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Wilson Art Gallery at Le Moyne Hosts Exhibit: "The Art of Pochade"

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … An exhibit of the work of Eric W. Shute will be on display in the Wilson Art Gallery of the Noreen Reale Falcone Library at Le Moyne College. The exhibit, “The Art of Pochade,” opens on Friday, Nov. 21, and will run through Friday, Dec. 19, and can be seen during regular library hours (Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to midnight).

An opening reception will be held in the Wilson Art Gallery on Friday, Nov. 21, from 5 -7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

A pochade is a small sketch in which the artist records, usually in color, the atmospheric effects and general impressions of a landscape.  They are small, rapidly executed oil color sketches painted out of doors or “plein air.” These small paintings are often used as preliminary studies for larger works executed in the studio at a later time. The artist will be exhibiting 16 to 20 of these small works, many of them scenes from the Jonesport and Beals Island area in Down East Maine. The works are quickly conceived and rapidly executed to try and capture the light and conditions of the moment. Because these small paintings are usually considered a reference for larger works they are not often seen by the public. 

The artist will be showing one larger work along side the pochade painting that was used as a reference. Patrons may compare the two paintings and see the evolution and thought process of the artist from the original concept in the small color sketch to completion in the much larger finished painting.

Eric Schute’s work has appeared at Syracuse’s Delavan Art Gallery, Gallery 210, the Everson Museum of Art and the Alden Gallery in Provincetown, Mass. For more information, call 445-4323.


posted on: 10/29/2008