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Sensory Winery and Gallery has new art exhibition

March 24, 2016
Westfield Republican

Sensory Winery and Art Gallery will be opening a new show on Friday, April 1, featuring the artwork of Cecelia Ivy Price, art therapist at Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, and member of the 2016 Chautauqua - Lake Erie Art Trail. Guests can meet the artist at the opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. in the newly remodeled gallery, which features wine and beer tasting.

Entitled, "Eclectic Selection" Price's exhibit is run ning from March 20 through May 8, showcasing the paintings and conceptual works that have won her praise and awards for the past five years. The gallery is located at 10593 W Main Rd., Ripley. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Price's paintings, notable for their perfect finish, tactile nature, and mastery of the human form, bear witness to great craftsmanship. Nudity is a subject she often turns to express ideas related to vulnerability, social awkwardness, life and death, racism, shame, vanity, and personal loss. "My works are responses to my environment and everyday experiences, but I use them as a starting point to involve the viewer in a way that I hope is personal," she said.

Price is a member of the Board of Directors of the North Shore Arts Alliance (NSAA) and works out of her studio at the historic Forest Hill Cemetery Gatehouse at 57 Lambert St. in Fredonia. Her studio will be one of the featured stops on the 2016 Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail May 28 and 29, and August 20 and 21.

She graduated with honors from SUNY Fredonia in 2015, where she received five significant awards and scholarships in her senior year, including the Rosa Parks Memorial Scholarship, an international award to study in Italy, and a teaching assistantship in Professor Alberto Rey's drawing and painting class.

A Buffalo native, she earned an associate's degree from Niagara County Community College, where she garnered more awards, including the NCCC Excellence in Fine Arts Award.

In 2014, she presented the one-person show, "Dangerous," at the Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia. The theme of this show, "Healing Through Self-Expression: 'Dangerous.'" was the subject of a talk she was invited to present at the 2015 SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference in Brockport and at SUNY Fredonia.

She has completed a study abroad in Italy and has started working from photographs she took while away. Some artists who influence her include Roberto Ferri, Shawn Barber, & Brom. Cecelia 'Ivy' Price currently lives and works in Fredonia.



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