An example of Elizabeth Cummings Monroe proficient use of watercolors. An exhibit of her work will be available for view until March 31 at the Cazenovia Public Library Art Gallery.
Until March 31, visitors to the Cazenovia Public Library Art Gallery can enjoy “Keeping Up Appearances,” the latest collection by local artist Elizabeth Cummings Monroe.
There will be an artist’s reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10 at the art gallery within the library, located at 100 Albany St.
Monroe uses watercolor, inks, and acrylic paint interchangeably. She begins a painting with transparent watercolor in order to achieve a luminous quality and then moves to ink and acrylic for opacity and contrast.
“My current body of work features my usual unconventional abstract style in which I have now incorporated the human figure. I am constantly mesmerized by the human body, and in the past I painted people in a more realistic style, a style that I do not particularly enjoy,” Monroe said. “Now, I have found a way to incorporate a hidden world into my abstractions. The addition of a figure or groups of figures in my painting gives an immediate focal point for my viewer, and the painting becomes a mystery, story, or puzzle to solve.”
The Cazenovia Public Library is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Don’t forget that free transportation through CRIS-CAT is provided for Cazenovia, Fenner, and Nelson residents over 55 and ambulatory. Just call 655-0612 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. three to five days in advance.
More information on the exhibits at the Cazenovia Public Library Art Gallery or other library events, call 655-9322 or visit cazenoviapubliclibrary.org.