The Laffer Gallery Presents:
LANDSCAPES featuring Robert Moylan, Mikel Wintermantel, William McCarthy, Nancy Magnell and Valerie Craig
September 9 – October 15, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 9, 2023 from 5pm -8pm
SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y., August 24, 2023 – The Saratoga Springs and Adirondacks area in upstate New York is widely known for the near picture-perfect natural views that range from calming farm lands and meandering rivers and creeks to the dramatic backdrop of the High Peaks region in the Adirondacks. Autumn is arguably the best time of year to experience the landscapes that New York offers and as we creep into the early Autumn season of 2023, The Laffer Gallery is pleased to present five of the areas finest landscape artists for a new exhibition titled, “Landscapes” beginning on September 9 through October 15.
Robert Moylan works masterfully in gouache. His panoramic landscapes are brightly colored celebrations of the rural beauty of Rensselaer and Washington counties in New York. In the tradition of the Hudson River School, luminous sunsets and dramatic skies ride above farm houses, barns, silos and fields that serve as reminders of the human existence within these natural settings.
Mikel Wintermantel is an artist schooled in tradition and raised in a modern world. He has been able to cross the advancement in modern materials and tools with his deep respect for old world methods. Through years of exploration his method and materials have become almost transparent in the creation process.
William McCarthy creates his landscape paintings from memory and imagination. Most of the scenes depicted are not based on any specific place but rather on the general feeling he has about a scene he viewed at some point in the past. His only reference is a sketchbook he carries with him at all times, in which he draws thumbnail images. The atmospheric quality is created through build-ups of color tonalities with layering of oil washes and medium glazes.
Operating out of her home in Saratoga Springs, NY, Nancy Magnell specializes in the art of reverse glass painting. Very few people in the country practice this form, and even fewer use it to paint landscapes. Working initially on canvas, landscape painting has been Magnell’s specialty since her 20s, when she replicated the works of Hudson River artists.
Valerie Craig has drawn and painted nearly all her life. Her oil and watercolor paintings are suffused with soft light and convey a sensitive approach. Craig’s subject matter is varied and includes still-life, landscapes and street scenes. Valerie Craig has had more than twenty years in the field to date.
The Laffer Gallery is thrilled to present this group show featuring artists who draw inspiration from the natural surroundings in our area that we all hold dear. We invite you to join us for an opening reception on Saturday, September 9, 2023 beginning at 5pm until 8pm.
Exhibition Dates: September 9 – October 15, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 9 from 5pm – 8pm