Andrea House

I believe that everyone is essentially creative, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have spent some time pursuing my own artistic vision. The experimental “open classroom” of the early 1970’s nurtured my innate creativity in elementary school, and I enjoyed learning all kinds of crafts as a youth. Especially drawn to fine art, I began taking oil painting lessons with a local artist at twelve, and was awarded a scholarship to attend Wesleyan University’s summer residential program, Center for Creative Youth, at sixteen. Because of my interest in art therapy I chose to attend the University of the Arts (Philadelphia College of Art) after high school, and while I enjoyed the study of psychology and education, I ended up spending most of my time in the art studio and graduated with a major in fine art painting and drawing. Since then I have held many different jobs and have not always managed to maintain an art practice, but over the years the impulse to create and occasionally teach visual arts and crafts has become an integral part of my life. Art is a continuing exploration, and an essential affirmation – and I’m always still learning.
ARTIST STATEMENT
Living in rural Central New York (Northern Otsego County), I find inspiration daily in the lush and tranquil beauty of the local landscapes and wildlife. To me the natural world represents spiritual reflection, and I use natural elements to express a personal search for balance. Using oil paints on wood panels with photographs, memory, and process as guides, I recreate encounters with nature. The paintings are built up slowly in layers as the forms shift and become progressively more detailed. Attention to drawing, color, and light keep the pictures rooted in representational imagery, while active brushwork and emphasis on abstract patterns invite the eye to linger, and the mind to wander.

 

EDUCATION
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA,
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Fine Art Painting and Drawing, 1986
AWARDS
2021   Award of Merit, Essential Art regional juried exhibit, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY
2017   Leatherstocking Brush and Palette Club Prize, Essential Art regional juried exhibit, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY
2015  Third Prize,  The Mansion Show, Community Arts Network of Oneonta (CANO) juried group exhibit, Oneonta, NY
2015   Leatherstocking Brush and Palette Club Prize, Essential Art regional juried exhibit, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY
2015   Best in Show, LEAF (Council on Alcoholism and Addiction for Otsego County) Art & Poetry Contest, CANO (Community Arts Network of Oneonta) Gallery, Oneonta, NY
2014   Leatherstocking Brush and Palette Club Prize, Essential Art regional juried exhibit, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY
2013   Hannah-Lee Stokes Memorial Prize, Essential Art regional juried exhibit, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY
2012   Audience Favorite Award, Art by the Lake, Fenimore Museum of Art, Cooperstown, NY
2011   Leatherstocking Brush and Palette Club Prize, Essential Art regional juried exhibit, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown NY
2011   Most Original Style Award, Art by the Lake, Fenimore Museum of Art, Cooperstown, NY

1986   Rohm and Haas Fine Arts Achievement Award (purchase prize), University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

EXHIBITIONS
  • The Truth, group exhibit, Smithy Gallery, Cooperstown, NY, August – September, 2018
  • Earthly Possessions, group exhibit, Smithy Gallery, Cooperstown, NY, June – July, 2018
  • Green, solo exhibit, Smithy Gallery (second floor, room 3), Cooperstown, NY, May 14 – June 17, 2018
  • Abstraction, group exhibit, Smithy Center for the Arts, Cooperstown, NY, May – June 2017
  • Art of the Model, group exhibit, Smithy Center for the Arts, Cooperstown, NY, June – July 2016
  • The Land, group exhibit, Smithy Center for the Arts, Cooperstown, NY,  May 2016
  • Contemporary Portraits, group exhibit, Smithy Center for the Arts, Cooperstown, NY,  August 2015
  • Conversation Pieces, invitational group exhibitFenimore Art Museum (Community Gallery), Cooperstown, NY, July 2015
  • Black & White Show, group exhibit, Smithy Center for the Arts, Cooperstown, NY, June 2015
  • Out of the Box, invitational group exhibit, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY, June 2015
  • Introduction to New Members, group exhibit, Smithy Center for the Arts,  Cooperstown, NY, May 2015
  • LEAF Art & Poetry Contest, Wilber Mansion, Oneonta, NY, April 2015, and the Fenimore Art Museum Community Gallery, Cooperstown, NY, May 2015
  • Frog City Pond Portraits, solo exhibit, Cherry Branch Gallery, Cherry Valley, NY, October 2014
  • The Mansion Show, annual juried exhibit, Community Arts Network of Oneonta (CANO), Wilber Mansion, Oneonta, NY, 2014, 2015
  • Still, solo exhibit at Studio Dionysus in Gilbertsville, NY, October-November 2013
  • Essential Art, annual regional juried exhibit, Cooperstown Art Association (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018)
  • The Fenimore Art Museum’s Art by the Lake invitational exhibit of local landscape art is held annually on the lovely lawn overlooking Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, NY, and I was honored to participate from 2010 through 2015.
  • The Autumn Cafe in Oneonta provides local artists with a warm atmosphere and plenty of wall space on a monthly basis, and I have shown my work there since the mid 1990’s. Solo exhibits there include Nature and Imagination 2010, Shadows & Reflections 2011, Earthbound 2012, Recent Paintings 2013,  Frog City Pond Portraits Preview in July of 2014, and Selected Painting and Prints in December 2015.