Exhibit: October 5 – 30
Opening Reception: Thursday, Oct. 7, 5-8pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, Oct. 30, 3:30pm
The Bowery Gallery is pleased to present “Seen and Remembered” an upcoming exhibition featuring work by Colleen Franca, from October 5 through October 30.
Franca’s first show at Bowery includes recent paintings from Maine, Long Island and Florida, as well as Portugal and Italy – where she was an artist-in-residence – and Brooklyn, where she resides. The artist’s intimately-scaled paintings, notable for their vital patterns and nuanced color, include still lives, interiors and portraits of her family.
“As a perceptual painter, I strive to see things simply,” Franca notes, “to create a quiet harmony so I can focus on what lies underneath all the complexity.”
In the portraits the artist seeks not just a likeness but her subject’s inner spirit. Her landscapes are suffused by sunlight: “It is always the light that draws me in as a plein air painter, and keeps me searching for things that are not immediately obvious.”
Left: Main Road, 8″ x 8″,o/c, 2019/Upper Right: Evan, 6″x6″,o/c, 2021/Lower Right: Squash and Pepper, o/c, 9″x10 1/2″, 2021
There will be an artist’s reception 5-8pm on Thursday, October 7.
Franca will join artist Rita Baragona in the gallery at 3:30pm, October 30, in a conversation about the relationship of perception and memory.
All gallery events are free and open to the public. In compliance with NYC regulations, gallery visitors must wear masks and show proof of vaccination.
Franca’s paintings have appeared in group shows at Gallery North and BCK Fine Arts, Long Island and Westbeth Gallery, Blue Mountain and Bowery Gallery, New York City. She is a recent recipient of a City Artist Corps Grant administered by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA).
The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 AM to 6 PM. For more information, visit http://www.bowerygallery.org or call 646-230-6655.
547 W 27th St. Suite 508
New York, NY 10001