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Ariana Kolins and Russell Serrianne
July 12 - August 15, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 12th, 4 - 6 PM

Ariana Kolins

Russell Serrianne

Ariana Kolins uses the ceramic pinching technique to create both functional and sculptural work. She says: “Touch is paramount for my artistic expression. The care that goes into pinching clay--a slow, simple, process-oriented technique, one that is rudimentary and yet sophisticated, is similar to the care of building and maintaining relationships.”  Her work further explores how individual forms are transformed, either through interacting within groups, or by standing alone. “For me my forms of clay are as individuals, interacting with themselves, each other and the greater whole- the community.“

Ariana Kolins graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies and minoring in Ceramics.  She has a Post Baccalaureate certificate in Ceramics from Oregon College of Art and Craft. Her work has been shown in both regional and national exhibitions, most recently in shows at Baltimore Clay Works in Baltimore, MD, Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, and Clay Space Ceramic Arts Center, Warrenville, IL. She has taught ceramics in a variety of programs, including The New England Craft Program in Massachusetts and the Art Center of the Capital Region in Troy, NY.  With a strong interest in social justice, she has studied peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and has participated in service programs in Ghana and New Orleans.  Her long term hope and goal is to use art to build community and bring about positive change.  She currently lives in Worcester, MA where she is an Artist in Residence at the Worcester Center for Craft.  Learn more about Arian Kolins at www.arianakolins.com.

Russell Serrianne
uses the natural lines formed by vine tendrils to create his intricate three dimensional drawings.  Individual vines are carefully selected by shape, thickness and size. A piece may contain anywhere from 75 to 1,700 vine tendrils. He says: “I am captivated by the energized line naturally found in the strength and determination of the vine tendril. In my work I use the vine tendril as my drawing tool, as my mark, as 3- dimensional line. I reinvent the appearance of the tendril's thin bark with burnishing techniques such as steel wool rubbing and with coatings of clear shellac, creating a mark that appears to be fabricated; mechanically twisted, metalized and disassociated from its natural intent and yet true in its organic statement.”

Russell Serrianne studied at The New School of Art in Toronto, The Center for Music, Drama & Art in Lake Placid, NY, and SUNY Plattsburgh.  He founded and ran Seri-Graphics, a silk-screening and graphic design business, for 30 years. In 2006, after receiving a New York State Decentralization grant to create a kinetic zoetrope installation at SUNY Adirondack, he decided to focus more attention to his art. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Gallery 7444 in Saranac Lake, NY, and group shows at the Albany Center Galleries, The Laffer Gallery in Schuylerville, the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY and LARAC and The Shirt Factory Gallery, both in Glens Falls, NY.  Russell Serrianne lives in Glens Falls, and currently curates for the World Awareness Children’s Museum in Glens Falls. Learn more about Russell Serrianne at www.serriannestudio.com

This exhibition is funded in part by Hacker Boat Company, Inc., Glens Falls National Bank, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. The Courthouse Gallery hours during exhibitions are Tuesday through Friday 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 12 – 4 pm, and all other times by appointment. The Courthouse Gallery is located at the side entrance of the Old County Courthouse, corner of Canada and Lower Amherst Streets, Lake George, NY.

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