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Friday, June 30, 2017


This Sunday, July 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., abstract paintings by Allen "Denny" C. Smith will be on exhibit in the Main Gallery at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro.
For his exhibit titled "Decade: Drawings & Paintings: 2007-2017," Smith has selected representative pieces from the past 10 years to show the progression of his work. "I am most comfortable in the realm of abstract and minimalist artwork - kind of reducing elements to a simple form. I am fascinated by color. Many of my paintings are simply color studies," he said.

"There will be 24 paintings and maybe more on display. Half of the show is a mini-retrospective on the artwork I created between 2007 and 2015," Smith said. "The others have been completed in the past year and a half." The paintings on exhibit range in size from the smallest, which is 10 inches square, to the largest, which is six feet wide by four feet high. "I would say that more than half of the paintings in this exhibit have never been outside my studio," Smith said. "The majority of them are oils, several are watercolors and one is a pencil drawing."

A reception with the artist will be on Sunday afternoon, July 16 from 2-4 p.m. at the Gmeiner. Refreshments will be served and the artist will talk about his various paintings on display and how they reflect the logical progression through his stages of development. Of interest to regional artists will be Smith’s painting process and frame construction, all performed in his studio in downtown Elmira, New York.

A native of Elmira, Smith began his professional art career there as curator of collections at the Arnot Art Museum for four years. He spent the next 30 years offering commercial gallery and arts services in Elmira, including 16 years as the owner of a commercial art gallery where he also sold art supplies and did custom framing and 14 years working for Naglee Fine Arts in Elmira, handling packaging, crating and the transportation of fine art for museums and collectors across the Northeastern United States.

He considers himself a traditional painter in oil and watercolor but also sometimes uses Crayola crayons and paint sticks when creating. "My artworks are heartfelt depictions of my mood, driven by jazz, classical and rock music in my studio. While I strive for minimalist abstractions, I am fascinated with geometric design and random theory," he said.

For each of the four colorful paintings in his Bonne Chance series, he chose the colors he would use out of a box with his eyes closed. He then determined his color application order by tossing a coin 468 times for each painting. "This act released me from the responsibility of color choice and offered me the same sense of surprise that my audience experiences," said Smith.

In the past decade, his drawings and paintings have been included in many invitational exhibitions, and selected for inclusion in significant national and regional juried exhibitions.

This exhibit at the Gmeiner is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays, July 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, and 26-28 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, July 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23 and 29 & 30.

Artist Denny Smith is shown with his painting titled “BC Target.” An oil on canvas, it is 48 x 48 inches square. It will not be in his show at the Gmeiner but another of the five of his random choice series will be.

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