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Spring Mix: Reception with the Artists
Saturday, April 23, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
In this show, our first of the season, three artists have been selected for their differences rather than their similarities. Photographer William Bullard, landscape and still-life artist Tia Maggio, and painter and collage artist Gina Ochiogrosso’s diverse styles and use of different media have come together in a show that truly dazzles. It will be a perfect entry to spring:
Bill Bullard, a photographer who lives in Ghent, NY, returned to photojournalism and street photography when he retired as the Academic Dean of Collegiate School in 2017. His work has been included in both group and one-person shows in New York City and regional galleries, and he recently published a book of his volunteer photography for Village Health Works, a clinic in Burundi, Africa. This year, he was named to the “Hot 100” list by the Duncan Miller Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) from a group of 4,700 international photographers whom they represent.
“My work is all about immediacy. Like cooking without a recipe, I could never really tell you what colors I use as I reach for them instinctively,” says Tia Maggio. “Whether I’m working with pastels in my hand or with Procreate on my iPad, my process is intuitive and spontaneous. Nature is my greatest inspiration. It is the only thing that really makes sense to me—wild sunsets, summer storms, brambles and branches.” A native New Yorker who now lives in the Berkshires, she formally trained in graphic design and advertising at Pratt Institute and went on to study fine art and art history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her work has been exhibited in numerous shows along the East Coast and is part of several private collections in the United States, Italy, France, and most recently, Guatemala.
Gina Occhiogrosso says, “I am a painter whose work is composed not only through the application of wet color on a surface, but through processes of disassembly and realignment, and the incorporation of common, everyday materials like thread and yarn. These activities and elements allow me to explore anxiety, loss, humor and heroic femininity.” Currently based in Troy, NY, her work has been exhibited at The Painting Center, Curator Gallery, and Kathryn Markel Fine Art, in New York City, and was also included in the 2020 exhibition, “Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond” at The Tang Teaching Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY.