Painter Tim Fortune sits among his many paintings in his studio on Small Fortune studios in Saranac Lake.
Maurice Kenny’s poetry has been heard around the world and Tim Fortune’s watercolors and oil paintings are well known, but in a show merging two well known Adirondack artists’ work a new side of both their talents will be displayed.
Kenny and Fortune, will merge their art for a show “Icons” - Lunacy & Scribblings at the BluSeed Studios, 24 Cedar Street. The show will feature photographs and one painting by Fortune and Kenny will be exhibiting a group of intuitive “scribbles” based off his poetry.
There will be a special Meet the Artists Opening Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 5.
Adirondack painter Fortune whose oil and water color paintings are on display at Small Fortune Studios on Main Street, will reveal a different side of his artistic ventures with an exhibit of his photography. The series to be displayed are titled “Lunacy,” a series of pieces taken of the moon and grid collages of manipulated images of the moon.
“I think they shouldn’t come with any expectations,” said Carol Voffler, Artistic Director at BluSeed Studios. “They are going to be refreshed knowing artists can have new breakthroughs. Should be some nice surprises in the works.”
Fortune’s work includes large-detailed oil paintings of trees, water scenes and other Adirondack scenes. The photography he will be showing will be part of a lunar series of moon reflections taken over 10 years ago.
Kenny, a native Adirondack poet will exhibit his whimsical illustrations that are inspired by his poetry.
“People expect whimsical art to illustrate a poem, but it is the poem the illustrates the whimsical art,” Kenny said. “People will say I’m a writer and he’s a painter of images but I am a painter with words, the scribblings will mirror that.”
Kenny’s whimsical scribblings that he will show are drawings of animals and flowers found in the area that reflect his poetry.
“My poems are about bears and wolves, both majestic and beautiful creatures and flowers and scenes of Saranac Lake, even when I write a poem in New York City it will have a daffodil in it,” said Kenny. “All of my peoms have a narrative, I write about those things and I draw them.”
Kenny said his scribblings, though they look free and light is the product of precision and repetition.
“I call them colors, they are fun to do but they are hard work,” said Kenny. “I have done 26 copies of a wolf drawing before I got it right.”
Though both artists are leaving their artistic comfort zones, Kenny said that will be the fun of it.
“His work is going to face mine in the gallery and our work will probably laugh at eachother,” said Kenny. “It’s fun but it’s a learning experience.”