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One Inspiration - Four artists, Many Interpretations

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The exhibition, "One Inspiration-Four Artists, Many Interpretations," is different from most art shows.

The exhibit features four Rocheter area artists - Andrea Costopolous, Pat Dunn-Walker, Monika Gloviczki and Wendy Westlake. Think of the old shampoo commercial in which a woman likes the product so much that she tells two people and they tell two people and so on and so forth.

But here the geometric progression is in paintings. 

Using a single abstract image, each artist painted it in her own style. The four paintings were then shared with the other artists, who used them as inspirations to paint new works. Four more paintings were thus produced. Then those paintings were shared and four more were produced. And so on and so forth. 

Costopolous said the four artists spent the past nine months working on the project. They weren't trying to copy each other's works, but instead used them as launching pads for something different. Each artist produced at least five paintings.

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"We allowed ourselves to try new techniques and styles of painting," said Costopolous, who will oversee the 125Live Art Gallery beginning next year. "We shared ideas with each other. Sometimes, there are some commonalities in the paintings, and sometimes almost no resemblance in some of the paintings."

The opening of the exhibit will be Jan. 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 125 Live, 125 Elton Hills Dr., NW, Rochester. It will run through March. 

"This isn't as much about painting the perfect painting," she said. "You might get a great painting or a perfect painting. This is more about about exploring our painting boundaries, in a context of painting that is somewhat unfamiliar to us."

The idea of "Many Interpretations" came from Westlake. The idea was to hang the paintings in Westlake's "535 Gallery" near Cooke Park. But then the gallery was destroyed in a fire, putting the project on hold.

"We hadn't started yet when the gallery burnt down, so she kind of licked her wounds for awhile," Costopoulous said. "About six months later, she made the decision: Let's do this."

Costopoulous said the project was unique in that the group of painters had "some ideas about how we wanted to start," but no idea what they would end up with.

"We didn't know what we would have as an end product, so from that point of view, it's really a different sort of exhibition," she said. 

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What: An art exhibit,"One Inspiration-Four Artists, Many Interpretations," features Andrea Costopoulous, Pat Dunn-Walker, Monika Gloviczki and Wendy Westlake.

When: Opening is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 7. 

Where: The gallery of 125 Live, 125 Elton Hills Dr. NW, Rochester. 

Cost: Free of charge.

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