Original Exhibit Dates: December 8, 2008 to January 10, 2009

Our premiere exhibit brought together three artists who studied at the New York Studio School in the 1970s, each of whom expresses her personal sensibility through her medium and epitomizes the essential elements of art-making – color, line and form.

Hollis Jeffcoat explores the nature that surrounds her, always in search of its essence. In her Woods series, featured in this exhibit, she captures the majestic quality of trees and, through her unique vision and ability, enables us to feel the closeness of the branches and the air around them – we are enveloped. Jeffcoat uses pastels in a painterly way, creating structure in the vertical tree trunks and space with her extraordinary sense of color, and each piece in the series offers a place for contemplation and remembrance.

Pattie Lipman’s exquisite use of line and soft touch create quiet works that belie a deeper sense of both mystery and knowing. Her line is delicate yet decisive, which produces great form and space, and she is an amazingly gifted and thoughtful draftsperson, depicting an anatomical rightness in her works of the female figure and imbuing each with a psychological and emotional quality. Her Intaglio prints evoke times both ancient and modern, while her graphite drawings invite the eye to explore their many intricacies.

Deborah Masters' small sculptures embody the same monumental presence as her large public works, and her connection to the celebrated artists of the Renaissance inspires her to produce pieces that are both iconic and specific to her life. Her expressionistic surfaces are ‘worked’ rather than refined or stylized, allowing the light to play among the various planes, exciting the surface. The female figures in this exhibit are solid and angular, and even though we feel their strength, we also sense their vulnerability.