UF Alumnus to Exhibit Ethereal Paintings by New Jersey Artist at Local Gallery
University of Findlay alumnus Paul Calendrillo ’71, who owns and operates Paul Calendrillo New York studio in New York City, will be presenting an exhibition at Marathon Center for the Performing Arts featuring the alluring figurative paintings of Shauna Finn.
A reception will be held at the performing arts center on Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 6-9 p.m.
Each painting will be for sale. Fifteen percent of all sales will be donated to the University of Findlay.
Finn’s work is centered on solitary female subjects dressed in sumptuous gowns and enveloped in diaphanous veils. These otherworldly figures, adorned in folds of airy muslin, satin or sparkly beaded lace, are illuminated by a soft half-light, while also obscured at times by haphazardly draped clusters of tulle. Strings of fairy lights are diffused behind layers of sheer fabric, creating a nebulous glow and an overall sense of magic.
Using indirect painting techniques and a limited palette, Finn is interested in pushing these subtleties of light toward a mysterious ethereality, taking the work beyond straightforward realism. According to Finn, “There are themes of beauty, femininity, romance, death, cosmology, mythology, the supernatural, the fantastical, and various narrative possibilities all glimmering in my unconscious as I work.
Finn lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of San Francisco and California College of the Arts, and in 2005 she graduated from the New York Academy of Art with a Master of Fine Arts in painting. She has attended art residencies in Italy, France, St. Barth and Ireland. She teaches painting in the New York Academy of Art’s Continuing Education program, and is the 3-D art teacher at Elisabeth Irwin High School in Manhattan.
The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts gallery is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to exhibits is free. The Center is located at 200 W. Main Cross St.
For more information on Paul Calendrillo New York, visit the studio’s website.