The works of four artists, all detailing creativity in different media, are combined in Delavan Art Gallery's next feature exhibition titled Fusion, opening with a reception May 7 from 5 to 8 p.m.
During the show's run through June 13, gallery visitors will see paintings by John F. Fitzsimmons, mixed media collages by Diana Godfrey, metal and glass wall sculptures by Pam Steele, and acrylics and monotypes by Catharine Westlake. All four artists, though differing in their techniques, share a commonality in that each has been producing art for a number of years, and in so doing, each has enjoyed a good measure of success.
John Fitzsimmons has been painting for over 35 years and exhibits regularly around the world. His paintings have appeared in several major motion pictures and he has had paintings on long- term loan to the US Embassy. Closer to home in Central New York, Fitzsimmons' commissioned works include "Post Modern Reliquary, ha ha ha" in Syracuse, " With Quiet Eyes" at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park and "Bottle Girl" at Cazenovia College. The artist says he likes working with odd scales and proportions and begins by painting one or more small studies to provide him with his natural field of vision. He paints on either stretched canvas or panels, which he describes as two very different painting experiences, and he often works with a grid to keep tract of the complicated and repetitive details.
Over the years, Diana Godfrey's art has been featured in a host of group shows and selected exhibitions at galleries throughout the northeastern states, Pennsylvania and Maryland. She is published in the 2008 Stone Canoe Journal and the 1998 Date book of the Syracuse Cultural Workers. Her CD cover artwork appears on American Masters for 21st Century, Society for New Music, Innova Records; New American Works, Society for New Music, Opus One; and Daniel S. Godfrey String Quartets, Koch International Classics. Of her mixed-media collages, Godfrey says she enjoys expressing with color - "sometimes subdued and sometimes boisterous." She adds, "There is no preconceived idea of the finished piece. Each artwork is an individual journey that has its own visual story to tell."