The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) is pleased to invite the public to the opening of “Quercus,” a new exhibition of work from painter Sean Huntington. A reception is scheduled for Friday, June 13 from 6-8 p.m. at the Jamestown Community College’s Center Gallery in Olean.
Quercus, Latin for oak, is a scientific, historical, personal and artistic exploration of the White Oak tree, which towers over the artist’s childhood home.
Huntington commented, “The goal is to push my own boundaries in an interdisciplinary way. My nine-to-five job is art, mainly selling my work at festivals and at my studio in Ellicottville. ‘Quercus’ is the result of a growing desire to explore my ideas without the constraints of having to make something that will sell. The show I’m creating is free of those constraints, and will explore how my own not-always-ideal history intersects with the tree that so influenced my imagination and artwork.”
The exhibition will include both watercolor and oil paintings, as well as a core sample from the oak tree that served as the inspiration for the show.
The exhibition will open at the JCC Center Gallery with a reception on June 13 and will remain on display through July 31. The reception is free and open to the public and includes happy hour refreshments and hors d’oeuvres as well as a talk by the artist Sean Huntington.
“Sean has been a consistent friend to the arts council for many years,” commented new Executive Director Tina Hastings, “so I’m excited that I’ll be making my first public appearance with CCAC at his reception. I look forward to meeting many arts council supporters and members that night as we celebrate Sean’s new work.”
The Center Gallery is located on the second floor, inside the College Center building at 260 N. Union St. in downtown Olean — just inside and to the right of the iron archway into JCC from N. Union Street.