Fields of Color, a solo exhibition by artist William Noonan, will be on view at Locust Grove from April 26 through June 10, 2012. The opening reception of his landscape paintings, featuring the Hudson Valley and Central Italy, will be held this Sunday, April 29 from 2-5pm. As Locust Grove explains, “Hudson Valley artist William Noonan is the grandson of Italian immigrants on his mother’s side. It is these cultural roots that have led him to Italy where he has explored that part of his heritage and begun a body of work that indicates a deep appreciation for the land and landscape of his ancestors. “I always felt encouraged artistically by my Italian grandparents. I think Italians are very open to visual art because it is so deeply rooted in the culture. A fundamental understanding and appreciation of the arts is commonplace among Italians of all social levels.” observes the artist.
This spring he will show his latest group of paintings in a show entitled “Fields of Color” in The Transverse Gallery at Locust Grove. Locust Grove, a 200-acre historic estate overlooking the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie New York, includes an Italianate villa designed in 1851 by architect Alexander Jackson Davis for artist and telegraph inventor Samuel F. B. Morse and a beautifully appointed visitor’s center and museum which houses the Transverse Gallery.
Noonan’s solo exhibition features plein air paintings from Central Italy and the Hudson Valley. It will showcase two summers’ worth of Italian landscape paintings as well as images from closer to home. These paintings convey the vitality of temporal conditions of light. Color is the primary objective. The expressive use of the medium in these paintings often tends toward the abstract while retaining the representational references necessary to a shared experience. Most of the work is created with oil paint on paper which is well suited to travel and painting in the field.
Please join us for the opening reception on Sunday April 29th from 2:00 -5:00pm to meet the artist and view the works. This event is free and open to the public. Exhibition on view through Sunday, June 10, 2012.
Locust Grove is located at 2683 South Road (Route 9) in Poughkeepsie, New York, 2 miles south of the Mid-Hudson Bridge.”
Museum Hours: Open daily, 10 am – 5 pm
For additional information: 845.454.4500 and www.lgny.org/