Continuing With The Natural World
At Alex Ferrone Gallery
Cutchogue, October 14, 2020
Continuing in a year with many folks experiencing more time out in nature, A Study of Flora exhibition opens at Alex Ferrone Gallery and presents works by three artists using organic subject matter as inspiration. A Study of Flora features dimensional cyanotype-encaustic collages by Nijole Kudirka, graphic black and white photographs by Pamela Waldroup, and flowing pastels and works on paper by Constance Sloggatt Wolf. A Study of Flora is on exhibit now through November 15, 2020.
For her exhibit series, Tobago Seas, artist Nijole Kudirka relied on the evocative play of water and light to inspire her collages. For the base of her pieces, cyanotypes are produced with natural items like seaweed, coral, and flowers brought in by the tides. Utilizing transparent Japanese rice papers and fusing the piece with wax, her collages present a magical world of swirls and color alive with movement, depth, luster, and rich surfaces.
Primarily photographing in black and white and inspired by Edward Weston, Pamela Waldroup creates dynamic images that often take on a sculptural quality. For her exhibit series, Organic Reactions, Ms. Waldroup’s photographic images are hyper-focused on the subject of hosta plants as she relays a mindfulness and peaceful resolve of the ordinary for the viewer.
Passion for the study and celebration of nature is persistent in Constance Sloggatt Wolf’s work. Feeling that one must study nature and its eternal structure closely for better understanding, the four works in A Study of Flora evidence Ms. Wolf’s unwavering commitment to that idea, and that everything in our physical and spiritual worlds are connected.
About the artists
Residing in New York City, Lithuanian born photographer Nijole Kudirka received her B.A. at University of Connecticut and Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University. She first developed creatively in sculpture and painting, and then studied photography in New York City at the Studio School, School of Visual Arts, and The International Center for Photography (ICP).
Ms. Kudirka has traveled extensively photographing diverse sites around the world, including in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. Nijole has exhibited widely including at The National Museum of Prague, Ecco Espace Cultural in Brazil, and the Mark Miller Gallery, New York. Her works have been widely published in the United States and in Lithuania, and are in many public collections. Awards for her photography include the FOTOARTE Brasilia prize in 2009, and she has published two books with poet Bianca Tarozzi.
Long Island artist Pamela Waldroup earned her B.F.A. from Ohio University and an M.A. from Long Island University, and her experiences studying with master artist Stan Brodsky, and master printmaker Dan Welden, inspired her transition to fine art photography as her primary media over the years. Originally from the Midwest, Waldroup established her creative career on Long Island while teaching darkroom, digital photography and fine arts for 33 years.
Now retired, Waldroup continues her fine art career and exhibits her works in regional galleries and museums including Salmagundi Club and 440 Gallery in NYC, Fotofoto Gallery and East End Arts as well as Mills Pond House Gallery, LI Museum, and The Heckscher Museum of Art, among others on Long Island. Accolades for her work include awards from Alex Ferrone Gallery, National Association of Women Artists (NAWA), and Mills Pond House Gallery, among others. Waldroup is president of Fotofoto Gallery in Huntington and is an exhibiting member of the NAWA in NYC.
Constance Sloggatt Wolf
Long Island based award-winning artist and educator for over three decades, Constance Sloggatt Wolf earned her B.F.A. in Painting from Pratt Institute in New York and her M.F.A. in Painting from Long Island University where she was awarded a teaching fellowship with Artist Robert Yasuda. A long time member of the National Art Education Association and currently teaching International Baccalaureate Visual Arts, Drawing and Painting at Northport Senior High School, Wolf’s accolades include induction into the National Association of Artists (NAWA) and the honor as Suffolk County Art Educator of the Year by New York State Art Teachers Association. Additional awards received include from NAWA, Art League of Long Island, and Huntington Arts Council, among others.
Wolf’s work has been included in many exhibitions including a solo exhibition at Patchogue Arts Council and group exhibits at Long Island University, Long Island Art Museum, and Art League of Long Island, among others. Wolf was also accepted into the BIG INK printmaking program and her mail-art is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Islip Art Museum, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Karuizawa New Art Museum, Japan.
Visit A Study of Flora Fridays through Mondays from 12-5pm, or by appointment other days through November 15. Masks and physical distancing are required when visiting. See the Gallery’s website for additional safety protocols.
Alex Ferrone Gallery is at 25425 Main Road, Cutchogue. Visit AlexFerroneGallery.com for more info or call 631-734-8545.