The Art of Seeing

By Sue Crawford Poster, LSCFTA

Lake Shore Center for the Arts is pleased to feature the works of Thomas Annear, Tom Janik and friends. The public is encouraged to attend a reception of these works on Saturday July 28th from 5-7 p.m. If you have not yet been to LSCFTA this is an ideal time to come and experience the gallery that we have named for the late Brenda Eno, a local artist of note.  A display of Brenda’s work will greet you at the landing before you turn to ascend the stairway, complete with a lift our friends that find stairs a challenge.

The artwork for the current show will begin on the stairway and second landing as you arrive at the reception desk in our lobby. More art is displayed throughout the space which includes our Jacqueline Philips Theater and the Bill Ross Music Recital Hall. Our board members will be on hand to greet you and we offer refreshments of wine and snacks.

This show was installed in mid July and will be open daily through September 15th. The gallery is open during church office hours M-F, summer hours are 9-12 and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon - 4 p.m. with a host on hand. All artwork is for sale and we encourage you to act fast.

Thomas Annear of Fredonia with a studio located at 43 Central Ave. Thomas is a full time artist who teaches private lessons out of the studio. He is married to Christina Jarvis, a professor at SUNY Fredonia, and they have two sons ages 16 and 12. Thomas is also Scoutmaster of BSA troop.

He has been painting his whole life but professionally since graduating from the Mason Gross School of Art and Design at Rutgers University in NJ in 1995 and he is inspired by most artists  in one way or another but as a landscape painter he gravitates towards the impressionists as a whole. Here is my top ten favorite artists: Monet, Pissarro, Matisse, Duffy, Van Gogh, Bosch, Dali, Matta, George Grosz and Wayne Thiebaud.

In addition to Thomas we have works of photography by Tom Janik of Dunkirk. Tom is retired from SUNY Fredonia. He has worked with photography since the 1970’s. He has been inspired in his work by Ernst Haas, Pete Turner, Elliot Porter, Ansel Adams, and many others.  Tom was asked by Thomas to add to his show because their works compliment each other. There are other artists involved with this show as well, including Ros Smith, Patti Clark and Emma Hamilton-Dubois.

This show is a tribute to John Burroughs and the land. John Burroughs (April 3, 1837 – March 29, 1921) was an American naturalist and nature essayist, active in the U.S. conservation movement.

“Burroughs quiet and close-to-home approach to experiencing, enjoying, and writing about nature began to train renewed appreciation toward the end of the twentieth century.” The Art of Seeing Things, Essays by John Burroughs was Published Syracuse University Press in 2001 and was edited by Charlotte Zoe Walker.

As landscape artists we are influenced by John Burroughs's writings about the natural world, this show contains excerpts from his essay “The Art of Seeing Things.” They are all numbers to help you read them in order. The show also includes works from our National Parks series and quotes from famous environmentalists.

Published: Jul 23, 2018 - 1:01pm