By: Sandi Mulconry / Group M Communications
Paintings by Syracuse artist Emily Elizabeth Jones will be featured throughout the month of July at Imagine, the fine arts and fine craft gallery at 38 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles.
The exhibition opens July 1 from 6 to 9 p.m., as part of the village’s First Friday celebration. Refreshments will be provided, along with entertainment by the Pond Creek Bogstompers.
Jones, who grew up in Auburn, is a self-taught artist who has been drawing and painting since she was a child. “I am still a young artist, at 26, and consider myself new on the local art scene,” she says.
Jones paints with acrylics on a textured canvas. “I start with the texture, creating a surface I want to work on,” she says. “From there, I add countless layers to give my landscapes depth. I want the viewer to be able to get lost in them.”
Among the works on display will be her “Horizon Colors” series.
“In creating this series, I was focused on the colors in our everyday environment,” she says. “My inspiration revolves around atmospheric colors, and the glares, haziness and reflection brought on by sunlight. I take away all other elements, man-made or natural, so that viewers can focus completely on the colorscapes that they might otherwise overlook.”
After graduating from high school, Jones spent years writing music, releasing a few albums, and going on tour. She is about to continue her studies, with the goal of earning a master’s degree in nursing and becoming a certified anesthetist.
The delay in starting her academic career “was a small price to pay for having seen the country for free and experiencing life in a way that will benefit my art,” she says. “I’ve been exposed to many new people and different places, and was able to share the music I’d created with countless people. Now that I am back home, I look forward to sharing the art I have created.”
Imagine is located in the lakeside village of Skaneateles, nestled in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York. It represents artists from across the country and Canada, along with many Central New York artists, to create one of the most diverse contemporary art collections in the area.
The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, call (315) 685-6263 or go to http://www.imagineskaneateles.com.