Deborah Starr Shannon has been coming to Lake George since she was born but some of friends may be surprised to learn she is an accomplished artist whose work has appeared in exhibits in Dallas, Texas, Milan, Italy, and now Huletts Landing.
Shannon is one of two artists whose work will be on display at the Huletts Gallery as part of the Friends of Historic Huletts Landing (FHHL) Summer Gallery Exhibits.
Between 16 and 20 of her pieces are currently on exhibit at the gallery.
“I’m delighted to be here and have my work on display. Huletts Landing is my other home but I don’t think some of my friends even know that I’m artist,” Shannon said.
This is the second consecutive year the FHHL has organized the summer exhibits.
“It had been done a little unofficially before, but when I volunteered to become curator I formalized it,” Tom Keating said. “The response has been very nice. We had 50 to 60 people attend our opening receptions last year and we’re hoping to get even more people this year. Hopefully we can attract some people to drive over the hill and come to Huletts.”
Last year’s exhibits featured the works of three artists, all of whom have ties to Huletts Landing and both of this year’s artists have been visiting the small, lakeside community for years.
Keating said the focus on Huletts-based artists is more convenience than plan.
“I’ve just called up people that I know who happened to be connected to Huletts but it’s not necessary they be from here,” he said.
Shannon, who lives in the Dallas, Texas where she has a studio, grew up in New England and has been coming to Huletts Landing since she was a child.
She specializes in watercolors, acrylics, oils, collages, and photo transfers on both paper and canvas.
According to Gallery 8’s website, a Dallas-based gallery to which Shannon belongs, she exploits simple shapes and saturated color as the primary elements to express her feelings in her paintings.
Her work has won her numerous awards and she is a member of the Southwest Watercolor Society, the Texas Watercolor Society and Associated Creative Artists.
Shannon’s art will be on display through July 19 after which the photography of Don Parenta will be exhibited.
A New Jersey resident, Parenta has photographed everything from athletes and celebrities to architecture and wildlife. But some of his favorite subjects are landscapes, including Montauk Point, Hilton Head, South Carolina and Lake George.
Keating said it’s the latter that will be the focus of the Huletts exhibit.
An opening reception for Parenta’s work will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on July 20 and his work will be on display through August 10.
The summer gallery exhibits conclude on Aug. 17 with FHHL’s annual Art Auction and Reception.
The auction, which benefits the organization, will feature the work of Shannon and Parenta as well as other artists who submit work.
Everything included in the auction will be on display from Aug. 12-17.
The FHHL Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Shannon’s work can also be viewed by appointment by calling the artist at 499-0039. Admission to the gallery is free.
“We’re very glad to have these artists and everyone seems to love it,” Keating said.