SCHUYLERVILLE — The Laffer Gallery announced it will open a new exhibit, “Progressive Process,” on Sept. 12 at 96 Broad St., Schuylerville. The exhibit will run through Oct. 18, and will feature artwork by artists Nick Patten, JoAnn Axford and Leslie Peck.
“Art is about process. It’s one of the things that distinguishes artists from one another and defines aesthetic. It’s also in these small, progressive motions that artist find their passion and explore their voice. The works of Nick, Joann, and Leslie reflect this richness of process. Their work serves as an important reminder of the beauty that can be created from patience and purpose,” said Erik Laffer, owner, The Laffer Gallery.
“Progressive Process” will be open to the public noon-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday from Sept. 12 through Oct. 18. Showings are also available by appointment.
Nick Patten is a native of Troy. In addition to dozens of solo and group shows nationwide at a variety of venues, Patten’s work can be seen in many private and public collections throughout the world, including the New York Public Library, the Print Club of Albany Permanent Collection, the Boston Public Library and the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum of Rutgers University. Patten received top honors at The Laffer Gallery’s 1st annual Juried Group Show, “Upstate Artists.”
Leslie Peck is a native of Buffalo. Peck spent a year studying art in Italy at the Scuola di Lorenzo De Medici in Florence and subsequently apprenticed in Rome with renowned illustrator Alessandro Biffignandi. She found success in romance book cover illustration while still exploring her love for portraiture of people and animals, which has found its expression in her most recent oil paintings. Peck has been commissioned by several publishers, including Random House, Penguin Putnam, Avon Books, New American Library and Pinnacle Publishing. Her paintings are also represented globally for second rights printings. Peck has painted portraits for the Commercial Bank of Long Island, Jefferson’s Ferry Life Care Co. and the Mologne House of Washington DC as well as many private clients.
JoAnn Axford lives and maintains a studio in Glenmont. Her interest in botanical imagery led her to post-graduate study in Botanical Illustration at The New York Botanical Garden. Axford finds inspiration in balancing her studio practice with teaching. She has taught in public schools, art centers and colleges, most recently at Sage College in Albany, N.Y. Her work has been included in invitational and juried exhibits throughout the U.S., including the prestigious “Strictly Functional Pottery National,” Potter’s Council Exhibit at the National Council on Education for The Ceramic Arts conference and locally “The Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region.”