Local Gets Personal

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Double Jerseys, 2012, Oil on Linen, 18″x24″

Ellen Wong: Local Gets Personal

Opening Reception Saturday, July 28, 2012 – 4-6pm

At the Roxbury Arts Center, 5025 Vega Mountain Rd., Roxbury, NY 12474

The public is invited to attend the opening reception of “Local Gets Personal,” featuring the work of local artist Ellen Wong. The reception takes place on Saturday, July 28 at the Roxbury Arts Center, on Vega Mountain Road in Roxbury, from 4 until 6pm. For more than 20 years Ellen has been inspired and moved by nature, particularly the Catskill landscape.  As a part time resident of Roxbury, she has painted her life and the life around her.  “My work is about nature; the land and our connection to it.  I now find myself drawn to the places that embody the serene and quiet; the ordinary aspects of nature, rather than the spectacular and picturesque.  I move – on foot, bike, in a car – searching for the small moments and gestures – the play of light on a rain soaked road, golden farm fields freshly hayed , cows grazing in the breaking morning mist  and I stop to sketch, to paint, and in the process I become one with this moment.  This  show is about connection and relationship,  as it has developed over these years, with the very personal and very local landscape.  Each place is specific, true to a moment in time and space.  Yet,  I have tried to remove the unessential details, to become free from the slavish copying of nature, to paint for painting’s sake, as a surface with a life of its own. I sense it is a world that you too have experienced and savored.”  Susan Hoover, Woodstock poet, says of Ellen’s recent work, “you forget that you are standing in a gallery.  It puts the viewer into the present of the painting”


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2 Horses Winter, West Settlement Road, 2012, oil on linen, 12″x16″
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Dimmick Mountain Road, Vega, 2012, oil on linen, 6″x8″
Roxbury RR Depot Winter. 2012, Oil on linen, 8″x10″

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