Longtime friends Don Burkel, of Batavia, and Jim Thomas, of Victor, will display their art in “Natural Abstractions: Drawing and Photography” starting Sept. 6 in the Williams Gallery at First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 S. Winton Road.
Thomas, a retired professor of sculpture and design at the Rochester Institute of Technology College of Art and Design, will exhibit abstract oil pastel drawings.
These works are based on his observations of natural formations found in the region’s landscape settings of lakeshores, trails and the Erie Canal. Exploring form and color, Thomas seeks to bring emotional strength to his abstract imagery.
Burkel, a retired business improvement district manager for the city of Batavia, will exhibit color photographs taken from locations in the state and coastal areas of Maine.
His abstract compositions are a result of focusing on the microcosm within landscapes rather than the larger, more traditional views of natural environments. He brings a heightened sensitivity to these normally unseen aspects of nature.
“Natural Abstractions” will open with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 6 and run through Oct. 14.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays-Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays. Call (585) 271-9070 or visit rochesterunitarian.org for information.