Camden Falls Gallery shows Babak’s works of ‘light’

Jul 10, 2019
"Breath of the Ocean," an oil on linen by Olena Babak.

CAMDEN — The Camden Falls Gallery, 5 Public Landing, presents “Olena Babak: The Preponderance of Light,” a new exhibition opening Friday, July 12. The exhibition event is on Thursday, July 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. and the show runs through July 26.

Olena Babak is an award-winning, classically trained artist whose landscapes and figurative works can be found in numerous galleries and collections across the United States and abroad. She was recently featured and interviewed by Plein Air Magazine (June-July 2019) about her process, her training and the iconic influences on her. She soberly describes her journey and her goals as an artist, namely “to be in love — with the moment, with the scene, with the paint.”

Babak was the recipient of the Hudson River Fellowship (NY) and her works appear in numerous publications including two versions of the “Strokes of Genius” series, the “Poets and Artists: 100 Great Drawings,” and the “Classicist.” She formerly taught graduate students at the Academy of Classical Design. Some of her selected awards from 2016 include: Best Representation of Rockies National Park; Artist’s Choice, Plein Air Richmond; First Place, Quick Draw & People's Choice Award, Finger Lakes Plein Air; Honorable Mention, Art Renewal Center Salon; First Place, Maine Art Show; and many others.

Camden Falls Gallery congratulates Babak on having three paintings accepted into The 14th International Arc Salon Competition. They received 4,300 entries from 73 countries, and only about 35% of the entrees have made it into the finals. All three paintings submitted by Babak are finalist works!

Trained as a talented figurative portraitist, Babak developed a passion for recording Maine’s landscapes. Maine’s natural beauty feeds her soul, as she continues to transform “ordinary” land and seascapes into breathtaking beauty, filled with light, color and passion.

In the vein of the traditional Hudson River School style, her work evokes the light of a by-passed-era, recalling the passion of the Romantic Period. Everyday scenes take on a life of their own through her lively brushwork as seen in “Morning in Bernard.” The landscape, “Breath of the Ocean,” evokes a bright, new dawn on the horizon, as Babak pursues her desire to capture and chase after this metaphorical vision of the hope for a new day. For Babak, “Sunrise is something very spiritual to me, as are sunsets. There are constant changes, slight differences in colors and light, and that resonates in life for me.”

Camden Falls Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in season. For more information, call 470-7027, email camdenfallsgallery@gmail.com or visit camdenfallsgallery.com.

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