Episcopal SeniorLife Communities will present “Memory Scapes: Recent Visual Responses,” an exhibit of paintings and sculptures by Zanne Brunner and Judith Stewart Gohringer, from Dec. 10 until Jan. 6, 2019, in the 1570 Gallery at Valley Manor, 1570 East Ave., Rochester.
Gohringer attributes her years of camping trips to Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada, for her love of the northern landscape. This love is a reoccuring theme in her work, as she is inspired by the northern sky, trees, rocks and water.
“I am drawn to 20th-century nonobjective art and abstract expressionism, and I think it is this appreciation that helped to push my work into the abstract,” she said. “Most of my nonobjective work is an intuitive process which has been refined over time. The work of First Nation people, aboriginal art, outsider art and art from indigenous people also influence me. Children’s art is so important to me, as I chose to teach art to kids.
“Color is so important to me. As my work evolves, so has the use of new color combinations. I continue to explore texture, line and shape in my work. Shapes have taken on more importance as I am now making 3D work from cut painted shapes. These shaped paintings were first simplified 3D landscapes and now are nonobjective 3D compositions.”
Bruner’s series of paintings reflect her latest travels to New Mexico. She said the air, light and landscape were unique and different from western New York.
“Traveling, for me, is an exterior experience that feeds and directs my internal journey,” she said. “Traveling also presents to me other cultures and environments, triggering mental comparisons — a cultural calculator. My use of color and form, two major players in painting, have lately shifted to reflect the landscape and culture of the Southwest.”
An opening reception will run from 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 14. The gallery open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free and the venue is handicapped-accessible.