Alfred State College’s Hinkle Memorial Library Gallery will host an exhibition of the works of local artist Jay Pullman, from Monday, Nov. 2, through the end of the current academic semester (mid-December).
Pullman works in oils, watercolors, charcoal, graphite, and pen and ink. His subject matter is diverse, but includes scenes from Provence, the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes, flowers, portraits, and Civil War paintings inspired by members of the 21st Georgia Infantry.
Pullman spent a good deal of his life teaching English, first at Ithaca High School, then at Morrisville State College, but has always loved drawing and painting. It wasn’t until he retired several years ago and moved to Arkport, however, that he has pursued his passion fully. Of Dutch heritage, he has always felt a kinship with the artists of Holland, from Frans Hals and Rembrandt to Van Gogh.
Pullman is largely self-taught as a painter but has gained a lot from the workshops and video instruction of contemporary artists. With the support and encouragement of his wife, Terry, he finds it stimulating to work in different media: oil, watercolor, charcoal, graphite, and--more recently--pen and ink. He has come to realize that serious painting is not recreation or therapy. It is intense creative work, even though it may have those other benefits. He feels his art says more about his own state of mind, ultimately, than it does about his subject matter.
His work has appeared as part of an exhibit called “Art and Artifacts of the Civil War,” at the Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport. He is currently exhibiting and selling paintings and prints at New Dimensions and Dr. John Meyer’s dental office, both in Hornell, and at Sylor Imaging & Decor in Dansville. He also has cards for sale at Berry Vine Creations, Arkport, and the Canacadea Country Store, Alfred.
Pullman welcomes visitors to his online gallery: www.pullmanpaintings.com.
The exhibit will be available during regular library hours: Mondays – Thursdays 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays from 1 to 7 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 11 p.m.