Opening Reception: Three Women -- Abstractions

Submitted by Ruthanne Jones

CARBONDALE – The Chamber Gallery is pleased to present a new exciting exhibition, “Three Women – Abstractions” which features abstract works using alternative methods by Jeannie Dempsey, Sonia Munson and Ruthanne Jones.

Thirty-six pieces form the fascinating collection on display.

The trio of progressive artists discovered their inspiration through the freedom afforded them by experimental use of non-traditional techniques and methods.

In Sonia and Jeannie’s case, those non-traditional techniques are combined with more traditional means, such as printing and alcohol ink drawing.

In contrast to their style is the unorthodox photographic metamorphosis via computer created by Ruthanne.

The result is an unworldly and new environment or landscape, mirroring our own earthly reality yet transporting the viewer “as if through a looking glass” into a delightfully, mythical, fantasy realm of each artist's own vision.

Sonia Munson, who was born and raised in the Catskill mountains of Cobbleskill, New York, now makes Carbondale her home near her family.

Sonia, for the last two years has been utilizing specially created papers on which she inscribes her acrylic ink drawings.

Using pages torn from vintage publications, Sonia applies an environmentally friendly solution in order to distress the ink on the printed page, pulling through the solvent natural leaves and grasses. In the last stage of the process, she interprets artistic images out of the new ink patterns.

Sonia describes her work as “intuitive painting.”

“These pictures are stories,” Sonia stated. “The story evolves as I paint but the viewer may see something totally different and then it becomes their story, which is the fun of it all!”

Ruthanne Jones has made Carbondale her home for the past 10 years. She is a fine art professional photographer for over 48 years and has explored her own broad spectrum of unique photographic styles with exhibitions in Kingston, Wilkes-Barre, Carbondale, Scranton and Binghamton, NY., in addition to Toronto, Canada and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

For the last two years her attention has been given to working extensively on abstracts.

“No photograph is used in this process I have developed from my own imagination, mind and heart,” Ruthanne said. “Sometimes perhaps a very small fragment of a photograph I have taken is used as a beginning place.

“The images evolve over weeks and months of meticulous processes and seem to have a ‘life’ of their own. It has become a ‘meditation.’ I am completely absorbed in.the fascinating experience of creating these mysterious pieces which seem to come together by their own accord. Out of nothing comes something. I call these works 'photographs' because I use exclusively photographic tools in the making of these magical works. And to me Photography IS magic!”

Jeannie Dempsey was born and raised in Carbondale and loves living here. A reading specialist with a minor degree in art, she taught in some of the most beautiful parts of our country, including Colorado and California.

Following her retirement from Abington Heights School District, Jeannie was able to devote her time to art, which has been a passion all of her life.

Jeannie specializes in alternative methods of abstract painting using shape, form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world.

Swirling colors and blossoms of circles and bubbling lace through methods called “dirty pour” and “dirty cell.” Jeannie creates fluid art using acrylic, resin and alcohol, straws and swirl sticks, brushes and even blow torches to create vivid and vibrant masterpieces as if from another world.

All works of art are for sale and reasonably priced. The reception is free and open to the public.

“Three Women – Abstractions” will be on exhibit until January 30, 2018.

The Chamber Gallery is free and open to the public and is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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