A Breath of Fresh Air Hits the Arts Center of the Capital Region
TROY — Takeyce Walter will present a collection of recent paintings in an exhibition titled A Breath of Fresh Air at The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, NY from September 30, 2022 to November 26, 2022. Her landscape paintings of the Adirondack region not only explore the beauty of nature, but also offer inspiration through her dedication to her craft, commitment to ecological conservation, and community leadership.
Working in oil paint and pastels, Takeyce takes an en plein air approach to her subjects in the Northeast. As a contemporary impressionist, light and color take precedence in each composition to augment an atmospheric quality that reveals the impression of a moment. Landmarks are represented by expressive mark-making that focus on the essence of the environment.
In addition to being inspired by nature, Takeyce also works to influence others to find connection both in nature and in their own artmaking. As a board member of the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, she connects viewers to the outdoors. Accompanying her paintings is her blog, where she informs viewers of each location’s ecological significance.
In an effort to dedicate more time to her creative pursuits, she and close friend Kate Edwards developed the idea of Creative February in 2014. Both artists, who have birthdays in February, dedicated each of the 28 days to art making. Takeyce and Kate celebrated their tenacious efforts with a two-woman show exhibiting the work. Creative February has subsequently grown to welcome and inspire more artists in the region to participate annually.
Since its beginning, Takeyce has dedicated each February to her practice. By building a social media presence, daily blogging, and fundraising to support non-profit organizations, her artworks have become a source of inspiration and emblems of perseverance.
A Breath of Fresh Air presents artwork from Takeyce’s 2022 installment of Creative February. Additionally, Takeyce has invited Kate Edwards and other members of the Creative February community to present their work in a group show, Creative Collective: featuring Kate Edwards and Creative February artists. This show will run in conjunction with Takeyce’s solo exhibition, at the Art Center of the Capital Region’s Wallace Gallery. Participating artists are Kate Edwards, Deborah Bayly, Loretta A. Fontaine-Castagna, Wendy Allen, Penny Lee Deere, Terry Teitelbaum, Kathy Klompas, Pamela G. Stendardi, and Rebecca Zeh.
Gallery Hours: Monday: 10 – 5 pm, Tuesday – Thursday: 10 am – 7 pm, Friday: 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm