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The Field Library Gallery to host reception for Rose Marie James’ “Oil on Canvas”


This Saturday, April 13, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm the community is invited to the opening reception of Rose Marie James’ “Oil On Canvas” exhibition at the Field Library Gallery.  

Rose Marie James is an artist and teacher. She holds a Master of Science in Art Education, teaches at the New York Botanical Garden in their Illustration program. Her current works are abstracted interpretations based on her background in botanical illustration. Her oil paintings reflect how she sees the personalities of flora and fauna, pushing them beyond the real and discovering their visual potential through abstraction. 

“My inspiration comes from my many years as a botanical artist. Although plants are my source, I want their unique qualities to go beyond replication of the natural world. I see these subjects, transformed by abstraction, playing with the paint on the canvas, as intriguing new visualizations. I want the viewer to see with new eyes.  I want them to find the free use of the paint as part of the painting’s essence beyond the plant.” 

Rose Marie James
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 “I love painting with oils. I love how it feels as the paint goes onto the canvas. I love the smell. I love the way the paint works with itself. I love that it can be applied thick or thin …or it can be both at the same time. I love how the colors can be layered where one color peeks through another. I love the fun of it all,” James says,

Over the course of career, she has studied with many renowned painters including Robert Blair, Albert Handell and Walter Prochownik. Her work is held in many private collections and has been shown at Chautauqua Institute and the Western New York Show at the Albright Knox Art Gallery. 

The exhibition, which has been on display since April 3rd, is slated to run until the end of the month. The Field Gallery, located on the mezzanine level of The Field Library. Visitors can view Oil on Canvas in the Field Gallery anytime the Field Library is open. 

The Field Gallery, at the Field Library, was established about 17 years ago when the library converted a former law library into a gallery space. In a quick span of time, the Field Gallery became an integral part of the Peekskill artist community. Exhibits at the space typically run for 6-12 weeks.

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Dave Mueller
As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]