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Esmé Thompson
January 19 - February 22, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 19, 4 - 6 PM

Esmé Thompson’s paintings, sculpture and art installations are full of bold and colorful patterns influenced by decorative designs as diverse as  Renaissance paintings, medieval illuminated manuscripts, and the complex patterns of Islamic textiles and ceramic tiles.  She says: “In nature and in art, the repetition of simple pattern often organizes complex structures. My collages and paintings focus on the correspondence between man-made decoration and design found in nature. Through the organization of the space in my art I emphasize connection, integration and relationship of the parts to the whole, revealing the links that connect ornamental iconography to the structures of the natural world.”

 Esmé Thompson received an M.F.A. from Yale University and M.A. from the University of Iowa, and a B.A. in English from Whitworth College, Spokane. In 2011 she had a solo retrospective exhibition at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, titled “Esmé Thompson:  The Alchemy of Design.”  Recent exhibitions include shows at the Bowery Gallery and Mercer Gallery, both in New York City, New England College, Henniker, NH, and the Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, VT.  Thompson was a three time Fellow at the Bogliasco Foundation in Liguria, Italy. Other awards include a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in Bellagio, Italy, and a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan, Ireland. She lives in New Hampshire and is Professor of Studio Art at Dartmouth College, where she has been teaching since 1979. 

This exhibition is funded in part by Price Chopper's Golub Foundation, Hacker Boat Company, Inc., 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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