Art in the Garden Fall Fest Weekend

Submitted by Todd Plough

Darlene Allen’s Art in the Garden Fall Festival exhibition is one event you’ll fall in love with. One day, 11 artists and the chance of a lifetime.

On Saturday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the public is graciously welcomed to this free event at 11 Rockwell Ave., just two blocks across from Tops Market off Mill Street in the village of Ellicottville.

While you visit, please take this opportunity to watch the artists working on live paintings and drawings throughout the day. One of Allen’s goals for this event is to allow the public to interact with these internationally recognized artists on a personal level, something that usually will cost you a pretty penny. Seeing a great piece of art in the making is something most people never get to experience. Here’s your chance thanks to all the participating artists and Darlene Allen’s vision.

Amongst the 11 artists working in the gardens, you will find such notables as Thomas Paquette, who currently has a one-man show, “On Nature’s Terms,” at the Regina A. Quick Center at St. Bonaventure in Allegany. Please do visit his show before coming to Art in the Garden to experience the magic and grandeur of Paquette’s vision. Ellen Paquette, his wife, will be providing live Celtic harp music during the event and offering some of her delightful whimsical wares. Ellen is in great demand for her musical gift and we are very honored to have her preforming live. If you have never heard Ellen and her harp, it’s worth the short walk just for that!

In case you haven’t heard, Jennifer Miller, who just won the prestigious Federal Duck Stamp
competition ahead of 188 other national artists will also be represented. Jennifer’s wildlife work’s exquisite color, composition and attention to detail will leave you breathless. Your hostess, Darlene Allen and photographer extraordinaire, will be displaying captivating imagery and paintings. Allen’s lifelong obsession with photography has finally gained the recognition it deserves being juried into the exclusive Southern Tier Biennial and three new galleries in the last month. Come see and you’ll see why.

You will have an opportunity to see the genius of Peg Bothner’s watercolor sketches of musicians, lyrical works that surprise and delight.  Peg seems to exercise “careful reckless abandon” while working — a true artist!

Robin Zefers Clark’s tributes to New York’s cultural heritage, haunting abandoned places and places you’d like to be, help you understand why people love this area. There is a beautiful energy here that feels like home and Robin captures that in her skillful watercolors.

Judson Brown, plein air painter (a French term for open or full air painting on location), will be sharing his colorful experiences of travel in the Adirondacks and beyond through the path of his brush. Judson’s paintings often make you feel the quick glimpse of an experience or the peace of solitude. Either way, they are visually rewarding.

The much-esteemed Betty Meierjurgen will be showing off her pastel pieces, which are lively and fresh, while her oils are moody and deep — a little like Betty herself, LOL. With Betty, you never know what you’ll be looking at next, because she draws from a lifetime of rich experiences with thousands of miles in between. Make sure you ask her, “Where is that?” You’ll get an answer and likely a good story, too.

Get yourself a second dose of insightful plein air brushwork by the talented Jeremiah Kirby. Jeremiah impressed Allen with his enthusiastic and painterly style at her plein air event in 2013.

If you’re in for a drawing experience, then you will definitely want to seek out Denise Drummond’s magical graphite works that make most people ask, “Is that a photograph?” Drummond’s award-winning works are both sublime and transcendent, her compositions timeless.

Finally, Todd Plough, the American Impressionist painter, will be working wildly, so watch your step around him or you’re liable to wind up with a dab of paint souvenir on you. Todd’s work has been widely collected by art connoisseurs internationally and has been seen in Martha Stewart Living magazine. Currently, his painting of “Birches at Sunrise ” hangs as the centerpiece of the Vanderbuilt’s Great Camp Sagamore dining hall in Raquette Lake, N.Y.

All of Allen’s artists have been carefully selected for their absolute integrity as artists, professionalism and extraordinary work. Please come and visit this FREE one-day event and get an eye and earful of the richest talent anywhere — right here in Ellicottville! Look for the signs “Art Show Today.”

Remember — 11, 11, and 11 — Oct. 11, 11 Rockwell Ave., 11 artists. Come learn, come listen, come enjoy!