Small Works: New Paintings by Amanda Brown, Stephanie Del Carpio and Kate Manire

Opening Saturday, February 10th
4 – 6pm

Bannerman Gallery
150 Main Street – Beacon

The three artists are contemporaries who have studied together in the past and who now work and reside in the Boroughs of NYC. Visitors to the gallery will see a cohesive exhibition – but a show that displays three very distinct styles and approaches to painting.

Ongoing through Sunday, April 8th.

Artist Amanda C. Brown is a current M.F.A. candidate at Hunter College in New York, NY.  Originally from Chicago, she received her B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied under the Advanced Painting Department.   She has also attended the International School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture in Motecastello di Vibio, Italy where she began her foundation in Landscape Painting.  Her work has been exhibited in the U.S., Italy and Portugal. She states; “In my recent work I am painting the urban landscape.  I am interested in the built environment as an objective container into which one’s subjectivity may be projected; and how paint becomes a vehicle for this projection.  I am also interested in the use of color, value and perspective as formal devices capable of creating pictorial tension between positive and negative space.  My paintings observe reflections, shadows and distances between buildings that become psychological in their stillness and embodiment of absence.”

Stephanie Del Carpio lives and works in New York City.  She completed her Master of Fine Arts at the New York Academy of Art and Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work explores social constructs of femininity and her experiences with beauty.  Ms. Del Carpio states, “In this series of small works, I explore pageantry in 18th century French Baroque and Rococo. Drawing from artists such as Jean-Antoine Watteau and Honore Fragonard, I collage figures from fête galante paintings into decorative compositions to create new narratives.”

Kate Manire was born in Rye, NY and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.  She began painting at Vanderbilt University as a Fine Arts Major and graduated from the MFA program at New York Academy of Art in May of 2017. Her studio is now located in Long Island City, NY.  Kate’s guiding interest in her paintings, drawings and prints is illumination and its power to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.  Ms. Manire states, “My most recent body of work is devoted to fleeting moments of discovery guided by illumination. Each image is loosely based on photographs of situations in which light transforms a scene, object or surface into something entirely new.  In my daily life I am constantly taking record of these moments, since I know I will never see them again.  When I set out to paint these images, it is in part to re-experience them – and also to give evidence that they really happened.”

Exhibition runs from February 10th – April 8th.   Gallery Hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 noon – 5:00pm and most weekday afternoons and evenings by chance and appointment.  For more information on this show, or to schedule a group tour or private appointment – please call Exhibition Coordinator Laurie Clark at 845-416-8342.  For additional information on other Bannerman Castle Trust events and programs, please call BCT Executive Director, Neil Caplan at 845-234-3204.  Thank you.