Niagara Gazette

April 4, 2013

Kenan exhibit pairs accomplished local watercolorists

Staff reports
Night & Day

Night & Day — E. Jane Stoddard and Kathleen Dworak say that after seeing their upcoming exhibit, you’ll never think of watercolors in same way. In fact, both artists have made names for themselves as multi-award-winning painters by “expanding the parameters of what watercolor can be.”

The proof will be on display at the Kenan Center House Gallery in Lockport when the two present their first combined exhibit titled, “A Passion for Detail: The Watercolors of E. Jane Stoddard and Kathleen E. Dworak.” The exhibit opens Sunday with a free public reception from 2 to 5 p.m. and continues through May 12. Gallery hours are: Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.

Stoddard began her career as an oil painter; she feels this greatly enhances her work as a watercolorist. Her approach is highly personalized — she makes her own rules and follows her own instincts. As a result, she creates highly detailed paintings of architecture, marine subjects, and market scenes in purely transparent watercolor utilizing glazing and layering techniques.

Dworak’s work is filled with crisp lines, bold colors, and subject matter rarely captured in watercolor. A series of motorcycle paintings has been her major focus of late. Capturing the intricate details of the engines coupled with the abstracted reflections in the chrome has proven to be both artistically challenging and deeply rewarding.

The Kenan Center House Gallery is located in the Kenan House, 433 Locust St., Lockport. An active exhibition space since 1966 when it featured the works of Charles Burchfield and, in 2011, his daughter, the late Catherine Parker, the Kenan Center House Gallery averages eight exhibits annually of local, regional and national artists. For more info, call 433-2617 or go to www.kenancenter.org.