On Friday I meet Donna Wynbrandt for the first time. I had seen her paintings in a gallery in Cambridge NY a few months ago and fell in love with her work.
On first seeing Donna’s paintings I thought them delightful, then their depth began to reveal itself. They are completely unselfconscious, expressive, emotional and skillfully executed. Her subject matter comes from the myths and figures of historical art and personal experience.
Donna is a self taught artist who started painting seriously in the 1990′s after a family member mentioned to her that he thought she was a good artist. She showed me a stack of Art books that she consults for subject matter and said she also likes to sit in Stewarts (Upstate NY’s equivalent of 7-Eleven) and draw the people who come in. The portraits are all people from her life.
Donna is one of the six artists in the next show at the Pig Barn Gallery on Bedlam Farm. The exhibit is called The Everyday Goddess and is about the goddess in us all. It will be on the weekend of June 23rd and 24th. We’ll have an artists reception on Saturday the 24th and you can meet the donkeys, dogs and chickens (hopefully) too. I’ll be writing about and showing the work of the other artists in the days leading up to the show.
So plan for a day at Bedlam Farm in June. Depending on when we sell the Farm, it may be the last show in the Pig Barn Gallery.