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Artwork by Kerry Dayton ’89 included in four-woman show in Saratoga Springs

Alumna Kerry (Gotzmann) Dayton ’89 has work in a four-woman art exhibition opening in April at the Spring Street Gallery in Saratoga Springs, NY.

The show, “Impression,” is based on how artists use their work as a therapeutic and creative outlet, explained Dayton, who earned a B.F.A. from Alfred University. The exhibition is on view from April 17 through June 26, with an opening reception set for April 20. There will be an artist talk and additional events on meditation and yoga alongside the show.

Dayton, who lives in Guilderland, NY, and works as a project manager in the Capital Region of New York State, says she creates art in her free time. “I am a multi-disciplinary artist.  I create installation pieces based on injustices in the world,” she explained. “I also create paintings using oil and cold wax medium.  Impression is showing some of my oil and cold wax artwork that deal with emotions, stages of grief and healing from them,” she said.

Dayton credits her time at Alfred University as instrumental to her development as an artist.

“Alfred University taught me to think outside the box. My time at Alfred taught me so much about color and how to see these differences of color in nature. To take an object and draw it many times, as a way to see it differently and work with unexpected materials to draw with. I worked as a decorative painter for many years and Alfred was instrumental in showing me to not give up,” she said.

“Words of wisdom I received from my Alfred teachers were, ‘Keep creating, keep drawing, keep thinking and going forward with your art.’”