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October 30, 2012

Wilber Mansion to host pair of art shows

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — ONEONTA — Wilber Mansion will be the site of two concurrent art exhibitions, beginning Friday.

The shows include two artists who have been showcased at the mansion in the past, but the exhibits are new.

Under the auspices of the Community Art Network of Oneonta, the opening Friday will be from 5-8 p.m., and will run through Nov. 26. There are no admission fees and all are welcome.

Christine Alexander will have more than 20 new works in her solo show, “Paintings in Acrylic and Watercolor.” Alexander works out of her hillside studio in East Meredith’s Houghtaling Hollow.

She credits the “astounding beauty of our surroundings, with the ever-changing cycles of seasons and weather, and the simultaneous changes of color, form, and texture,” with inspiring the hues and shapes in her abstract art. Alexander’s last solo show at Wilber Mansion was in 2007.

Maryann Stow’s show is titled “The Beauty of Lake Atitlan.” It features plein air paintings, as well as work from her Oneonta studio, all based on her 2010 trip to visit her sons in San Pedro La Laguna, on Lake Atitlan, in Guatemala.

Formed by a volcano, the 84,000-year-old lake is regarded as one of the most scenic anywhere.

Aldous Huxley, author of “Brave New World,”  wrote of it: “Lake Como, it seems to me, touches on the limit of permissibly picturesque, but Atitlán is Como with additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It really is too much of a good thing.”

“Atitlan” translates to “at the water.”

German explorer Alexander von Humbolt called it “the most beautiful lake in the world.”