Imagine That…, the fine arts and fine craft gallery at 38 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, will showcase the work of Tully artist Thaddeus Chapman throughout the month of July. The show opens July 2 from 6 to 9 p.m., during the village’s First Friday Art Night. Refreshments and musical entertainment will be provided.
Although Chapman considers himself a portrait painter, many of the works he will be exhibiting feature scenes of Skaneateles, including the Judge Ben Wiles, a view of the village from the pier, Skaneateles Lake as seen from East Lake Road, and Fennell Street on Memorial Day.
Thaddeus Chapman’s paintings are created using gouache on paper—a process that involves applying layers of water-based paint to a very thin rice paper, which then absorbs the paint and becomes a part of the artwork.
“I use a lot of water and color to build up the dimension of a painting,” says Chapman, who describes his style as impressionistic.
Before Chapman starts to paint, he takes reference photographs of his subject and develops drawings from them. He has completed custom pieces ranging from portraits of pets to pictures of houses, families and celebrities, including Elizabeth Taylor, Charlie Chaplin and Alfred Hitchcock.
An illustration of his appeared in the March/April 2008 issue of Making Music magazine. His works also have been on view at Armory Square’s Freedom of Espresso coffee shop and at the Sugarpearl coffee shop on Burnet Avenue.
Chapman is a 2004 graduate of Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. This is his first gallery show.
Imagine That… opened last July, and in March the gallery welcomed Imagine to their new combined location. “The combination of gallery and jewelry store has been a great success thus far, and sharing the family business is a joy,” says Imagine That…. owner Sarah Panzarella.
Her father, Joe Panzarella, owner of Imagine, is equally pleased with the metamorphosis of Imagine and Imagine That… into a single entity. “We had no idea they would work so well together,” he says. “When we put them together, we got the ‘wow’ factor.
“Our customers love the space, the view, the feel. They come not only to purchase art, but also to appreciate the wide variety of works and talent on display. They enjoy the entire atmosphere.
“At Imagine, we had always talked about having gallery shows, but we never had the room to stage them,“ he says. “This location gives us that space, and has allowed us to expand into fine art, ceramics, fiber, and additional glass and woodworking. In addition, customers now benefit from the aesthetic tastes of two buyers, instead of just one.”
Imagine That… is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, call the gallery at 685-6264.