Leighton's solar paintings featured in upcoming exhibition

The solar paintings of Oswego artist Bert Leighton will shine in a free exhibition July 12 to Sept. 14 at Oswego State Downtown.

An opening artist’s reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the SUNY Oswego store and gallery at the corner of West First and Bridge streets.

Bert Leighton with paintingThe exhibition, titled “It’s Only Natural,” will feature watercolor artwork Leighton calls solar painting, a technique she learned from others that harnesses the sun’s power to speedily evaporate water.

“These are created by laying watercolor paper in a large tray covered with a small amount of water,” said Michael Flanagan, assistant director of SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery. “Then natural items such as twigs, leaves, vines and so on are arranged on the paper. Watercolor paint is dripped, poured and spattered over the natural objects. On a good sunny day when the tray is placed in direct sunlight, the water will evaporate in 6 to 10 hours leaving the images ‘painted by the sun.’”

Leighton showed her paintings at the View, formerly the Old Forge Art Center, in spring 2012. She has lived in Oswego most of her life, and is a 1949 graduate of SUNY Oswego. She was a founding member of the Oswego Art Guild in 1960.

Oswego State Downtown is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday during Oswego Farmers Market season, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 216-4985.

PHOTO CAPTION: Solar power—Preparing for an exhibition to open Friday, July 12, at Oswego State Downtown, Oswego artist Bert Leighton displays “Such Joy” (2012), one of her watercolor artworks made utilizing the sun’s power to rapidly evaporate water. The exhibition will run through Sept. 14 at the SUNY Oswego store and gallery at the corner of West First and Bridge streets in Oswego.

(Posted: Jun 19, 2013)

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