Delaware Valley Arts Alliance to open two new shows Reception on July 13: 'Visual Reassessments' by Irenaeus Yurchuk and ‘Matter of Course’ by Sonjie Feliciano Solomon
Irenaeus Yurchuk's "House of Worship" (Photo provided)
NARROWSBURG — Meet the artists who created two new shows at an opening reception to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 13, at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, 37 Main St., in Narrowsburg, N.Y. The reception is free and open to the public. “Visual Reassessments" is an exhibition of mixed media paintings by Irenaeus Yurchuk, whose work evolves from exploring the aesthetics of photographic images. After spending over 50 years as an ardent photographer, he has amassed thousands of images that have become the inspiration and frequent source of his new mixed media work. “Over the years my work has evolved to combine multiple image photography with drawing and painting, using a variety of digital editing and physical montage techniques,” Yurchuk said. “This includes adjusting inkjet images by applying acrylics, watercolors, pastels, markers, colored pencils together with selected collage materials to achieve a desired effect.” Born in Ukraine and raised in upstate New York, Yurchuk moved to New York City to earn an architecture degree from The Cooper Union and graduate degrees in urban design and planning from Columbia University. “I have a special interest in characterizing buildings, which reflects my background in architecture and urban design,” he said. “Works in the show include reexamined images of distinctive edifices, abstractions of topographic components, and some observations of the natural environment in the Narrowsburg area, where I have spent more than 40 summers.” He has participated in group exhibitions in North America and Europe, and his works are held in private collections in the United States and abroad. “Matter of Course,” an exhibition of mixed media by Sonjie Feliciano Solomon, to be exhibited in the Loft Gallery, asks the question: How do we express the ephemeral and emotional through solid materials and physical matter? Solomon’s paintings and sculptures are created when fundamental materials meet calculated design techniques. Conceits such as sorrow, doubt, and passion are evoked through materials such as wood, water, fabric, and thread. “I am trying to shape my intangible emotional and intellectual experiences into material form, sometimes processing a life milestone such as the loss of a loved one or the calm after a crisis, sometimes simply seeking the feeling of peace that eternally just evades us,” Solomon said. “While these are imprints of my own personal experiences, they speak of the universal human condition to the viewer through a playful engagement and parry of material and meaning.” An artist and designer based in Brooklyn, Solomon received a degree in industrial design from Rhode Island School of Design and a Business Administration degree from Georgetown University. She has exhibited her work in group shows throughout the country, and has had solo exhibitions at Causey Contemporary and IOI Gallery in Brooklyn. This is her first show at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. “As a designer, I am interested in developing new processes. So I use my training and tools to develop unconventional techniques to create the works,” she said. “I hope to create an experience of wonder to seduce the viewer and engage with not only the work as a result, but with a process that is not self-contained by any one piece.” She was born in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, and grew up in St. Louis. She spends summer and weekends in Sullivan County with her husband and children. In addition to her studio practice, she also has three patent-pending products on the market under the Hatch Things brand, which under her guidance develops fun, functional products for children. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The activities of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance are made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For more information, visit delawarevalleyartsalliance.org or call 845-252-7576.