On Display at Dylan’s Restaurant
Oil Paintings by Terry Ekasala
Catamount Arts is pleased to announce a new exhibition of abstract oil paintings by artist Terry Ekasala, on view through May 21 in Catamount Arts’ Annex Gallery in Dylan’s Restaurant. Located right beside Catamount Arts Center on Eastern Avenue in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, the Annex Gallery at Dylan’s Café offers patrons an opportunity to enjoy original art as part of their dining experience during the restaurant’s open hours: Monday-Tuesday, 11-3 pm and Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11-9 pm.
About the Exhibition: The current show contains 25 abstract paintings and one mixed media work by local artist Terry Ekasala completed between 2011 and 2013. Featuring such poetic titles as Breath In, Breath Out (2013) and Heart and Soul, World Time Over (2015), the paintings are an expressive reflection of personal and artistic experience. All are for sale.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Born in Weymouth, Massachusetts, artist Terry Ekasala received her undergraduate degree the Art Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and began work as a freelance graphic designer. Drawn to fine arts, she set up her first studio in the Clay Hotel and Youth Hostel on Espanola Way in Miami Beach in 1983, which was at then a broken down palace of art deco dreams inhabited by refugees, addicts, and unsuspecting youth hostel who all contributed to the creative activity of the young artists who had begun to gather in the area.
Inspired by the rich diversity of the scene, Terry began working representationally, but quickly expanded her practice. She became a member of the Artifacts Art Group, who staged weekly events at the Miami nightclub “Fire and Ice” and organized exhibits in their own gallery. She was also part of a group of grapffiti artists who took to the streets to cover the boarded up and abandoned buildings. This work was eventually featured on the cover of the Sunday edition of the Miami Herald and as background in major advertising commercials on television.
In 1987 Terry visited Paris moved to Paris and worked as a cook in a tea salon while continuing to paint in her tiny apartment. In 1990 she set up a studio in Belleville, the colorful 20th Arrondissement at La Forge where she was part a diverse community that included artists of many nationalities. With others, she organized the first artist’s “squat” or reclaimed space to become legal in Paris, where she painted until 2001. During this time, her style underwent many changes, moving from figurative to abstract and she was able to sell directly through annual open studios in Belleville, as well as participate in group exhibitions in Paris, Berlin and New York.
In 2001 Terry moved to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, where she set up a studio in the small village of Lyndonville, but continued exhibiting—notably in a solo exhibition of large abstract oil paintings in NYC’s Metalstone Gallery in 2003. After the birth of her son Zack in 2004, she created smaller acrylic on board works that were shown at the Metalstone Gallery in 2005. Terry Ekasala now resides in East Burke, VT with her family, continuing to work on large and small abstracts in what she calls a dream studio in nearby West Burke.
Paintings By Terry Ekasala Now On View At Dylan’s Café – Caledonian Record