Andrea Petitto One Woman Show
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cape Cod, MA —The Addison Art Gallery will present a One Woman Show and reception featuring popular artist and instructor Andrea Petitto. To give viewers a greater understanding of her process, Petitto will demonstrate her technique just prior to the reception.
Demonstration Saturday, July 14 from 3:00 to 4:00
Reception Saturday, July 14 from 5:00 to 7:00. Showing all summer.
43 South Orleans Road (Route 28), Orleans, MA 508.255.6200 addisonart.com
Petitto was born in rural Massachusetts where, in her youth, she had to choose between art and science. Andrea’s father had been a sculptor and Andrea grew up making things with modeling clay. Instead of the usual children's literature, as a small child Andrea was fascinated by the images in large folio books of Rodin and Michelangelo sculptures. These influences can still be seen in the strong sense of solidity and form in her paintings. In 1990, after a career as university professor and industry consultant, she moved to art. A course in oil painting in 1997 was a life changing event. Around the turn of the century Andrea devoted herself to the study of painting and became a full-time artist with a particular passion for the human figure. Her love of dogs and other animals lead her to include animals in her figurative work. Andrea taught art classes at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua NY, Cape Cod Art Association in Barnstable and Creative Arts Center, Chatham. She has had solo shows in Canandaigua and at the Copley Society in Boston, and has won many awards Rochester NY, the Copley Society in Boston, and at many venues on Cape Cod.
“My passion is human figures, and sometimes animal figures, because of the evocative nature of body language and form.
"A level of abstraction allows a viewer to experience the emotional impact of the figure in a universal way, without concern for a specific identity. I recently began to use techniques which allowed me to paint figures more abstractly. My current process involves the use of many layers of paint which dry before being painted over. I use a variety of tools to create texture and form, digging down through layers to find color and shape ideas that are then further developed. All this creates a richly textured surface and a complex and unexpected visual context for the original figure.
"The resulting works depict people and animals often in familiar everyday situations but viewed in a new way. Occasionally, the depiction is more mysterious or dramatic with no clear representation of a specific location or activity, instead focussing on just color and form to structure the image. When I begin a painting, I don’t know just where the process will lead. I enjoy the surprises along the way and I hope that the viewer will share in my delight at the unexpected.” — Andrea Petitto
Addison Art Gallery
The internationally respected Addison Art Gallery is widely known for representing the region’s most popular artists, bringing exceptional emerging artists to the market, offering collectors a plethora of opportunities to get to know artists, and generously supporting numerous community, charitable and environmental organizations. This fine art gallery represents artists from across the United States, Mexico and France, and is home to many of the most sought-after Cape Cod artists. Housed in a charming Cape house overlooking Orleans Town Cove, the welcoming gallery provides a comfortable environment for viewing exceptional work.
The Addison Art Gallery, often praised for its ingenious exhibitions and events, has collaborated with the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Truro, Wellfleet and Eastham libraries, Cape Cod Hospital, Truro Historical Society, Orleans Conservation Commission, Orleans Improvement Association, Orleans Pond Coalition, and Henry Beston Society. The gallery was chosen as the Cape Cod National Seashore’s dedicated art partner for the 50th anniversary of the Seashore as well as the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service; created After Hopper, an ongoing venture celebrating contemporary artists inspired by Edward Hopper and the places he painted; is presenting Outermost Inspirations, an homage to Henry Beston’s The Outermost House this year; and will orchestrate In Thoreau’s Views, an artful look at Henry David Thoreau’s Cape Cod in 2019.