Open Center Showcases the Work of Two Artists Guided from Within
Personaland – an online global village for the arts is pleased to present an exhibition of talented artists, Norell Gudaitis, and Francis Patnaude, at the New York Open Center galleryspace, 22 East 30th Street, New York City. The art show will be on view through March 13.
Norell has been deemed Connecticut’s “Grandma Holy Moses.” A self-taught artist who started painting at 72, using natural materials such as pine needles and clover blossoms as paint brushes, she once painted nearly 200 works in a period of creative revelry. Now 90 years old, Norell continues to sing and paint, always guided by the powerful within her. Born to share croppers in rural Opelika, Alabama, Norell vividly remembers sitting on Cab Calloway’s lap at the age of Five while he sang to her. It was the Jim Crow 1930’s and her elder sister was working in the theater where Calloway performed when she invited him home for a family dinner. Much of Norell’s artwork centers around Calloway, dreams, and visions, self-portraits, biblical figures, UFOs, fantastical landscapes and wild, colorful abstracts. Norell has been a feature of many Connecticut newspapers and television broadcasts including CPTV Connecticut Journal.
Fran uses his Zen practice and meditation to guide his artwork – whether steel sculpture, collage or painting. Fran currently teaches sculpture at Western Connecticut State University.
“It is said that the function of the Zen Arts is to simply directly point to the true nature of reality. I would have to say that all art produced by human beings past and present that truly nourishes the spirit and works with life as it’s media reflects this Zen attitude. It is this awakened orientation combined with a methodology rooted in this awareness that finds its highest level of completion with the interweaving of society. How we as a people on this great earth can honor our individual nature and yet realize that our world community is the base on which this miraculous uniqueness depends is a question we must take up. Our survival depends on it. Art done with a foundation of spirit offers the opportunity to not only be a visionary guiding light but also a practice which directly manifests this insight. My artwork is simply expressions of an attempt to enter into this great challenge.”
You can also enjoy this exhibition online at www.personaland.com where you can ride a Persona Horse or Dragon to the digital Hut galleries or make a wish and make flowers dance on the new Fountain Tour.
For further information, contact Stewart Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the New York Open Center at (212) 219-2527 X145.