Three local artists featured at Hudson GalleryWritten by John P. McCartney | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The work of three local artists, including 20 oil and acrylic paintings, will go on display, May 10 at Hudson Gallery in the historic downtown area of Sylvania.
The gallery will open its exhibit, “This Just In,” with a reception from 6-8 p.m. May 10 that gallery owner Scott Hudson calls an opportunity “to enjoy paintings topical to the spring season.” The exhibit, which will run through May 12, is free and open to the public.
Artists highlighted in the exhibit include Skot Horn, Susan Morosky and Judy Munro.
Horn, who considers himself versatile, said he’s an “abstract to representational” artist who changes the type of art he’s doing “without really meaning to. I like to experiment.”
Munro, a landscape and figurative artist, said her work is “stylistically representative, not realistic in the way a photograph is realistic.” She said her paintings, which start out as charcoal sketches, on canvas, evolve while they are on the canvas.
Munro said people will be pleased if they take 45 to 60 minutes out of their daily schedule to attend this exhibit.
“At the very least, anyone who goes to a show enlarges their world,” Munro said. “They see the world, or a part of the world, through someone else’s life. I’d hope they’d maybe be entertained, maybe be amused, and if they’re really lucky, they’ll find something that enriches their world and they can’t live without.”
Hudson said he is particularly impressed with the art on display this spring season.
“There’s a quality to the work that will amaze people,” he said. “[The work] takes you out of your everyday. You get this sort of other perspective. It causes you to look at the world differently because you’re looking at how these artists are looking at the world.”
Hudson said exhibits like this give him and his wife Barbara a chance to find new artists.
“On a broad spectrum, I think the art community in Toledo is amazing. There’s fabulous work being made here, on par with any other metropolitan area the same size or even larger than Toledo.”
Hudson particularly loves to watch people interact with the art he displays in his 10-year-old gallery.
“It’s so much fun when people come in the gallery and look at work,” he said. “Oftentimes, people will ask, ‘What is it?’ I always hesitate to answer because I’m giving them my impression of what it is, and I’m robbing them of theirs. That’s part of the experience of looking at art, drawing your own conclusions.”
Hudson says he knows he has a good exhibit when patrons linger in his gallery.
“I like to look for how long people stay in the gallery,” he said. “If people are interacting with the painting, and they’re stopping, they’re talking, they’re looking at the work, they’re spending time with each piece, then I know I have a good show.”
Hudson said he takes pride in exhibiting the work of local artists next to the work of nationall known artists. He said that encourages new talent to emerge.
“In 2006, we did a national juried print competition,” he said. “The exhibit was chosen from that jury’s selections. It provided us an opportunity to find new artists. We found several new artists that we continue to represent to this day.
“We’re always looking for, finding, new talent. Judy Monro is a new artist to the gallery. She started in December, and we’ve already sold seven, eight, nine of her paintings.”
The gallery, housed in a restored building dating back to the mid-1800s, is located at 5645 N. Main St. in Sylvania. It has been at its current location since 2006 and averages 10 to 12 exhibits a year.
Hudson Gallery exhibits a variety of art forms, including paintings, drawings, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture, photographic prints and the “fine crafts” of ceramics, glass, fiber, texture, weaving and jewelry.
In the past year, Hudson said he has turned his attention away from his website [www.hudsongallery.net] to social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter to more effectively connect with the public. He said there are updates on the Twitter account at least weekly, if not sometimes daily.