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John Hampshire "Labyrinthian Portraits" Exhibit Reception at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, January 3, 2001

Hudson Valley Community College is pleased to welcome visual artist John Hampshire to the LRC Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College, Friday, Jan. 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the artist's reception for "Labyrinthian Portraits." Hampshire's paintings and drawings will be featured in the gallery through Jan. 29, 2001. The LRC Gallery is located in the Marvin Library on the Hudson Valley Community College campus at 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 629-7337.

Hampshire has said about his work, "The static nature of images allowed me to start the paintings in a more chaotic manner, beginning by breaking the picture plane up with a maze of lines or an accumulation of linear paint strokes of brilliant colors which at first had seemingly little to do with the images I was attempting to translate onto the page. As this process continued, the marks became containers for subsequent marks, controlling activities more and more as time went on. The image in the painting or drawing in direct correlation to this, became more and more resolved."

Hampshire lives in a three-story brick building in Troy that has long been the abode of artists, with a garage that features additional studio space and a dark room. It is located just south of Troy's Pottery District.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.