Brenda Lee (Artist): Bright and Bold Shapes, Open Reception June 21, 2014 6 - 8:00 pm
Hi, my name is Brenda. I grew up in Lackawanna; there is where I could remember drawing. I remember that drawing was a good place, a place of relaxation, and escape. A world that I was able to create that worked for me, a world that I understood. I still remember as a child how I would draw on my aunt Katrues' bathroom walls and my bedroom walls; that’s the only place where my mother would allow my drawings; other than on paper.
None-the-less, painting with acrylic paints on paper or cardboard is what I like to do best. I paint with a geometric style juxtaposing shapes, bright colors, and bold lines that give my artwork a feeling of life, structure, and strength.
These are qualities that I hold dear to my heart, the geometric shapes are how I actually see the world and the bold lines are what bring it all together. These marks are my original marks, marks that I first made as a child, marks that come from deep within my soul and this is why I use my art as a means of self-expression.
I make my art to identify with hidden qualities of my character, to better understand my reality, and to express my interpretation of the world around me. To express a clearer understanding of myself and my world allows me to turn the pieces of life that I don’t understand into something that is tangible, and to interact with people that I would not otherwise be able to engage with.
Conclusively, my goal as an artist is to use my art to open an unexplored world, a world of new relationships, new chances, new beginnings, self-expression, and most importantly, new stories.” And this is how I see.
Leonard Pszeniczny (Photographer): Preserved Moments In Time, Open Reception July 12, 2014 6 - 8:00 pm
I have enjoyed photography for over 20 years, starting out with film and progressing into digital photography. I am inspired by nature, and I explore its beauty by photographing landscapes and flowers, especially. In addition to my travel photography, I also have photographed a variety of scenes in Western New York.
My choice of subject is a result of my ideas about beauty and the emotional connections to the places I have visited. I cherish the memories that my pictures preserve. I focus on light and composition to capture the mood of the scene. I am inspired to compose my pictures by the contrast of light and dark, paying attention to the changing light of day, and especially focusing on the use of color.
When photographing people in their natural environment, I enjoy capturing candid moments to preserve a moment in time. I am inspired by the happy moments we forget with time and hope to preserve these memories for the future.
I use photography as a means of self-expression to create works of art out of the world around me and to better understand my reality. I try to call attention to things that other people overlook.