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Joint Reception at HWS Showcases 18 Artists

September 13, 1999 Geneva, NY – Two art exhibitions have opened on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. One exhibition is titled “v.1” and features the work of 17 artists who use a variety of electronic media to make contemporary visual art. The second exhibition is titled “Ron Netsky: Etchings” and features a series of prints that depict the world of intimate landscapes.

A joint reception premiering the work of the 18 artists will be held from 7 until 9 p.m. on Friday, September 24, at the Houghton House Gallery located on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The reception is free and open to the public.

The “v.1” exhibition includes the work of Nicholas H. Ruth, assistant professor of art at Hobart and William Smith, who teaches such courses as drawing, digital imaging, and color and composition. Other local artists include Ann Curran, Brian Truglio, Vincent Grenier, Douglas Holleley, Norie Neumark, Maria Miranda, and Karen LaVallee Norton, all from Ithaca; Kirsi Peltomäki of Rochester; and Allyn Stewart of Cazenovia.

Ruth and the other artists in the “v.1” exhibition use electronic media to create Iris prints, artists books, and installation to interactive CD Roms and video. Much of the work directly comments on changing notions of communication in our rapidly changing world and uses the dramatic recent developments in computer technology. The exhibition will be on display through November 17.

“Ron Netsky: Etchings” is an exhibition of the prints of Rochester artist Ron Netsky, which depict gardens, fences, paths, and stairways. The etchings suggest the presence of the people who shaped them, and call our attention to the delicate balance between the built and natural spaces people inhabit. The exhibition will be on display until October 15.

Ron Netsky is a respected and widely exhibited artist, with work in prominent collections, including the National Gallery. He is the chair of the art department at Nazareth College, and has also been writing art criticism for art journals and newspapers.

The Houghton House Gallery is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Gallery information can be obtained from the HWS Art Department at 315: 781-3487.

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