Otisco artist's work exhibited in Earlville

See Thea Reidy's monotypes at the Earlville Opera House.

The monotypes and mixed media works on paper of artist/teacher Thea Reidy on exhibit at Earlville Opera House Multi-Arts Center, until July 21. The title of the show is "In Translation," and will consist of recent works on paper.

Reidy's prints are color-rich, abstract monotype and mixed media works on paper incorporating embossing, metallic powders, and layering of intense pure pigments. Drawing, writing, and image transfers are also used for expressive purposes. Monotype is a print making process in which a single, unique print is created through direct transfer of ink or paint from a plate to paper. It is the print making process closest to painting.

"I characterize my working method as 'painting on a press," Reidy said. "Integrated with the monotype base, these works on paper are further developed with image transfer, chine coll (c), and drawing in different mediums."

Reidy's work is smart, inspired by the natural world around her. She makes her home with her husband just off Otisco Lake. The couple has a spectacular waterfall and classic CNY slate stream in their backyard. Thea raises chickens and also is a wildlife rehabilitator.

She is on the art faculty at Onondaga Community College, and has taught at The Art Institute of Boston, Syracuse University, and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She graduated with art degrees from Vassar College and Syracuse University. Selected recent exhibits of her work include Space 200 in Boston, the Kirkland Art Center in Clinton, Gallery 181 in Lawrence, Mass., and Cazenovia College in Cazenovia. Reidy's work is in private and museum collections nationwide.

The Arts Center is open Tuesday through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. More information, contact Earlville Opera House: www.earlvilleoperahouse.com or Thea Reidy's webpage blog: theareidy.blogspot.com.

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