By Jennifer Schutzendorf
Drayton Jones will make his official artist debut at The Beehive Gallery in Cazenovia with a one-man show running from Sept. 21 through Oct. 14. Jones will be on-hand from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday Sept. 21 at the Opening Night celebration when the gallery presents the best of Jones' work from the last four years.
A Fayetteville resident, he has been an active part of The BeehiveGallery at 58 Albany Street, both as an an artist and a volunteer for the last two years. Recently, he decided to join the growing list of local artists with national acclaim that call The Beehive Gallery their gallery of choice in Cazenovia. All new works will be on display, and for sale at the opening.
Jones is making a large impact on the Cazenovia Cultural community. An active member and the treasurer of the Cazenovia Watercolor Society, he participates in The Dark Isle Show at Lorenzo and paints during the week at the Cazenovia Library with a dedicated group of watercolor artists. And his artwork is also making an impact. Recently, he has received attention from critics and art enthusiasts alike.
"We've already sold four of Drayton's watercolors pre-show, said Jason Earley of The Beehive Gallery. "People see his work and instinctively recognize that it is good."
Jones explains that his current emphasis is to "abstract nature into simplified shapes and value patterns, expressing the essence of the scene." He prefers to paint "all in one go" which helps to prevent the paint from being overworked. He strives to keep the transparency that is fundamental to watercolor.
Recently Jones began studying under another one of the gallery's well-known artists, Nicora Gangi. A Syracuse University professor and nationally award-winning pastel artist, Gangi has been working with Drayton for a couple of months. She said, "Drayton Jones' sensitive style of expression, through the medium of watercolor, poetically captures the drama of natural light on his subject matter, whether it be the soft rolling hills of central New York or the tranquil beauty of our surrounding lakes."