Local artist’s work to be displayed at Octagon Gallery

WESTFIELD — At the end of last year, local artist and Westfield resident Trenton Lutes was awarded the Artist in Community Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program which is supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council. His submitted project entitled: “My Town: An Exploration in Acrylic Paint Skins with Photographic Transfers of Westfield, NY” highlights the many gems of both the town and village of Westfield and beautifully displays them on his large scale acrylic paint skins as colorful photographic transfers.

The creation of the works for this project took Lutes almost nine months to complete, but the results are stunning. Currently hanging safely in his barn, the pieces have an almost ethereal feel to them; transporting the viewer to the very locations from which Lutes photographed them. Their translucent quality adds a level of depth and mysteriousness that will entrance anyone who sees them. Ranging in size from two-feet by three-feet up to four-feet by six-feet Lutes’ works will certainly leave you with a sense of wonderment and awe.

The actual process involved in creating these large scale acrylic paint skins with photographic transfers began for Lutes back in January with a simple request placed in local papers and on Facebook. Simply put, Lutes asked for suggestions from residents and lovers of the Westfield area of beautiful, iconic, or hidden places within the Town and Village that he could then photograph. The results were tremendous and within a week or two Lutes had enough suggestions to do his project twice over.

Nine months later the creative process is nearing completion and Lutes would like to extend a personal invitation to one and all to join him for the opening of “My Town: An Exploration in Acrylic Paint Skins with Photographic Transfers of Westfield, NY” hosted by the Octagon Gallery at the Patterson Library in Westfield. The show will open on Friday, Oct. 6 from 7-9 pm. During the two hours of sensory enjoyment, Lutes will take time to speak on his process and learning experience as well as tell some anecdotal tales of his exploration of Westfield. Refreshments will also be served during the opening featuring local Westfield favorites like fresh fruit from Timmerman’s, treats from Cakes by Brandy and jams from the Grape Discovery Center, as well as wine from both Johnson Estate Winery and Noble Winery. Each winery is also featured in Lutes’ acrylic paint skins. To round out the evening Lutes has invited special guest, Adam McKillip, a well-known and talented local musician, to provide acoustic guitar accompaniment during the opening.

Lutes would also like to point out that he is proud to have teamed up with the Janet and Paul Odell Scholarship Fund of Westfield for this show. Lutes will be generously donating 10 percent of all sales from the show to the scholarship fund that was set up in memory of the Odell’s. Mrs. Odell was Lutes’ kindergarten teacher and he was recently reacquainted with her only to have her pass earlier this year. She was one of the many people who suggested locations to Lutes for his current project. The scholarship adheres to criteria that both Janet and Paul Odell had put in place prior to their passing and awards one graduating Senior from Westfield Academy and Central School funds to help further their academic careers.

The show will be on display from Oc. 6 through Nov. 3 in the Octagon Gallery at the Patterson Library, located at 40 South Portage St., Westfield.

For more information regarding the show you can contact Lutes at trenton@toastedwafflestudios.com or on Facebook @ToastedWaffleStudios. For a listing of the Octagon Gallery’s hours during the show’s month long display you can visit the website: www.pattersonlibrary.info and follow the links to the gallery, or on Facebook @OctagonGallery.