Claire Kelly, “Topocentric”

Claire Kelly, “Topocentric,” blown glass and string.

West Branch Gallery will hold an opening reception Friday, Aug. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. for of an exhibition of new works by glass artist Claire Kelly, abstract painter Justin Hoekstra, and HORIZONS: a solo exhibition of Duncan Johnson’s new works. The artists will be present to discuss their work with the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Justin Hoekstra

Justin Hoekstra, “Everyone Needs Something to Run From,” acrylic on canvas.

Hoekstra’s abstract acrylic paintings achieve their intensely vibrating, almost luminous surface from application of many layers of pigments and the removal of these layers by abrading the surface with an orbital sander. “This process is for me like that which shapes each of us in life as accumulated experience combines with pressure and time to reveal the truth of who we are,” Hoekstra said.

Kelly’s engaging and cheerful glass sculptures give the viewer a gentle mirror with which to examine our contradictory world. Using the integration of traditional Venetian glassblowing and cold working techniques, she creates colorful figures and forms from glass.

Duncan Johnson, “Wavelength”

Duncan Johnson, “Wavelength,” reclaimed wood.

Johnson’s new body of work, though still employing the use of many thin strips of reclaimed wood scavenged from various sources in southern Vermont, are now assembled to transform into abstract 2-D compositions finding themselves often floating within a grid, or sharing the picture plane with strips of wood focusing one’s attention in a singular direction. While continuing to nod to his interest in architecture, patterns and quilting, this new method of composing the picture plane is a fascinating new direction.

The sculpture park showcases several new works by Christopher Curtis, recently returned from a solo exhibition at the Tulsa Botanical Garden, as well as a new cast bronze sculpture by figurative artist Walter Horak.

More information: westbranchgallery.com. 17 Town Farm Lane.

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