“The Sky’s the Limit,” a show of paintings in pastel by Carol Abitabilo Ast will open at State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca, New York, on August 4, 2010. The work in this exhibition represents a number of places the artist has traveled, some familiar Ithaca scenes, a special fascination with the sky, and expertise with her medium — soft pastel.
About the sky, Abitabilo Ast says, “[It is] always the backdrop, whether looking out a window or being out-of-doors. In this exhibit it becomes a prominent feature. While the sky emerged from chorus line to center stage, the nature of the land also changed: landscape is often associated with shades of green, but only a few of the paintings here have any green in them at all. Winter, rock and dusk rob the land of its traditional color, but present the viewer with beauty of a different sort.”
She continues: “The exhibit also includes some paintings of other subjects because basically, I use my pastels to preserve and share what I find beautiful. Sometimes life seems to compel us to confront controversy, stress, frustration, anger. To allow loveliness in any manifestation to enter the mind is to nurture our humanity. I hope this exhibit succeeds in some way in that direction.”
A reception for the artist will be held Friday, August 6 from 5-8pm. There will be a wine tasting at this event compliments of Damiani Wine Cellars. “The Sky’s the Limit” runs through August 29. Gallery hours are Wed. –Fri., 12-6pm and Sat. and Sun., 12-5pm. State of the Art is located at 120 W. State Street in Ithaca. The gallery is ADA accessible with curbside parking. Contact information: 607-277-1626, www.soag.org//