WESTFIELD - The Octagon Gallery at Patterson Library opens a solo exhibition of the works of Jack Paluh, "Sights of Nature," running Friday, July 20 through Friday, Aug. 31. The artist's opening reception is open to the public on Friday, July 20 from 6 to 9 p.m.
This exhibition is part of the larger "Route 394 Art Corridor Gallery Walk" which includes the Art Loft, Portage Hill Gallery, Octagon Gallery and Reno Pottery. The Gallery Walk takes place Friday, July 20 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Although he showed considerable artistic talent at a young age, Paluh found work as a truck driver. His life changed drastically, however, in the autumn of 1982 when he was injured in a hunting accident.
Artist Jack Paluh’s “Sights of Nature” solo exhibition will run from Friday, July 20 through Friday, Aug. 31 at the Octagon Gallery at Patterson Library.
"While I was bow hunting, my tree stand collapsed beneath me and I fell 20 feet to the ground, cracking a vertebra in my back," Paluh said.
But there was a silver lining to the dark cloud, and while recuperating he started painting. His first painting was of a white-tailed deer.
"That was nearly 30 years ago and so began my career as a full-time nature artist," Paluh said.
Nature continues to inspire him.
"The older I become, the more I realize how intricate our natural world is created," Paluh said. "I truly enjoy the time spent outdoors as it is my time to pray, dream and compose. Even on a hunting day that has been less than successful, I still return home with ideas. I file those ideas away and use them in future paintings."
Paluh has received many honors in his career as a nature artist, but none more significant to him than meeting and talking with the people who have enjoyed and purchased his artwork. At an art show or during a chance meeting in passing, Jack is never too busy to answer questions about his paintings, or swap a few hunting stories.
Wine has been generously donated by Johnson Estate Winery of Westfield. Patterson Library's Art Gallery program is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Re-grant Program administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council. Contact Nancy N. Ensign, Octagon Gallery Curator, for interest in art exhibition for the year 2014, or Art Escape programming at 326-2154 or firstname.lastname@example.org.