New Paintings by Eleni Smolen Opening at Theo Ganz Feb. 7

Layers and layers on wood become metaphor for life’s journey

Eleni Smolen's 'Funny Valentine'

Eleni Smolen’s ‘Funny Valentine’

Eleni Smolen is presenting 10 new paintings at the Theo Ganz Studio in February. The opening reception is Thursday, Feb. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The series was completed between 2011 and 2012. Working on wood allows Smolen to scribe, mark, sand, build up the layers, undo everything and so forth — and while the paintings are all abstract, they are a visual journal of her emotional life and concerns. The process of building up a layer and then “erasing” it — several times over in some cases — becomes a metaphor for life’s journey — thinking that life is going to be one way and having it turn out very differently from what one expected and the inherent struggles and ups and downs along the way.

The Theo Ganz Studio, 149 Main St. in Beacon, is open Friday through Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and by appointment at 917-318-2239. For more information visit

Images courtesy of Theo Ganz Studio

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