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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

New Paintings, New Gallery, New Events!

Evening Irises 15x15 oil by Bridget Bossart van Otterloo
I'm excited to announce a new partnership with Quintus Gallery in Watkins Glen, NY. Quintus Art Gallery is a beautiful, contemporary exhibit space on the shore of Seneca Lake.
One of my newest paintings, Evening Irises (shown above) is now hanging in the Quintus Gallery. Kathleen Quinn, gallery curator, will pair my painting with a wine from Dr. Frank's during a special Workshop and Art Pairing on November 4th. Kathleen will talk about the design concepts in my work during the reception following the workshop. Check out more information in the link below.

For me, "Evening Irises" expresses the stormy twilight of this year. There have been many ups and downs, and there's beauty in all of it. Visually, Evening Irises is a new concept for me - my first botanical painting incorporating a sky in the background. There is a story behind the painting. I know my story, maybe you see a little of your story in the painting as well?
May Day Lilacs, 15x15 oil by Bridget Bossart van Otterloo
I think of May Day Lilacs as Evening Irises's companion piece. She is the contrasting cheerful sunny day to his stormy twilight. See more paintings and view the gallery of latest work on my website: 
I always love to hear your interpretations and your favorites, so please feel free to comment and write back.

Upcoming Events:

Quintus Gallery on Seneca Lake, Watkins Glen, NY.
Party with a purpose! 2nd Annual Wearable Art Gala 
Thursday, September 28, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Quintus Gallery is partnering with the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes for the Second Annual Wearable Art Gala.
All proceeds will benefit the Schuyler County Fund. For more information follow this link: Quintus Gallery Wearable Art Gala

Quintus Gallery
Catawba Grapes, 6x15 oil by Bridget Bossart van Otterloo
My painting, Catawba Grapes, will be in the silent auction along with some other fantastic artwork. These grapes were picked in a family vineyard on the east side of Seneca Lake. One of my favorite things to do here in the Finger Lakes is to pick my own fresh fruits at local vineyards and farms. 

Workshop and Art Pairing at Quintus Gallery

"Quintus Gallery believes learning to draw and paint requires observing from real life with a mindful focus. Art is more than copying a painting, it is an artist's direct and spontaneous expression when it is interpreted from real life. Meet Bridget Bossart van Otterloo, an accomplished painter who knows that it’s important to draw and paint from real life and while doing so, to be mindfully present. Experience the thrill of drawing (and painting) from an actual live arrangement of autumn fruits and flowers. Bridget will demonstrate and guide you through her signature techniques of Botanical drawing, along with providing individualized instruction. Learn the classical botanical style of applying thin transparent layers of watercolor, color mixing and dry brush techniques.

At the end of class, we celebrate with an Art Pairing reception. Enjoy a glass of Dr. Frank’s fine wine as gallery curator pairs Bridget’s most recent oil painting, “Evening Irises” (shown above) with a specialty wine, appetizer, design concept and musical rhythm. Reception compliments of Quintus Gallery."

This class is a joy and for all levels, no experience necessary. Materials are included in the price of the class.

Place: Quintus Gallery • 65 Salt Point Rd. • Watkins Glen, NY
Time: Saturday • November 11 • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Investment: $57- Includes all materials and ARTpair reception.
Register here:

18th Gallery Gala at the Arnot Art Museum

Fresh Raspberries, 11x14 oil by Bridget Bossart van Otterloo
Fresh Raspberries and two other paintings of mine will be in the 18th Gallery Gala at the Arnot Museum in Elmira NY, on exhibit now through December 22, 2017. The Gala Auction Sale will be held on November 17, 2017. Tickets are $25 per person. Support your local Artists and a fantastic museum at this fun event. If you can't attend there will be an on-line bidding option this year. Find more information on their website:

I hope to see you this fall for one of these events!
My best,


  1. Bridget,

    Nice to read about all that is happening for you and your art - your busyness.
    Loved your words, "There have been many ups and downs, and there's beauty in all of it." Yes, beauty in the dark and the light, the happy and the sad, the continual flow on the wheel of life. Keep up the good work.
    MC in CA

    1. Thank you, Michael. I really appreciate your comments here. Art has always helped me through the ups and downs of life. -Bridget