Kate Horan and Alvin Rosser are featured artists in new show

September 9 opening reception is part of Milford After Dark event

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  • "The Blues Singer" by Kate Horan

  • "Man Picks Apple" by Alvin Rosser

— Featured artists for September at the ARTery Gallery are Kate Horan and Alvin Rosser, whose exhibit opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Enjoy wine and snacks while viewing the works of these two accomplished artists as well as the work by the other members of this cooperative gallery, during this Milford After Dark monthly event throughout the town.

In her semi-abstract painting and collage, Kate Horan probes aspects of the cultural and social environment.

“My passion is making figurative art," she said. "Through invention and observation, I create images that reflect the caring, contentious, vulnerable, elusive and complicated beings called human.”

There is often a narrative in her work that calls for a story, or many, even if it’s only in the grasp of a hand or the degree of a smile. 

Horan did her graduate study at SUNY Buffalo and further study at The Art Student’s League and School of Visual Art in New York City. Her paintings are in collections throughout the tristate area and nationally.

Cheeky charactersAlvin Rosser earned his MFA degree in 1953 at Ohio University, where he studied with Aaron Bohrod and Charles Burchfield. In 1953 he married and moved to New York, where he worked for the Mutual Broadcasting Company as a visual presentations artist by day and studied painting with Hans Hoffman at night. From 1954 through 1960 he exhibited abstract paintings in many prominent galleries — Ward Eggleston, Roko, Koltnow, Caravan and the New York City Center Gallery. 

In 1960 he moved to Sparta, N.J., where he taught in the local school system. He joined the ARTery when it was first formed in 1999 and his work, which has been a favorite of visitors, are tongue in cheek observations of people.  Drawing on his abstract background, his technique has loose, simple brush strokes and lines with lots of texture. He is able to capture the character of people with a minimalist's touch.

He now lives in a Colorado retirement community with his own studio, where he still paints in oil and watercolor, and sculpts in papier mache. Rosser is currently only represented by the ARTery Gallery and can also be seen by appointment in Colorado.

In his spare time Al dabbles in creative writing. His short story "A Lesson In Love" was published in "I Thought My Father Was God," edited by Paul Auster in association with NPR's National Story Project.

The gallery is located at 210 Broad St. in Milford. For more information call 570-409-1234 or visit arterygallerymilford.com .

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