Prendergast Gallery To Feature Jerry Paduano

The Prendergast Library Art Gallery will present “Journey,” the artwork of Jerry P. Paduano, from Sept. 13 through Oct. 11.

“I call this show ‘Journey’ because I feel art has allowed me to take a creative journey. I am continually trying new mediums, techniques, and styles. Many artists settle on one way of doing things and continue to improve and master a particular form of art. I’m not there yet, and don’t know that I ever will be. I like exploring,” he said.

There will be an opening reception from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, to meet Paduano and view his work.

“Because I work mostly from photographs, I draw images that spark my imagination, my memories or my emotions, and I hope they do the same for the viewer,” the artist said.

A lifelong resident of Chautauqua County, Paduano grew up in Greenhurst. He graduated from Maple Grove Junior-Senior High School, where he was an art major.

He and his wife, Suzette, who have been married for 37 years, designed and built their home in Panama. They have three children and four grandchildren.

“Lately I have enjoyed drawing people. Much of my work is inspired by my family, the grandchildren in particular,” he said.

“We love living in the country, the farms, the wildlife and our animals, so many of my works, including the Amish, depict life around my house and in my neighborhood. Other portraits just make me wonder about the life of the subject, what they were thinking or feeling at the moment their image was captured,” Paduano said.

Library hours to view “Journey” will be 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.

The next Prendergast Library exhibit will be Indian Images, a collection of paintings by George Clever and traditional Delaware Indian cultural items.

The library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. For information, call 484-7135.