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Art Exhibit opens Friday at Salmon River Fine Art Center featuring three local artists

Pulaski, NY –     The public is invited to view the special art exhibition: “Interpreting life and landscape - expressions on paper, panel and gourds” and to meet the artist at the opening reception Friday March 8th from, 5 - 7 pm.  The exhibit which features the art of local artists Sharon Medina, Jerry Russell and Barbara Duquette-Fabian, will be on display through April 13th.

The exhibit showcases three very different but very beautiful ways of interpreting life and landscape through the eyes of three artists. Sharon Medina, a watercolor artist with a strong appreciation for nature and the outdoors, provides a glimpse of the infinite and transient beauty she finds along one of her many outdoor adventures. She says, “I hope to evoke a sense of wonder for the enchanting and often fleeting moments in nature, like a deer in soft, quiet falling snow, or a sunset lighting the trees.”

Jerry Russell, a multi-disciplined artist has a strong affinity to painting with oil on panels and his work has a calming classic and impressionist influence.  Much of his work is done “en plein air”, that is, painted outdoors “in the open air.” This requires a more reactive painting approach since light and shadows are constantly changing, potentially creating a different play of patterns on the landscape moment to moment. His work has been displayed in numerous galleries and has received a number of awards for his work at juried shows.

Barbara Duquette-Fabian brings her art to the landscape by creating her work directly on gourds. Each dried gourd is carved or sculpted and uniquely painted. Using a variety of techniques such as pyrography, inks, acrylic paints, as well as incorporating items such as egg shells, leather, feathers, leaves and pine needles. Each imaginative piece is intriguing and begs to be viewed at every angle.  Barbara is a member of the American Gourd society, New York Gourd Pepo Patch, and the Pennsylvania Gourd Society and has won many awards in competitions across the State of New York and Pennsylvania.  

This show is a must see and will only be up for one month.  All are encouraged to attend the opening reception March 8th to explore art, engage in conversation with the artists and learn about the creative process and how these artists interpret life and landscape through their art. The exhibit is free and may be viewed during gallery open hours: Thursdays and Fridays noon  – 6 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm.  

The Salmon River Fine Arts Center is an all volunteer-run, 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization, located at 4848 N. Jefferson St in Pulaski, NY and offers community art programs for all ages, hands-on workshops, and art shows that help educate and enrich our community. For more information about the Salmon River Fine Arts Center, classes, programs upcoming shows or how you can support or get involved with this community organization visit, the Arts Center’s Facebook page at, email or call 315-298-7007.