Interpreting Life & Landscape

Expressions on Paper, Panels and Gourds

Upcoming Event

March 7 - April 13, 2024

The Salmon River Fine Arts Center is pleased to host a special three-person solo exhibition featuring three area artists with works interpreting life and landscape:

  • Sharon Medina, watercolor
  • Jerry Russell, painting and illustration
  • Barbara Duquette-Fabian gourd sculpture and painting

Exhibition. This exhibition will be at the Arts Center from March 7 - April 13 and can be seen during gallery hours.

Gallery slideshow. See our gallery slideshow of a few of the artworks in this show. To see the whole amazing show, please stop by during gallery hours. Show ends April 13.

The Artists of the show Interpreting Life and Landscape

Barbara Duquette-Fabian
Jerry Russell
Sharon Medina

Who's Who

watercolor painting of a bird dog in water

Bird Dog, Watercolor

Sharon Medina is a watercolor artist with a BS degree in Environmental and Forest Biology from SUNY ESF and a strong appreciation for the natural world. She has a love of hiking and travel, which creates endless inspiration for her work.

“My passion for nature and the outdoors is the driving force behind my artwork. Through my paintings I aim to capture and convey the profound beauty that surrounds us. I hope to evoke a sense of wonder for the enchanting and often fleeting moments in nature, like a deer in soft, quiet falling snow, or a sunset lighting the trees aglow.”

oil painting of small waterfall across a stream

Runoff, Oil

Jerry Russell, born and raised in Central New York, has a BFA in Illustration and a minor in Painting from Syracuse University. He has worked as a freelance graphic designer, illustrator, art director at a mid-sized ad agency, and an adjunct professor of design at a local community college. He also ran Studio 309 Creative Services for 30 years, while continuing to pursue his passion for drawing and painting.

I am “influenced by light, shadow, color, and elements of nature that strike a nostalgic chord, as well as my Uncle Don, who introduced me to many things, including Wyeth, Eakins, Cezanne and Van Gogh. Never one to settle on a style, my interest wanders among the influences of these artists and others, past and contemporary. Studying how they interpret landscape, form, light, shadow, and atmosphere motivates and inspires me.”

a gourd painted with flowers and topped by a butterfly

Pyrography Flowers, Gourd

Barbara Duquette-Fabian lives in Bernhards Bay, NY, on Oneida Lake and is a self-taught artist for over 40 years in oils, watercolors, and a variety of mixed media. In 2007 she started specializing in creating gourd art using pyrography and inks, and sculpting and carving on gourds. She is a member of theAmerican Gourd society, New York Gourd Pepo Patch, and the Pennsylvania Gourd Society. She has won many 1st place and Best of Division and People’s Choice ribbons in competitions across the State of New York and Pennsylvania. She teaches classes at various art centers in NYS and Pennsylvania. She sells her work on commission and treats each piece as uniquely as possible so two pieces are never exactly alike.

“I think of a gourd as my canvas and the possibilities are endless. I love incorporating different elements, including some found in nature, to make unique gourd art. My hope is that my art inspires and encourages others to never give up on their dreams.”