Horizons / Transitions: Paintings and drawings by Cathy Doocy

From Saturday, January 23 through Saturday, March 6, the Windsor Art Center presents, in their gallery, Horizons / Transitions: Paintings and drawings by Cathy Doocy.  Ms. Doocy has selected works for this exhibition that make particularly clear her unique, playful, and imaginative way of creating art. Drawing on her collage of memories, Ms. Doocy explores composition, color, and line as she paints a landscape that is no particular landscape. The result is simply the magic that happens when she has fun messing around with where she places the horizon, or what twigs and branches appear from a line she draws there. She invites viewers to engage in their own process of exploration by experiencing the feelings her paintings evoke and by making connections with the landscapes in their own memories of place.

Ms. Doocy has also selected works from her A Drawing a Day series for display and gifting. These charcoal drawings are part of 365 drawings Ms. Doocy did each day in 2015.  She states that she often starts her day in the studio with a small charcoal drawing to help her leave the outside world behind and begin to create. There is the bonus that no matter what, at the end of the day she would have one little square of art!

Each visitor during the show may select one of these charcoal drawing to take home while they last.

Events & Workshops:

Opening Weekend: Saturday, January 23, 10a-4p & Sunday, January 24, 11a-4p.

To comply with state COVID-19 regulations, our traditional opening reception has been replaced with an informal opening weekend to help spread out the number of guests visiting at one time. Masks and social distancing are still required. Number of visitors at a time will be limited. Grab & Go treats! FREE

Maple Syrup Thursdays: Visit the gallery any Thursday night during the exhibition and receive a FREE bottle of locally sourced maple syrup. (One per person while supply lasts.)

Virtual Artist Talk/Gallery Tour: Artist Cathy Doocy, will speak about her artwork, process, and studio across the train tracks; viewing link will be posted on the website.

Meet the Artist: Informal Meet & Greet with featured artist Cathy Doocy
Saturday, January 30, 10a-4p
Thursday, February 18, 6a-8p
Sunday, February 28, 11a-4p

Valentine’s Vendors: Visit the gallery on Saturday February 6, 10a-3p on Sunday February 7, 10a-3p & Saturday February 13, 10a-3p, to do a little Valentine’s Day shopping. Vendor line-up will be posted on Facebook and website.

Book Signing: Saturday, February 27, 2-4p. Yoga instructor Elizabeth Gibbs will speak about her newest book, Enlighten Up! She shows you how to cultivate self-awareness on a practical everyday down-to-earth level. She offers accessible tips and techniques that will help you find clarity, contentment, and resilience in this complicated world we all share. Also available will be Ms. Gibbs’s, Ogi Bogi, The Elephant Yogi; Stories About Yoga for Children, a collection of stories and exercises designed to help children attain a relaxed state of self-awareness, build confidence, resist peer pressure and work toward academic success. FREE

This exhibition is made possible with support by an Anonymous Donor; and other individuals, businesses, & organizations in our community.

Parking is free and accessible; please park in the large lot across from Windsor Station Apartments.

About Cathy Doocy:

Painting and drawing have always been a part Cathy Doocy’s life.  Though other interests and jobs have claimed her attention through the years, she’s always found a place for art and a studio – in the Fuller Brush factory, the Colt Factory, the Mill in Tariffville. Her current studio is in the Windsor Art Center Studios in the old railroad station. Figurative drawing and painting were Ms. Doocy’s focus as a student at the University of New Hampshire and at Creative Arts in New Haven. While completing her Master’s degree at Wesleyan, she undertook a project that forced her to work from memory – night landscapes – and that led to her passion for exploring composition, line, and color in imaginative landscapes. She has been exhibiting contemporary landscapes throughout New England for over 30 years. A member of Artworks Gallery for many years, she volunteered as a docent at the Wadsworth Atheneum for 18 years. Ms. Doocy has been fortunate to combine art with her love of travel. She spent a month studying in Normandy, 6-week residency in Bulgaria, and had a residency at Weir Farm National historic site. However, her landscape imagery is all about the fields and hills of New England. She grew up in South Windsor and has lived in Windsor for 30 years with her husband Chuck Drake.

North Gallery/Artist in Residence: Adam Lenz, a composer, artist, and teacher currently based in Windsor, Connecticut. His work spans music composition, multimedia art, installation, and performance and has been presented in Russia, Germany, Romania, Iceland, Mexico, Japan, the UK, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Israel, the United States, and online. Mr. Lenz will be using his extended residency to continue his collaboration with bassist and improviser Zach Rowden on creating their newest project titled, A Way of Providing Ventilation, a multichannel audio installation inspired by the Windsor tobacco barns and the history of tobacco production in the Connecticut River Valley. The project focuses on the slat wall systems utilized in local tobacco barns that allow for controlling the air movement during the curing process which serves as a means of ventilation. The work will conceptualize the barn architecture as an instrument, activated by airflow in the same way as a harmonica functions.

The Windsor Art Center, Windsor, Connecticut, is a nonprofit organization that promotes the visual and performing arts by showcasing the works of a variety of artists working in diverse media and genres. There is no charge to visit the gallery or the on-site gift shop which features locally made art. Parking is free and easily accessible. For more information on the exhibition, scheduled programs and exhibits, membership, and performing or exhibiting in the gallery, visit www.windsorartcenter.org.