Abstract Exhibit Press Release


For Immediate Release

The KAC Gallery presents “Luminous Journeys Through the Abstract”

An Invitational exhibit of work by eight artists with catalog essays and video interviews about the artists and their work curated by exhibiting artist Linda Bigness

In addition, an online gallery with video interviews of the artists’ studio visits will be available for public viewing on the day the exhibit opens April 3, 2014.                                                                                        

Exhibit Web Site: www.luminousjourneysthroughtheabstract.com


Marna Bell * Linda Bigness * Margie Hughto *Bradley Hudson

* Diana Godfrey * John Jacopelle * John Loy * Michael Sickler


Marna Bell, Syracuse NY, employs digital photography to reflect her experience in the abstract. She states, “My work has been greatly affected by the abstract expressionists, and in particular the color field painters of the late ’50s and early ’60s. Morris Louis’ “Unfurls” and “Veils” have had a particular influence on this “Transported” series. His veils even look like the curtain in the car wash, and his “unfurls” look like the water running off the windshield.”

Linda Bigness, Syracuse NY, curator of this exhibit, is committed to the abstract to reflect her life’s experiences. She states: “In creating these works I sought to reveal cultural awareness and meaning as interpreted through the experience of seeing. The abstractness of the paintings invites the viewer to seek meaning within the surface.”

Margie Hughto, Jamesville, NY, Professor of Ceramics at Syracuse University, is internationally known for her large scale ceramic installations. Her ceramic earthy wall pieces are influenced by nature and the surfaces reflect upon the abstractness of the ferns and fauna growing abundantly in her studio gardens.

Bradley Hudson, Manlius, NY, Professor of Museum Studies at Syracuse University, is committed to the abstract through his life’s work in painting. His large scale abstract expressionism paintings reflect his love of the chaotic and voice his vision through rich and textural surfaces.

Diana Godfrey, Syracuse, NY, seeks the abstract through her rich collaged surfaces. She states, “Within a nonrepresentational image, I am concerned with color, texture and the enlivenment of the entire picture, intending to create a visual experience of discovery that draws the viewer into and around a varied surface.”

John Jacopelle, Lake Wales, Florida, Past Pratt Gallery Director and Instructor, is a romantic in the abstract. He states: “I can feel the sensation of rhythmic lines, colors that scream and subjects of thoughts seeking to survive. I rise up from the words, explanatory words, clarifying everything to me. The mystery of what my unconscious mind will bring me in a vision only meant for me. I am exploring my perception.”

John Loy, Clinton, NY, is widely recognized for his color rich, geometric paintings that explore the abstract through hard edges and color drenched shapes transforming three dimensional architectonic forms into flat aligned surfaces inviting the viewer to seek the richness within their interiors.

Michael Sickler, Minoa, NY, painter and published poet, has found the art of collage, as interpreted through the abstract placement of found and chosen materials, to be his stimulus for inspirational rich surfaces laden with hidden meaning. His work speaks volumes and challenges the viewer to interact with their own perceptions.


Exhibit Dates: April 3 – May 31, 2014


Artists’ Reception: Sunday April 6, 3-5 PM


Gallery Hours:

Tuesday through Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

And by appointment Please call 315-853-8871


Reception Sponsor: Just Peggy

Exhibit Sponsor: NBT Bank


Additional Information:

Encaustic Painting Workshop with Linda Bigness at KAC

Saturday May 10 & Sunday May 11, 12 pm — 4 pm

Register online at KACNY.org

See Attached Exhibit Postcard

315-853-8871 for workshop information




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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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