New Exhibition at Kirkland Art Center Illuminates: Fractured Color and Light


Kirkland Art Center                 9 ½ East Park Row                Clinton, New York 13323

PRESS RELEASE  written by Gina Murtagh               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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New Exhibition at Kirkland Art Center Illuminates: Fractured Color and Light

The public is invited to the next artists’ reception on Thursday June 27 from 5:00 -7:00 PM for the multi-media exhibition, Fractured Color and Light. The exhibition features the work of three artists: large photographs by Lisa Smith,  large scale paintings by Lisie Orjuela and small wall sculptures by Jeanne Heifetz, that explores layers of abstraction illuminated by three distinct media.

Lisa Smith’s mysterious and haunting photographs are from her series Residue in which she seeks layers of meaning in the physical space of the home and magnifies the by-products of daily life which to her are seen as, “…simultaneously real and abstract, seductive and repulsive….” but invite, “…contemplation and negotiation (of) the space where these contradictions meet.”

Lisie S. Orjuela’s lush oil paintings are selected from several of her series: Groundings, Stories and Diptychs and Triptychs. While Smith documents the physical in her photographs, Orjuela mines the interior world of the psyche. She states, “My main interest lies in evoking and investigating the soul’s longings, the contradictions and the paradoxes of our internal worlds through layers of colors, patterns, images.”  She works with oil paints, oil bars, and oil pastels on stretched canvas.

A hybrid of drawing and fiber, Jeanne Heifetz’s predominantly square, constructions are acid-etched glass rods that have been hand-stitched to stainless-steel mesh with coated copper. From her series, Geometry of Hope, the translucent and deceptively delicate pieces play with surface and shadow. Heifetz explains that, “The process of constructing the work, line by line, stands in for the human search – whether a child’s inquiry or the scientific inquiries of a less technological age — for comprehensible pattern in the natural world.”

Lisa Smith lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in the small town of Potsdam, New York.  She left a successful legal career to complete her MFA in Photography and Related Media from the New School Parsons School of Design in NY.

Lisie S. Orjuela, originally from Argentina and widely travelled, now lives in Connecticut where she has a studio in the historic American Fabric Arts Building in Bridgeport.

Jeanne Heifetz graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University AB, and earned her MA at New York University. She exhibits nationally and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

The reception sponsor is Just Peggy, a Clinton caterer owned by Peggy Quinn.  The exhibition is on view from June 27 – August 16, 2013 during gallery hours:  Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm; with extended hours Thursday until 7:00pm; and Saturday 10 am -2pm or by appointment.


photo: Jeanne Heifetz, Geometry of Hope: Amber, Coral, 2009

Acid-etched glass rods, coated copper and silver wire, stainless-steel mesh.

20” x 20”


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Linda Bigness is an internationally exhibited artist who maintains a gallery/studio in Syracuse, New York. Her work has been exhibited in several prestigious solo and group shows that have involved notable jurors such as art critic Clement Greenberg, Ivan Karp, director of OK Harris Gallery in NYC, and Tom Piche, director of the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art. In addition, Bigness’ large scale paintings are often selected and commissioned for corporate and residential clients, including the Turning Stone Resort, Merrill Lynch Corporation, Haylor, Freyer and Coon, and Bausch and Lomb. She continues to exhibit professionally at several venues with artwork featured frequently at the Nan Miller Gallery in Rochester, NY. Presently she is working on her latest book and exhibition about abstract art and the contemporary processes used by working artists today. Part of the research for this book is taken from the workshops she teaches and her oil painting and mixed media collage experience. For over 30 years Bigness has used her expertise to share with others the unique beauty and processes of her chosen medium through writing, teaching and professional exhibits. Her first book “Paint It, Tear It, Create It” offered the reader insight into visual abstract thinking through the process of collage into painting. She continues to explore the abstract through surface manipulation using encaustics and oil and is currently working on a new series, the “Journey Stones Revisited,” a reflection upon her extensive travels throughout the United States and Europe.

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