top of page


Saturday, April 6 - Sunday, May 12, 2024

Reception: Saturday, April 6, 2024
4:00 - 6:00 PM

The West Strand Art Gallery is pleased to open its 2024 season with the exhibition: PORTRAITS SHAPING MEMORIES, Saturday, April 6, - Sunday, May 12. 


The exhibition brings together three artists from the Hudson Valley: Vanessa J. Osmon in West Point, Amy Fenton in Kingston, and Julia Santos Solomon in Woodstock. On view are portraits and figurative works that impart the artists’ perception of collective memory, mystery, and intimacy. The exhibition features 21 works including paintings on canvas/wood panels, mixed media on paper, and digital images on metal. 


Throughout time portrait artists have created likenesses of subjects that have become embedded in the psyche of society. Think of Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl” and the image of the young woman reading a letter by an open window.  What can we uncover in the figures and portraits on view in our exhibition Portraits Shaping Memories?  Osmon, Fenton, and Solomon portray intimate images that freeze a special moment in time in the lives of friends and relatives. 


Vanessa J. Osmon’s expressive paintings capture the joy, solitude, and intimacy of military spouses. They are women whose families share in shaping memories of a community of service to the nation. Osmon’s aim is to affirm to Military spouses that they “are seen and merit acknowledgement.”  Amy Fenton’s serene and haunting portraits of women are based on recollections and imagined scenarios related to her travels abroad, when she was a dancer.  Her paintings explore mysticism, surrealism, and performance of culturally related rituals.  

Julia Santos Solomon’s colorful self-portraits and images of family members memorialize her Caribbean cultural roots and explores identity transformations related to the consequences of colonization. 

bottom of page