NORTH CREEK - In what is becoming a rare occurrence for the artist, Adirondack native Gary Casagrain will show his work at the Tannery Pond Community Center June 25 to July 27.
Since the opening of his gallery in Tupper Lake in 2007, Casagrain has taken it slow with exhibitions, choosing to focus his attention on his Park Street showroom.
He usually participates in the Adirondack Museum's rustic furniture gallery, as he collaborates with furniture builders, integrating his art to make a unique piece.
He's especially proud of a rustic desk he worked on recently, with one of his paintings serving as a lit backdrop when the desk is in use.
His wife, Barbara, makes custom frames for his paintings, and most of his works are framed by her, said Casagrain. "I do a lot of work with furniture artists," he said, and one of his furniture collaborators makes frames for his works, too.
Casagrain also had a one-man show in Ogdensburg recently, but, "It's been awhile since we've had a grouping like this at one place," said Casagrain.
Along with his gallery, Casagrain maintains a home studio, and said that art "is all I've ever done to make a living." He's been painting full-time since the '80s.
Casagrain said he really enjoys talking to gallery visitors, and when discussing painting, he thinks of art in musical terms. "I love music," he said.
"Visual art is basically music in a visual form," said Casagrain. He said there are many similarities between music and visual art, "When you discuss a painting, you speak in musical terms." Conversations about artwork use words like composition, flow and rhythm.
In keeping with Casagrain's outlook on music and art, an artist reception scheduled for July 22 at 5 p.m. will be followed by a concert at 7:30 p.m.
Prints will be available and are made-to-order. Casagrain said he can satisfy any custom size desired by the buyer.
The artist makes canvas prints of his work using giclee process, French for sprayed ink. It uses archival ink that is sprayed on the canvas, then varnished, creating a very durable piece that can even be washed, said Casagrain. He called it "the highest quality printing method that's used today."
For a more finished touch, Casagrain can also return to the print and add texture to the surface, creating a unique piece, he said.
The Widlund Gallery in the Tannery Pond Community Center is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays and Mondays when the "open" flag is out. Call 251-2421 or visit the website at www.tpcca.org for more information.