'Local Gets Personal' show opens July 28

Roxbury — The public is invited to attend the opening reception of “Local Gets Personal,” featuring the work of local artist Ellen Wong on Saturday, July 28 at the Roxbury Arts Center, on Vega Mountain Road in Roxbury, from 4-6 p.m.

For more than 20 years Ellen has been inspired and moved by nature, particularly the Catskill landscape.  As a part time resident of Roxbury, she has painted her life and the life around her. 
“My work is about nature; the land and our connection to it.  I now find myself drawn to the places that embody the serene and quiet; the ordinary aspects of nature, rather than the spectacular and picturesque.  I move – on foot, bike, in a car – searching for the small moments and gestures – the play of light on a rain soaked road, golden farm fields freshly hayed, cows grazing in the breaking morning mist  and I stop to sketch, to paint, and in the process I become one with this moment.  This show is about connection and relationship,  as it has developed over these years, with the very personal and very local landscape. 

“Each place is specific, true to a moment in time and space.  Yet, I have tried to remove the unessential details, to become free from the slavish copying of nature, to paint for painting’s sake, as a surface with a life of its own. I sense it is a world that you too have experienced and savored.”

Wong is a founding member of the Longyear Gallery and has been the subject of many one woman, and group shows in numerous galleries and venues in upstate New York and New York City. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and recognitions, most notably the NYS Council of the Arts DEC Grant administered by the Roxbury Arts Group and sponsored by the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, a NEA fellowship, and a teacher/artist residency at Skidmore College.
Ellen currently co-hosts ‘The Farm Hour,’ a weekly talk show about local agriculture on WIOX, 91.3 FM.

“Local Gets Personal” will be on view through August 25, gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. and by appointment.