SOMERS, N.Y. -- Somers artist Dorothy Lorenze will display some of her oil paintings through September at a cafe in Croton Falls.
“Nostalgia Captured in Oil” is the title of the exhibition of original oil paintings by Lorenze, which are on display in the dining area of Who’s Cooking, 14 Front St., Croton Falls.
Lorenze’s realistic still-life paintings focus on everyday subjects.
"I paint everyday items that may intrigue me because of their shape, luminosity or capacity for reflection," she said in a statement. "I enjoy celebrating the beauty of nostalgic, evocative objects. Spending time with 1940s kitchenware or 1950s carpentry tools brings back memories. It’s part of who we are and where we come from.”
Lorenze focuses her creative energy on classical, old world-style oil painting but with a contemporary sensibility and the occasional touch of humor, which is evident in titles such as “Three Little Figs.”
Her subjects include traditional fruits, vegetables and china glassware, as well as vintage objects from teapots to oil cans. Whatever the subject, her interest is the interplay of light, texture and form to describe meaningful objects and their evocative history.
“It’s challenging and thrilling to successfully recreate the gorgeous light and translucency of glassware or the abstraction of a reflection,” she said in a statement.
While viewing the exhibit, visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite painting. At the end of the show, there will be a drawing and one person will receive a set of note cards with an image of their favorite painting.
A long time resident of Somers, Dorothy Lorenze has studied oil painting at the Art Students League, New York Academy of Art and with Todd Casey, a graduate of the renowned Grand Central Academy and Water Street Atelier.