Press Release: Conceptual Currents Show Opens June 6

Betty O’Brien, Laura Neadle, Kate Austin-Avon watermedia art show

Three Shirt Factory artists show from June 3 to July 3 at the Shirt Factory Gallery

GLENS FALLS, NY — The Shirt Factory Gallery presents “Conceptual Currents,” a show featuring works in watermedia by Shirt Factory artists Betty O’Brien, Laura Neadle and Kate Austin-Avon. The show runs from June 3 to July 3, 2015, with an opening reception with wine and refreshments on Saturday, June 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Shirt Factory Gallery is open Wednesdays to Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m., and is located on the first floor in Suite 120 at the loading dock entrance of the Shirt Factory Arts and Healing Center, at 71 Lawrence Street in Glens Falls, New York. For information, visit www.shirtfactorygallery.com.

Elizabeth (Betty) O’Brien is a regionally known award-winning artist who has participated in both regional and national shows. Betty describes her work as ranging in style from abstract to “expressively realistic.” Her subjects’ qualities are exaggerated and reconfigured. Media manipulations and expressive marks further push reality beyond the descriptive. She finds inspiration in the landscape and organic lyrical forms in nature. Betty retired from teaching and operates The Watermedia Academy on the second floor of the Shirt Factory, leading workshops in expressive drawing and painting, and watercolor. Her website is www.bettyobrienwatermedia.com.

Laura Neadle has worked in traditional watercolor techniques for years, and in the past few years has expanded into other watermedia such as acrylic, inks, and several kinds of supports and grounds. She earned her art degree from Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, and has continued her studies with many well-known artists and instructors. She has exhibited at many venues in the area, and received awards and shown at prestigious juried shows including The Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors. She also has a second floor studio at The Shirt Factory where she works. Her website is www.lauraneadle.com.

Kate Austin-Avon has been showing her textural, experimental watermedia artwork in the Glens Falls area since 2007, and also operates her marketing, design and PR firm Advokate out of her art studio on the second floor of The Shirt Factory. Kate works mainly on Yupo, a plastic paper that allows the color to slide over the top of it, delivering a challenge in release of control. Kate’s process is exploratory and historically has also been autobiographical, but this show features mainly abstract works; some with deeper meaning and some that are purely playforms. Her additional painting tools include cling wrap, feathers, rubbing alcohol and locks of her own hair. Her websites are www.kateaustinavon.net and www.advokate.net.

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Kate Austin-Avon
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Kate Austin-Avon is the owner and founder of Advokate, LLC. She lives in Glens Falls, New York, with her husband Cory (Vice President of Advokate!) and their three children.