UPCOMING & ON VIEW
New Paintings by Erin Long
Join us at the Project 308 Gallery for the exhibition titled “COLORING BOOK” featuring new works by Erin Long.
We will host an opening reception on Tuesday, July 6th from 6-8PM.
We will host gallery hours every Tuesday night 6-8PM from July 6- August 24th.
Or make an appointment by calling 716-523-0068. Admission to the gallery is free.
Statement about the Exhibition:
"I lost a coloring contest in 1st grade because I colored outside of the lines. It wasn't a casual, loose-handed accident or anything, I did it on purpose. A skunk dressed in a fireman's outfit was putting out flames in a building. The smoke was everywhere but was completely cut off by the end of the page. So, seeing that I had beautiful, large margins to work with, I extended the lines to complete many clouds of smoke. I colored the smoke gray, just as I was supposed to. But, I lost in a landslide vote to my sweet friend.
I learned something about coloring that day: Do it right. (And for God's sake--don't be too creative.)
This collection of work is about coloring my childhood all over again. You'll find my earliest idols and 'friends' depicted in the pieces, from Wonder Woman to Kermit the Frog. I began each painting with a carbon copy of a character from my childhood. I colored each one, staying in the lines, doing it right. (And not being too creative.). Then, whether one would call it a defiance of coloring book rules or an expansion of my creative expression, I did anything but stay-in-the-lines. A touch of whimsical nostalgia and a flurry of guts (that I wish I'd had in 1st grade), have become the show, COLORING BOOK."
About Erin Long:
Erin Long grew up in West Falls, New York. After graduating from Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, she lived and worked in Colorado, Massachusetts, and California. In 2017, Long returned home to East Aurora and began painting full-time. She has sold hundreds of pieces to collectors in the United States and Europe and has participated in numerous shows in the Buffalo area. Her private studio is located at 657 Persons Street, East Aurora. She can be reached online through www.erinlongfineart.com or www.instagram.com/erinlongfineart