Luminous Worlds

Work by Ileen Kaplan and Carol Ast

  Carol writes: “Luminous Worlds”  – what latitude that gives me, what ideas it stimulates!  From the very literal interpretation of light and the infinite qualities it bestows, to “light” as understanding resulting from vision.  While most of my paintings in this exhibition portray the former, a few – the buildings – hopefully will foster an understanding of their inherent value as functional and esthetic icons of the past.

From Ileen: In “Luminous Worlds” I am exploring my feelings and reactions to the world around me using abstraction in ways that I have not tried before. Playing with painted and torn paper, collage, printmaking tools, pastels, graphite and oils  has opened my imagination up to new ways of looking at the world and expressing my own inner landscape.

Raffle Winners!

Our raffle was a great success! Thank you everyone who bought tickets, and congratulations to those whoe names were drawn. We’ll be donating close to $600 to the Community Foundation to continue their good work.      Message from Community Foundation

  1. Carol Ast “Stillness” won by Lori Christ
  2. MaryAnn Bowman  Three Fish won by Allissa Newton
  3. Stan Bowman “Near East Hill Plaza” won byErica Echaniz
  4. Patricia Brown Spontaneous Collages #17 won by Susan Weisand
  5. Eva M. Capobianco It Wouldn’t Dawn on Them won by Connie Thomas
  6. Erin Deneuville Orbit won by Mark Hample
  7. Jane Dennis Charting A Course won by Adrian McNair
  8. Frances Fawcett Osmia cornifrons won by Dawn Tratter
  9. Shirley Hogg Chewy Mouse won by Sarah Barden
  10. Ileen Kaplan Morning at the Lake won by Mark Hample
  11. Jan Kather Spiritual Journeys:  won by Heidi Boch
  12. Susan C. Larkin Driftwood I: Block Island won by Natalie Reed
  13. Daniel McPheeters Coral Flame won by Norm Johnson
  14. Barbara Mink Pink Sky won by Michael Simons
  15. Margaret C. Nelson Cicada Summer won by Andrea Volckmar
  16. Diane Newton Toward New York won by Elizabeth Pitters
  17. Diana Ozolins Dawn Over the Erie Canal won by Steve Seaberg
  18. Patty L Porter One of Three Graces won by Chuck Kroll
  19. Margaret Reed Needle and Fray won by Lynn King
  20. Nancy V. Ridenour Tulip on Black won by Nancy Gersh
  21. Michael Sampson Model #22 won by Rae Buleri
  22. Janet Byer Sherman Hillside from Studio Window won by Ken Burkhart
  23. Sheryl D. Sinkow Incan Engineering at Machu Picchu won by Mike Culotta
  24. Ethel Vrana Pond won by Martha Frommelt
  25. David Watkins Jr Dahlia Victoria won by Kren Salino
  26. Connie Zehr ECHO won by Karen Lacson




Art in Tompkins County: Then and Now II


Gallery artists open the new year with art that reflects Ithaca’s past and present. State of the Art will celebrate Tompkins County Bicentennial with half of our artists having shown their work in January, and the other half in February.

This month’s artists: Eva Capobianco, Gurdon Brewster, Daniel McPheeters, Jane Dennis, Janet Sherman, Margaret Reed, Margy Nelson , Shirley Hogg , Erin Deneuville , Barbara Mink , Patty Porter , Connie Zehr , Stan Bowman, Mary Ann Bowman


Never Before Seen at SOAG: An Invitational Show


The exhibition this month comes from a new twist on an invitational: gallery members invited artists who have NEVER shown at State of the Art before.

The resulting group of guest artists come from many disciplines and locations. Some are friends, known for just a few years or for decades. Others are family members. Some are local artists. Others live as far away as California and even the south of France! One member invited her college mentor; another, his young granddaughter. Some members chose to show their own work along with their guest. A few are even doing collaborative work along with their colleagues. But almost half of the participating SOAG members chose to give the whole of their allocated space to their invitees.

The show will include work from virtually every artistic discipline: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, computer generated works, and more!

Show dates are June 1- 26, 2016. There will be an artists’ reception on Friday, June 3, from 5-8pm.





Becoming a Member of the State of the Art Gallery

                    Benefits and responsibilities of being a SOAG artist member:

  • Show artwork in the main gallery space once every two years in a shared show or a once every four years in a solo show.
  • Show individual artwork in the Salon or group shows at least eight times a year.
  • Collaborate with a creative group of local artists to promote visual arts sales in Ithaca
  • Collegial support of fellow artist members
  • Staff the gallery each month for 5-6 hours, and sign up for gallery cleaning once a year.
  • Attend gallery openings and special events.
  • Pay annual membership dues (currently $355 annually), 10% commission to gallery for artwork sold, and exhibition fees.
  • Attend monthly membership meetings.
  • Participate in running the gallery by working on at least one committee including membership, reception, installation, publicity, internship, technical support, special events, gallery operations and/or marketing.


What is SOAG looking for in selecting artist members?

  • Original vision
  • A portfolio of recent work (8-12 pieces created in last three years)
  • Clear presentation of what a show would look like.
  • Quality craftsmanship
  • Record of creative accomplishment
  • Presentation of work
  • Commitment to the cooperative vision of the gallery


SOAG Membership Application Process:

The gallery maintains a roster of 30 members.  Applications are reviewed once a year in early spring, when vacancies are available. In March 2018, there are openings for up to three new artist members.


Digital Application: Due March 1, 2018.

  • 8 -12 digital images with list including title, medium, size and date for each image.
  • Resume, record of exhibitions
  • Artist statement  (250 words or less)


Interview/Portfolio Presentation: April 2, 2018

Upon review, applicants will be invited for portfolio presentation and interview with the current gallery membership.   Final determination of new members will be made by May 2018 by a vote of the membership.


Questions?  Visit the gallery and talk to current members.  Call the gallery at 607 277 1626 during business hours.  Email the membership committee at


State of the Art Gallery Ithaca

120 West State Street, downtown Ithaca

607 277 1626

Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday noon-6:00pm,

 Saturday and Sunday noon-5:00pm



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