SFA Gallery will present a two-person show featuring new paintings by artist couple Elizabeth Snelling and Scott Bennett. This is Ms. Snelling’s second exhibit at SFA and Mr. Bennett’s first.
The exhibit runs from September 5th through 29th with an opening reception on Saturday, September 7th from 5-7pm. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
Scott Bennett is a painter from upstate New York. His current work combines his love of landscape with his long apprenticeship to non-objective picture making. He received his BFA from Syracuse University in 1974. Early in his career, he met the famous critic and writer Clement Greenberg who had previously selected Bennett’s work for inclusion in juried exhibitions. The friendships and studio relationships with Greenberg and noted painters Mark Raush, Darryl Hughto, Susan Roth, Steve Achimore and Jane Crow were a vital part of Bennett’s artistic development.
In 1985 Bennett was selected to attend Triangle International Artists Workshop in Pine Plains, NY, founded by sculptor Sir Anthony Caro. Bennett has been a visiting artist at Tokyo University in Japan, Southern Indiana University, Oswego State University and the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 2005 he was included in a historically important two-part exhibition, Clement Greenberg in Syracuse: Then and Now, curated by Karen Wilkin. The first part of the exhibit opened in Syracuse, NY and the second part was shown at the Palitz Gallery in NYC.
Elizabeth Snelling is a painter from Easton, PA. She graduated from Phillips Academy Andover and Mount Holyoke College. She attended Pratt Institute, Manhattan Campus, for printmaking as well as Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science for graduate work in textile print design. About her work she says “Every blank canvas is an opportunity for constructing a picture with color, pattern, shape and paint. While my work is built with the recognizable objects of still life, I never feel constrained by realism or bored by the mundane arrangements of cups, saucers and flowers. Putting a picture together is humbling and I’m grateful for all the artists before me that gave their attention to domesticity.” Although not included in this group of work, Snelling has frequently painted portraits of friends, family and their animal companions. A recent exhibit of her portraits was held in Allentown, PA.