‘Side by Side’ gallery opens Friday at BluSeed Studios

SARANAC LAKE – BluSeed Studios will host an opening for its newest exhibit, “Side by Side,” which presents work from Peter Russom and Noreen Sadue, from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

The works of these two artists share strong elements such as color and references to the natural world. Russom works directly from the landscape in his drawings and watercolors, which function as research material for larger more complex acrylic paintings. Sadue uses her compositions to present a collection of found objects that have influenced and inspired her design and painting technique.

“Painting is the most direct and satisfying means for me to discusses issues of identity, spirituality, and culture,” Russom said. “The process of developing my most recent work has allowed me to engage specific concerns that correspond to my personal history and faith. Each individual painting attempts to initiate both a visual and intellectual dialogue through the formal properties of painting. The selection of subject matter, the layering of color systems, and the geometric construction of the work all aim to catalyze the viewer in a meaningful discourse.”

Russom’s love of painting and teaching is linked to his life with SUNY Plattsburgh. After graduating from SUNY?Plattsburgh in 1985, he attended the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He returned to teach in the Art Department at SUNY?Plattsburgh in 1994.

His paintings and drawings have been exhibited in national and international exhibitions and are in numerous private and public collections in the United States and Italy.

“Within the realm of aesthetics, lies a personal appreciation for the imperfect,” Sadue said. “These discarded objects, suspended for a time in a state of disintegration, have become a source of inspiration. Surrendering to the forces of nature, they have been transformed, each revealing layers of texture and color. Richly steeped in stories, they are artifacts of a place and time. I present these rediscovered objects in a new light, each composition inspired by the object it holds.”

Sadue is an artist, teacher and collector of objects. These strands of her life weave together to provide continuous, creative inspiration.

She has lived and taught in the Plattsburgh area since 1991 when she accepted a position teaching art at a local high school.

Her education includes a B.F.A. from New York Institute of Technology and an M.A. from Goddard College in Vermont. Her areas of study include design, painting, photography and printmaking.

Her work has been exhibited throughout northeastern New York and Canada.