WESTFIELD - Patterson Library's Octagon Gallery will show "Expressions through Face and Figure" featuring the work of James Millhouse and Tim Sivertsen from Friday, April 19 through Friday, May 10.
The opening reception will be held Friday April 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Octagon Gallery.
Millhouse, who grew up in Corning, N.Y., always had an aptitude for creating things.
Artwork by James Millhouse will be on display at Patterson Library’s Octagon Gallery.
"The reason I got into art in the first place was mainly because it was inexpensive and my family was poor and I'm compelled innately to work with my hands," he said. "I don't think there's anything that I do quickly or without intense contemplation."
After graduating high school, Millhouse joined the Navy as a jet engine mechanic for MH60 Sierra helicopters. After three years, he left the Navy, attending Corning Community College and SUNY Fredonia.
"I wanted to get into the school of music for voice, but my previous art professor convinced me to submit a portfolio to the art department," Millhouse said. "I was accepted, so I switched majors and I'm about to graduate with a BA degree in Visual Arts and New Media with a concentration in oil painting."
Sivertsen was born in New Bethlehem, Pa. A graduate of Syracuse University School of Art, he is a free-lance artist living and working out of Buffalo, N.Y. Sivertsen is involved in numerous creative endeavors including large-scale painting, mural work, designing and constructing theater sets, house remodeling and restoration work.
"I enjoy alternating between different projects to keep my perspective fresh," he said. "I often characterize myself as having a paint brush in one hand and a hammer in the other. Most of my work focuses on human faces and figures."
Refreshments for the opening have been generously donated by Johnson Estate Winery. Contact Octagon Gallery Curator Nancy Nixon for interest in art exhibition for the year 2014 at 326-2154 or firstname.lastname@example.org.