SUNY Cobleskill Professor to Show Paintings at Arkell Museum

SUNY Cobleskill Adjunct Professor Julie Takacs has had two of her works selected for inclusion in the Annual Juried Art Show at the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie, NY. The works, “Ames from White Rd” and “Mecca”, were inspired by the natural beauty of the area.

Takacs has worked in mixed media collage for 20 years, participating in shows, collaborative works and a documentary film. The selected paintings are from her more recent exploration of water color painting over the past three years.

“The pieces that got accepted into the Arkell Show represent a little milestone for me, since they are they first paintings of mine to make it into a juried show in this new medium,” she said.

This is the 20th year of the Annual Juried Art Show, which celebrates New York State’s finest artists living and working in the Mohawk Valley, Capital District, Hudson Valley, Adirondack Region, Catskills and beyond. The show runs from November 4 through January 4, 2017.

There will be an opening reception and awards ceremony on Friday, December 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.

About the Paintings

meccafinarkell“Mecca (summer, 2016)” was a painting that began as a tribute to that most unusual summer flower, the Mullein.

While I sat and painted a flower specimen from the field outside on my deck, several insects came and landed on the flowers, still feeding from it, even though it was dying in the vase. This scene planted the seed for the concept of the painting. I decided to place as many insects as possible feeding from the flower, a feeding frenzy! 

In keeping with the botanical nature of this work, I also was careful to use insects native to our region. The idea of several beings flocking to one object for reverence and sustenance has many shadow meanings, provoking fodder for thought while providing a good subject for this painting. – Julie Takacs

ames“Ames from White Rd (summer, 2015)” was painted plein air on location. On a very hot and saturated August day, I was compelled to pull over on the side of the road and attempt to capture the afternoon sunlight shining above the Rte. 20 corridor north of Ames, NY.

I spent three hours on the side of the road, with my very impatient Boston terrier, and completed the painting on location. The painting could never compare with the majesty of the landscape here in the Mohawk Valley, but Arkell found it worthy of the show! – Julie Takacs