Artists June Szabo and Harry McCue at Lodi Whittier Library Gallery Beginning May 7

Our library is so pleased to host works from local artists Harry McCue and June Szabo beginning May 7th. We invite the community to join us in appreciating these captivating pieces inspired by the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes Region.

From June:

The source of my work is the natural world; the subject matter a metaphor and its final form a partial abstraction of the original object. Layering wood and weaving with wire physically create thousands of connections necessary for the existence of the final product. Art is my way of examining our relationship to nature, the earth and to each other

For as long as I can remember I have made objects; when I was young they were ephemeral. Permanence came with the discovery of needles, thread, fabric, wood, hammer and nails. College graduation found me painting with watercolors selling my work in local shows, but the acquisition of an old house forced me to put down my paint brush and return to the hammer.

My house and children kept me working with fiber and wood. A return to college for a master’s degree found me taking all that the house had taught me to a concentration in sculpture. My love for painting landscapes took me to landscape sculptures in wood. The magic of weaving led to the production of sculpture formed from panels of woven copper wire.

I will always make art. I have come to understand it is part of who I am and how I respond to what is happening in the world around me.

From Harry:

Color, composition, light and shadow, mood, surface, edges, brushwork, are very important to me. A recognizable subject is the vehicle for these abstract elements. Themes of nature and the spirit of this land and its seasons, with a history perceived yet unseen, is something I would like my paintings, drawings and prints to evoke.

After graduating with a BFA from Pratt in 1967, I went to the University of Colorado, Boulder, for my MFA.  After graduation, taught at SUNY Geneseo, teaching Printmaking, Drawing, Painting and some art history classes as well.  In 1973 I began a part time position starting the printmaking area at Ithaca College’s Art Department. In 1977 I was made Chairperson of the Art Department, eventually promoted to the rank of full professor, and remained chair until retirement in 2010. I became professor emeritus in 2012.

In 2010 I added a new structure on my farm which would serve as my art studio/gallery which enabled me to join the Art Trail. My latest adventure was to narrate my student time at Pratt with the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe for an HBO documentary about his life during the 60s. (See “Robert Mapplethorpe” by Patricia Morrisroe, Random House 1995, Chapter 3.) I am a narrator in the new HBO movie “Mapplethorpe, Look at the Pictures” opening in New York in 2018.