I painted it.
I'm not trying to copy what I see nor am
I interested in lots of detail.
  I want to suggest a subject with the buildup
of paint and exciting brushstrokes."

.....Two Gallery Card designs...

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Official Launch of the Saunders Gallery of Fine Art

It is now official,
 The first show of the new gallery will be celebrated next Saturday, 
February 15th with the opening of 
"Left Behind" photographs by Ian Creitz.
Feb. 15 - March 29, 2014
This show supports the Hyde Collection's current show featuring Ansel Adams "Early Works" now through April 20th.

"Ian Creitz has found a passion in the wonder of the landscape of life. A collection of photographs depicting abandoned architectures and natural landscapes. There is fascination with the power of nature overtaking these structures, ultimately returning them to the earth." Bev Saunders

 Join us for a Reception and Artist Talk, Sat. Feb. 15, 4 - 6pm! 

Coming to the Gallery in April

Ann Larsen
Gallery Represented

 "En Plein Air"

En plein air (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃ plɛn ɛʁ]) is a French expression which means "in the open air," and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, which is also called peinture sur le motif
 ("painting on the ground") in French.

Ann Larsen - Biography

Ann is an award winning artist living in upstate

 New York's Adirondack Mountains.  

Born in Louisivlle, KY, Ann began traveling and living

 throughout the United States at the age of 18.  

 After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, she and her family moved to Denver, CO where Ann began to focus on her painting and fell in love with the western landscape.  

 Even though she lives in a beautiful part of the country, 

where plein air painting is a challenge almost any time of year, 

Ann also spends time painting on the coast of Maine and throughout the Southwest.   

Ann's approach to the landscape is to simplify as much as possible in order to create
 the strongest paintings. 
 "I want my viewers to know how I felt about a place when I painted it. 
 I'm not trying to copy what I see nor am I interested in lots of detail.
  I want to suggest a subject with the buildup of paint and exciting brushstrokes."

Northlight Gallery in Kennebunkport, ME states,
 "Ann's work exhibits the careful, thoughtful hand of an artist deeply committed to both her medium and her environment.   Ann is able to suggest the power, grace and mood of her subject as she captures the essence of New England in her landscapes and seascapes."

Saunders Gallery of Fine Art at bjsartworks, Glens Falls, NY states, 
"Ann's experienced/natural color sense, makes her paintings exciting and vibrant.
 When painting "Plein Air" she capture's a truth in the place she is painting that can only be expressed through her experience on location."  

Master Signature Member, American Women Artists and President
Signature Member, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters
Signature Member American Impressionist Society
Oil Painters of America 
Outdoor Painters Society
Laguna Plein Air Painters
Oakroom Artists

Call to artists!

Coming in May

"10 x 10" = 100
Open to all artists!
Show and Sale! 
$100.00 and under
May 3 - June 8, 2014
Reception and Sale
Saturday, May 3, 5pm - 8pm
This show was made popular by Mimosa (Art for Home and Wear) of Saratoga,.. 
We thank Michelle Lalonde of Mimosa Gallery for the wonderful support 
she had for regional artists..

Coming October
Open to all Artists!
"Domestic Violence Awareness Project VI"
Benefit Show 
all sales benefit our local Catholic Charities which provide important services to the victims of Domestic Violence.

Prospectus' Available at

Follow this blog and receive updates and opportunities!
Thanks for visit! See you next time!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Welcome to the Saunders Gallery of Fine Art

New in 2014.....This page is intended to distinguish the Fine Art Gallery at bjsartworks from the Framing Gallery and Studio that everyone has come to know and enjoy!
It supports the website, with an up to date vehicle for the ever changing works and exhibits and happenings at the gallery.
 Saunders Gallery of Fine Art is proud to represent a collection of artists and artisans creating art in the Glens Falls and the foothills of the greater Adirondack region. 
Works include, oil paintings by Ann Larsen and Adriano Manocchia..*see artists pages TBA

Dynamite Hill - Ann Larsen
Ann Larsen

Adriano Manocchia

Bells and Whistles - Adriano Manocchia

 Fine Art (Exquisite) Pottery  by Wayne Smith
Wayne has created his own carving techniques with beautiful glazes!
 Silver by Paula Anne
Hand forged and crafted original designs!

Contemporary Rustics by Morris Kopels
Rustic Golden Birch Tea Lights

Contemporary one of kind side table

Horned Table SOLD

Hand turned pens by John Lee
Exotic wood, horn and acrylic

Hand Knitted Scarves 
by Gifts of the Mermaids

Hand Woven Scarves
 by Ann Diller

       Coming in...
 February 15 - March 29, 2014
"Left Behind"
Photographs by Ian Creitz
This exhibit supports The Hyde Collection's upcoming exhibit,
Ansel Adams "The Early Works" Opening January 15, 2014
Opening reception: Sat. February 15, 4 - 6pm

More to come! Until next time ... 
Thanks for the visit!