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Keuka College Art Show Highlights Local Artists

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Art by Rochester artist Karen Frutiger, titled "Tumble." Ms. Frutiger and Canandaigua artist Jeanne Beck will exhibit their art in Keuka College's upcoming art show, opening Nov. 11.

Artists Jeanne Beck and Karen Frutiger will display their creative works as part of Keuka College’s latest art show.

The exhibit, tilted "Concealing & Revealing: An Artistic Duet," opens Monday, Nov. 11, and runs through Dec. 15. An artists’ reception is slated for Thursday, Nov. 14, from 4:30-6 p.m. in Lightner Library's Lightner Gallery, and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, and some of the art will be for sale.

Jeanne owns and operates Jeanne Beck Art Gallery & Studio in Canandaigua’s historic downtown district. She creates mixed-media paintings and large installations, which explore color, texture, line, and shape as she translates an idea into visual expression. Jeanne’s work explores ways to communicate insights about human experience, creativity, and interconnectedness.

“We all live our stories, the ones we tell about ourselves to ourselves, and the ones we tell about ourselves to others,” says Jeanne in her artist’s statement. “My works are a way of telling new stories about the power of creativity, using a visual language that is evolving with each new work.” 

Jeanne has exhibited and lectured at the Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) in Chicago, and received a Rosen Group Niche Award for one of her “Book of the Ancients” mixed-media constructions in 2013. Represented by Meibohm Fine Art Gallery in East Aurora, N.Y., Jeanne is an exhibiting member of Buffalo Society of Artists. 

Karen, a Rochester resident, says her artistic process is one of addition and subtraction, starting with random marks, drawing, collage, and paint. She then sands, lifts paint, and obscures with more collage, to create veiled layers. 

“I add and subtract until something in the painting speaks to me or gives me direction,” says Karen in her artist’s statement. “The process reminds me of a dig—shapes materialize and scraps of images and color emerge. I carefully work around the ruins to find something precious, imperfect, and meaningful. I invite the viewer to lean in.” 

An organizing member of the Rochester Art Collective, Karen is a member of the Artist’s breakfast Group, Arena Art Group, N.Y. Figure Study Guild, Mill Art Center and Gallery, Schweinfurth Art Center, Flower City Arts Center, and the Memorial Art Gallery. 

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