Friday, December 17, 2010

"October's Children" SOLD

This collage is part of a series I began working on in the late 1980's and continued with until the mid 1990's. I explored combining photography and painting using both my own images as well as those I found at flea markets and antique shops.

This body of work broke down mainly into two groups, figurative and non figurative and then again into sub groups of modern (my own) images and found antique images.

This was a fairly fresh and cutting edge thing I was doing at the time, but has since been done and even over done by many other artists. I took a lot of flack in a recent review of my work for these pieces. The show was somewhat of a retrospective so I felt it was certainly worth including some of these works, as they represented over a decade of my career. The criticism was fair and as I stated at the time, looking at them today they may seem dated and revisiting something that has been overdone, but keeping in mind they were done twenty years ago, I think changes how one views them.

Regardless of the criticism, these pieces remain popular and I have now sold almost all of them from that time period. I have less than a half dozen left from well over 60 pieces completed, framed and exhibited from that body of work. This particular piece, "October's Children", is a good example of the work I was doing in 1992. This collage sold yesterday and will be a part of a very fine regional art collection.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

"Esquire Moose" - Sharon BuMann $1,950.00 SOLD

This bronze sculpture "Esquire Moose" by Sharon BuMann depicts a gentleman moose relaxing in an Adirondack chair while reading the Wall St. Journal and his law books.

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Gallery is Open Through Christmas

Abbott's Fine Art & Framing, 624 So. Main St., Central Square, NY 13036 315-668-9459

Custom Framing and Fine Art. Find that unique Christmas or Holiday gift .

Monday by chance or appointment.

Tuesday - Friday 10:00 - 6:00 and Saturday 10:00 -2:00

Untitled color photograph above by KV Abbott. This photograph was taken a couple of years ago near Lowville, NY after an ice storm.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

New Orleans, The Soul of America - Yolanda Tooley

October 29 - November 29, 2010

Tyler Art Gallery, Downtown
SUNY Oswego
186 West First Street
Oswego, NY 13126

Yolanda Tooley captures "The Soul of America" in a collection of powerful images of the streets of New Orleans. The show is the first time the artist has shown this series of images in a solo exhibition.

The photographs of musicians and buildings capture the spirit of New Orleans and in Yolanda's style, she takes already strong images and manipulates them into an altered state. Like free form jazz, the images come alive with hand coloring and solarization, giving them a unique flair seemingly making the music come alive.

In addition to Yolanda's aesthetic sense and ability to compose interesting photographs, she also adheres to strict archival traditions, both in her darkroom techniques and presentation. She uses only the highest quality materials and time tested methods in creating her work. In an age where digital rules the day, Yolanda Tooley employs "old school" traditional black and white photographic principals.

The show runs through November 29 and is a "must see" if you are in Oswego, make the trip if you are not. You will be glad you did!

For more information call -315-216-4985

Monday, October 25, 2010

‎"A central purpose serves to integrate all the other concerns of a man’s life. It establishes the hierarchy, the relative importance, of his values, it saves him from pointless inner conflicts, it permits him to enjoy life on a wide scale and to carry that enjoyment into any area open to his mind; whereas a man without a purpose is lost in chaos."

Ayn Rand

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Edgewood Gallery Presents "RESIN - ating Metal"

Resin-ating Metal

The sculpture of Arlene Abend – representing over 30 years of creating in resin, bronze and steel

Opening Reception Friday, Nov. 5

accompanied by a viewing of “Stretching Boundaries- Life Work of Arlene Abend” , a documentary by Courtney Rile and Mike Barletta of Daylight Blue Media Group

Exhibit Dates: Nov.5 – Dec.31, 2010

Edgewood Gallery

216 Tecumseh Rd. • Syracuse, NY 13224 • (315) 445-8111

Tuesday - Friday: 9:30 am - 6 pm Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm Sunday & Monday: closed

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Gallery is Open

Abbott's Fine Art and Framing will reopen on Monday for business. The auction did not produce a buyer. We will resume operation until we can sell the properties. Thank you all for your support and understanding.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Stay Tuned

The Sanford,Florida house.

Ok, so the Central Square gallery has closed after a 25 year run, that does not mean you have seen the last of us. Not by any means. Deb and I will be moving to Sanford, Florida sometime between now and Christmas. (We have to wait on the closing of the real estate transactions on our two properties here in Central Square)

Blog postings may be infrequent until we get settled in Florida. Once we do get the move completed, we will keep you up to date on all that is happening there with shows and our new exhibition space at Gallery on First.

Our CNY friends and followers will also be able to learn of our progress on our new NY studio at our property in Bernhards Bay and when we will return for the summer.

Stay tuned and may you all be well!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

25th Anniversary and Closing Party 17 Sept. 6:00pm - ?

Join us as we celebrate the culmination of our 25 year run here in the village of Central Square. Friends, patrons and the public are invited to stop in and take one last look at the art and enjoy a visit as we prepare to move in a new direction. South to be specific. We will be moving our artistic endeavors to Sanford Florida in November. We have already secured exhibition space at Gallery on First and the Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery in Sanford.

Stop in and see us before we leave!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Tug Hill Plein Air "Paint Out"

Thursday, August 5, 2010
2010 Tug Hill Plein Air "Paint Out"

3rd Annual Plein Air Paint Out

The Annual Plein Air Paint Out has become THTLT’s “signature event.” It is a unique way to recognize the diversity, beauty and magnificence of the region. A Paint Out is a group of artists painting together, typically en plein air – a French term meaning “in the fresh air.” As artists paint outside, the public is invited to visit with the artists, observe their work in progress and ask questions. The event began in 2008 at the Trenton Falls Gorge Trails, and 2009 at Constable Hall.

The 2010 Plein Air Paint Out will be held Saturday, September 25th at the Salmon River Fish Hatchery. The event is in conjunction with the 15th Annual Salmon River Hatchery Open House and the celebration of "National Hunting and Fishing Day." The hatchery holds activities, seminars, and demonstrations throughout the day, geared toward youth and families.

The Plein Air Paint Out will feature artists painting at both the hatchery and the Salmon River Falls. Paintings created throughout the day will be auctioned off that evening at the benefit auction. The auction will be held at the fish hatchery and all proceeds will benefit Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Southern Vermont Arts Center - SVAC

On a recent trip home to Vermont, Debe and I paid a visit to one of our favorite places to spend a Sunday afternoon, the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester.

I have talked in the past about growing up in the culturally rich southern Vermont area. The artists who lived in the region, some who were neighbors and friends. The places we visited like the Stratton Arts Festival and SVAC. These are some of the places that instilled in me and nurtured my love for the arts. These are the places that informed me early on and continue to do so today.

The Southern Vermont Arts Center is a beautiful old estate that has evolved over decades to become a first rate art museum with it's galleries in the original Yester House Gallery, the Wilson Museum and the Arkell Pavilion. In addition to wonderful exhibitions SVAC offers a variety of art classes for beginners and advanced programs for emerging and mid career artists. The Arts Center also offers music and performing arts programs to the region.

Any visit to southern Vermont is not complete without a visit to SVAC.

Below are some photographs taken of sculpture on the grounds of the 200 plus acre estate nestled in the mountains in Manchester.

Note *admission is free on Sundays, but feel free to leave a donation to help them continue their great work.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Review in the STARS section of Sunday's Post Standard

Courtesy of Debe Abbott THE BIRTHDAY PAINTING by Debe Abbott is included in a survey of her works and her husband Kevin's at the Edgewood Gallery through Sept. 10. Both artists work in an abstract expressionistic style manipulating texture and color as key elements.

Central Square couple displays similar, different works at Edgewood Gallery
Published: Sunday, July 18, 2010, 5:10 AM
Katherine Rushworth

Husband and wife artists K.V. and Debe Abbott share a visual aesthetic like some couples share life. Their mixed-media works share a common energy and expressiveness that, at times, make it difficult to discern one artist's pieces from the other. While Debe's palette leans to the brighter tones, Kevin's exudes a more subdued tonality, but even that isn't a constant.

Through Sept 10, visitors to the Edgewood Gallery on Tecumseh Road can take in a 25-year survey of works by this enterprising couple. The Abbotts are the owners of Abbott's Lake Country Studio, a custom framing workshop and art studio located in the heart of Central Square, but they are also actively creating their own work, as this show demonstrates. (In addition to works by the Abbotts, there's also a small assortment of high-fired stoneware vessels by Brian Brickley on view.)

Besides color, another distinguishing feature between the couple's styles is their sense of gesture, or the weight of the marks they make. Generally, Debe's pieces are more detailed, employing smaller strokes of color while Kevin typically works in broader visual phrases. Both artists work with collage elements, although Debe has a far lighter hand in what she uses and how she applies it.

You see Kevin's use of collage most clearly in a set of works incorporating old photographs into thickly textured mixed-media surfaces. These pieces -- "Party Girls," "Brothers," "October's Children," "Sister," -- have dark, richly toned and layered surfaces into which Kevin situates an old portrait photograph. This is not a new idea and unfortunately, this execution does little to further it.

The photos sit atop these textured surfaces like postage stamps stuck to an envelope -- obvious and too deliberate in their placement. The idea would have been far more effective had Kevin prepared or treated the photos in some way. A soft white wash, a piece of finely meshed painted fabric or metal placed atop the photographs would have softened the effect of these images.

They would emerge from the piece like the faded memories he suggests they are, with a whisper instead of a shout. There are other pieces, however, which demonstrate a solid ability to move paint around a surface, create lush textures and engage a diverse palette of colors.

Debe is best known as a traditional landscape painter, but the pieces in this show are decidedly non-representational. Having said that, it's easy to find elements of the landscape in many of her works. "Desert Dawn" and "Back to Huachuca," while restrained in detail, capture the softly lilting nature of the desert's terrain.

Her palette is a rich coppery brown to which she adds collaged pieces of corrugated paper or metal, energizing the picture plane.

Texture is also a critical element in Debe's work, which she achieves through the application of thick daubs and swathes of paint, or collaging meshed fabrics or other textured materials on to her base surface. Sometimes she works back into the painted surface, as in "Festival," cutting geometric patterns into the paint revealing substrata of colors.

Seeing this show of the Abbotts' works makes me wonder if they share a common studio space. Their pieces seem to flow from one to another, with varying differences in color and texture, like slightly different inflections in two well-acquainted voices.

Katherine Rushworth, of Cazenovia, is a former director of the Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center (State University College at Fredonia) and of the Central New York Institute for the Arts in Education. Reach her at

The details
What:"Changes," a selection of works by K.V. and Debe Abbott. Ceramics by Brian Brickley.
Where: Edgewood Gallery, 216 Tecumseh Road, Syracuse.
When: Through Sept. 10.
What to expect: Mixed-media works by the Abbotts spanning from 1985 to 2010 and recent functional ceramics by Brian Brickley.
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Admission: Free.
Information : 445-8111

Thursday, July 8, 2010


This mixed media collage on canvas is part of a set. The companion piece is titled "Brothers". The two pieces made back in the mid 1990's, are presently part of our retrospective show "Changes" at Edgewood Gallery in Syracuse.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010

"A career requires the ability to sustain a purpose over a long period of time, through many separate steps, choices, decisions, adding up to a steady progression toward a goal. ... In the course of a career, every achievement is an end in itself and, simultaneously, a step toward further achievements. ... In a career,... there is no such thing as achieving too much: the more one does, the more one loves one’s work." Ayn Rand

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Untitled Painting June 16, 2010

Ok, here is my latest work. I have not titled it yet but am in the process of framing it and I plan to include in my upcomming show "Changes" at Edgewood Gallery in Syracuse. Changes Opens 25 June and runs through Sept. 12. Edgewood Gallery is located at 216 Tecumseh Road between Syracuse University and Nottingham. For more information contact Cheryl at Edgewood Gallery 445-8111.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

George Benedict

These two original oil paintings by George Benedict have been recently consigned to the gallery. These paintings date back to 1970 and are in excellent condition. Stop in and take a look!

Friday, May 28, 2010

"Art Literally"

Art Literally a stroke of luck for Flower Library, Red Cross

Organizers of the Art Literally benefit have stirred up the pots this year for their third annual show and sale.

The event benefits the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library and the Red Cross of Northern New York. Last year's event raised $11,931, which was split between the two organizations, according to Art Literally board member Maxine M. Quigg.

The event benefits the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library and the Red Cross of Northern New York. Last year's event raised $11,931, which was split between the two organizations, according to Art Literally board member Maxine M. Quigg.

This year's show and sale will be a juried event. The jurors are Mary Ellen Kalil Shevalier, an art teacher at South Jefferson Central School District, Adams, and Kari Robertson, an artist and former art educator who is the president of the North Country Arts Council.

A donor, who organizers said wishes to remain anonymous, has donated 20clay flowerpots for this year's Art Literally. The containers will be decorated by artists and be sold in addition to items in the regular Art Literally art sale.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

"Changes" - Edgewood Gallery

The postcard for our upcoming show at Edgewood Gallery in Syracuse.

K.V. and Debe Abbott- Selection of works 1985 – 2010

Brian Brickley- Sculptural and functional ceramics

Exhibit Dates: June 25 – Sept. 10, 2010

Artists’ Reception June 25 6:00-8:00 PM

Friday, May 7, 2010

Edgewood Gallery Presents - "Horizons"

Anna Soltyk- Richly textured oil and mixed media paintings

Phil Austin- Glass artistry

Wendy Harris-Upstate landscape done en plein air in pastel and mixed media

Exhibit Dates: May 7- June 18,2010

Opening Reception May 7 6:00- 8:00 PM

216 Tecumseh Rd. • Syracuse, NY 13224 • (315) 445-8111

Tuesday - Friday: 9:30 am - 6 pm Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm Sunday & Monday: closed

Thursday, April 22, 2010

"China Town Revisited" $500 SOLD

This has been a good week at the gallery. This is the second painting of mine that went out the door. We also sold one of Deb's and a couple of paintings by Edward J. Elhoff.

"China Town Revisited" is an encaustic painting I did back in the early 1990's and was part of a large body of work I did at that time. These paintings are strong in color and very expressionistic. I have sold most of the paintings from that series. Only a handful remain in addition to a couple that we have kept and are not for sale.

The gentleman who purchased this painting has his eye on a couple of others and is also considering commissioning a large canvas.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Maxfield Parrish at the Everson


Fantasies and Fairy-Tales: Maxfield Parrish and the Art of the Print
April 29 - July 11, 2010

During the height of Maxfield Parrish's popularity in the 1920s and 1930s, he was the most reproduced American artist of his era. Disseminated through magazine covers, book illustrations, calendar pads, advertisements and color reproductions, Parrish's images occupied a ubiquitous presence in popular visual culture. While recent exhibitions of Parrish have focused mainly on his original oil paintings, Fantasies and Fairy-Tales represents the first comprehensive sampling of Parrish's work in a variety of printed media. His whimsical designs based on fairy-tales and nursery rhymes were a favorite of early twentieth century advertisers.

Tickets to this exhibition will cost $10 non-members, $8 children under 18, students (w/ college ID), Military (w/ ID), and seniors (65+). Everson Members and children under 5 are admitted free. A special family rate is available for $30 (including 2 adults and 4 dependent children). Group tours are available at a special rate of $8 per person, must be booked in advance. K-12 school tours will be offered at no charge, must be booked in advance through the Education Department. Tickets may be purchased in advance at, or during the exhibition at the Everson Ticket Desk.

Public tours are available on Thursdays at 2.00pm. These tours are complimentary with exhibition admission, and no reservation is required.

This exhibition is organized by the Trust for Museum Exhibitions, Washington, DC &International Arts, Memphis, TN.

Media Sponsorship provided by NewsChannel 9 WSYR and News Radio 570 WSYR

Image: Maxfield Parrish, Ecstasy, 1930. Calendar detail, 38¾" x 18" [39¼" x 18¾"]. Lenders: Collection of Kathleen and George Nitschelm, Heritage Auctions (

Saturday, March 27, 2010

This image is untitled and unfinished. This is from a series of abstract photographs I am working on and plan to combine with encaustic to blur the line between painting and photography. I am very excited about this series and I think it will be an interesting exhibition when finished. I hope to have these ready for my June show at the Edgewood Gallery in Syracuse, New York.

Friday, February 26, 2010

"Blue Horse" $900 SOLD

This mixed media abstraction is one of those paintings you either love it or hate it. This is true of course of a lot of abstract art. Today someone loved this painting and placed it on layaway. They plan to hang in their dining room. This is the third piece of mine they have purchased. The first two were photographs. Seems as though they are becoming collectors. We encourage that sort of thing!

Friday, January 29, 2010

"Walking in China Town"

During my recent trip to San Francisco I stayed at the Hilton in the finacial district. China Town is right out the front door, so I enjoyed walking around exploring and taking photographs. I had several opportunities at different times of day. I must have captured over one hundred digital images. I really like some of them and I'll have a lot of fun going through them and altering/manipulating them.

This is my first piece, as yet untitled. I find something interesting in this composition. I'm thinking this may turn into a series, maybe a show "Walking in China Town".

Call or email for sizes and prices available. 315-668-9459 or

Friday, January 22, 2010

"Questa" $500.00 SOLD

"Questa" This mixed media abstraction is a painting from the late 90's. It will be auctioned off to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in April. This painting is one of four that Deb and I have (two each) that will be published in this year's Guide to Art in Central New York.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Markings of Time and Place - Edgewood Gallery

The best little gallery in Syracuse. No, I said in Syracuse. Abbott's is the best little gallery just outside Syracuse. The Edgewood Gallery is, as my late friend and mentor George Welch explained, an intimate space.

Intimate perhaps, but Cheryl and Doug have a long history of presenting the best artists in the Central New York area. Tonight was the opening reception for their current show, "Markings of Time and Space". Deb and I popped in quick, but the place was packed so we didn't stay long.

As I have stated here before, I am not an art critic. I'll leave that to others, or better yet, stop by the show yourself and you decide what you like.

This exhibition features three popular artists currently working in the Syracuse area. Amy Bartell, Paul Molesky and Dan Bacich.

Amy Bartell is showing acrylic mixed media paintings examining the topography of time and ever changing horizon.

Paul Molesky - Sculptural and functional stonewear ceramics finished with clay slip and shino glazes.

Dan Bacich - Mixed media box assemblages combining fragments that invoke a narrative.

I enjoyed the show. I think you will too. Markings of Time and Space runs through Febrary 19. Edgewood Gallery is located at 216 Tecumseh Rd in Syracuse. They are open Tuesday - Friday 9:30 - 6:00 and Saturday 10:00 - 2:00. For more information call 315-445-8111.

* Deb and I will be showing at the Edgewood Gallery in June. I will post more on this as we draw nearer.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Abiquiu - KV Abbott SOLD

This mixed media abstraction measures 18.75" X 18.75" (framed) in an off white shadow/float mat and set in a deep contemporary gold frame. The art appears to float in the mat.

This painting is available at $300.00.

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Edge of Art

The Edge of Art: New York State Artist Series

January 30 - April 4, 2010

For the past 34 years, the Everson has featured Central New York Artists in the Everson Biennial, a juried exhibition traditionally featuring about fifty artists in one group show. This year, the Everson proudly introduces The Edge of Art, a series of contemporary art exhibitions showcasing the work of various artists living in New York State, particularly in the Central New York Region. The new format presents small-scale focused exhibitions and site-specific installations of new work.

The exhibitions will take place in the Robineau Gallery on the main level of the Everson. The collaborative pieces and site-specific installations will be presented in auxiliary galleries spaces throughout the Museum, including the Rosamond Gifford Sculpture Court and the Mather Court, both located on the lower level.

As part of the series beginning this January, Wishing Tree by Tash Taskale will be on view on the exterior podium of the Museum by the main entrance. Additionally, artist Jen Pepper will be creating a site-specific installation titled that which can not be held, based on Tautologos, a solo exhibition she first had in 2008. These works explore narrative language and culture though creatively using unexpected materials and space.