Art Exhibition – May – Alan Gessinger – Palms, Paths, and Peacefulness
May 29, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until May 31, 2020
Dates: Opening Reception Saturday, May 2, 4-7pm
Exhibition on display through May 31
Palms, Paths and Peacefulness
Exhibit by Al Gessinger
Oil and Acrylic Views of Old Florida
The paintings in this are what people often refer to as, “Old Florida”. They are a collection of wild and state park preserve places, some real and other imaginary. It is my hope that the viewers get a feeling of peace from the complexity and chaotic plant life inherent to the tropical palm forests.
Painting has been my passion since a very young age. Now retired, I have the time to devote to doing what I love. It is my hope that you enjoy the product of my labor of presenting this show.
Alan Gessinger has been an artist since early childhood. After high school graduation, he joined the Air Force. While serving, he displayed and sold his art in Jackson Square in New Orleans, Louisiana and in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida. After his discharge, Alan attended Fulton Montgomery Community College and SUNY Oswego where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art. He obtained his master’s degree at SUNY Albany. He taught art classes at Fulton Montgomery Community College in Johnstown, NY from 1983-2015.
Through the years, Al has participated in one man shows in the Canajoharie Library Gallery, Blue Mountain Lake Art Center, and the Caroga Historical Museum all in the Adirondack area of New York. In 1982, Alan was the feature artist at the Gloversville, NY Art Show. He displayed his art there annually until the shows were discontinued. In 2018 his work was displayed in a two-month gallery show at the SVAN Gallery in Northville, NY.
Al is a regular participant in many art fairs in Florida, including The Images: A Festival of Arts and the February Art Fiesta in New Smyrna Beach, The Halifax Art Festival in Daytona, Cocoa Village Art Fair, Ormond Beach Art in the Park and Melbourne Arts Festival.
Al’s art also decorates the covers of two books…An Adirondack Artist and Mourning Dove by Marcia Buffett.
“From a young age, I have had a deep desire to create painting of views inspired by nature. Now in my golden years retired and living in Florida, the view of the palm forests captures my creative interests.
Many of my recent works have a lot to do with the achievement of stillness amid the chaotic palmetto forest formations. Often, light splashes on the twists and folds of growth, creating silhouettes and shadows that contrast the forms into interesting shapes and space.
When people view my work, I feel honored when they express that they feel like they could walk right into one of my paintings. It justifies all the work, hours and struggle I go through to put together my paintings.
Whether I copy a photo I have taken in my wanderings or create out of my imagination, I enjoy the process of painting. I never know when I will come across an inspiration for a painting, my eyes are always looking. My hopes are that people will stop and enjoy looking at my creations.”
Al obtained a master’s degree in art from State University of Albany, NY. Over the years, he had many one man shows in the Central Adirondack area of New York. Now retired and living in Florida, Al has exhibited in numerous art festivals and shows in Florida including Images, Art Fiesta, Flamingo Follies, Halifax and Melbourne.