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Barrett at BC kitchen + bar!

BC kitchen + bar (formerly Babycakes Cafe) sponsors Barrett Art Center by providing a premier exhibit opportunity at their popular and upscale gathering place and eatery on the circle at Raymond Avenue near the new Vassar College Bookstore.

on exhibit now....


Ellen Metzger O’Shea

Carpe Diem

March 21 through May 9

Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 13, 5:00 to 6:00pm


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Ellen Metzger-O’Shea is a local oil painter whose intensely colored land-
scapes show a recognizable horizon even though some of her work may

more aptly be described as abstract rather than representational. She has

also transferred printed images to her oil paintings, evoking nostalgic

memories and mysterious nuances. She describes herself as a ‘plein air’

artist, painting in the great outdoors directly from nature. She also works

daily in the light of her attic studio where she sees “only the tree tops and

the sky.”

Metzger-O’Shea holds a BA from Nazareth Collge in Rochester, NY, and a

post-graduate degree from SUNY New Paltz, with concentrations in Painting

and Printmaking. Her painting has been greatly influenced by studying with

artists Alex Martin (SUNY New Paltz), Stuart Diamond (Columbia University)

and Tim Hawkesworth (Massachusetts College of Art). Now retired from a

thirty-year art teaching career in the Wappingers Central School District,

she teaches at the Barrett Art Center and conducts a weekly art intensive

program for residents of The Fountains in Millbrook, NY. She has been

active for many decades in various artistic and administrative capacities

with the Barrett Art Center (Dutchess County Art Association), most recently

serving as President from 2013 to January 2016.

Ellen has a long and impressive list of past solo exhibitions, most recently

showing at the Artists Association of Nantucket, MA, River Winds Gallery in

Beacon, NY, Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie, NY, in the Finger Lakes region of

NY, and Albert Shahinian Fine Art gallery, She shows her work in group

exhibitions at the Barrett Art Center and is a member of LongReachArts, a

local group of artists who exihibit fine art in various gallery venues in the

Hudson Valley.

Contact Information

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call: 845-797-7094


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Gallery Hours:

W-F 10am-3pm; Saturday 12-3pm during exhibitions; Additional hours available by appointment.


Director:  Joanna Frang

Board of Directors

Karl Schmitz, President

Nikki Hung, Secretary  Lauren Clark
 Gregory O'Shea
 Ellen Metzger O'Shea  Ian Wickstead  

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