OSWEGO — The oil paintings of Syracuse native Bob Niedzwiecki, inspired by “the beauty, variety and magic of the eastern shore of Lake Ontario,” will grace Tyler Art Gallery at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center from Oct. 16 through Nov. 13.
The exhibition, titled “Shining Water’s Eastern Shore: Oil Paintings by Bob Niedzwiecki,” will launch with a free public reception for the artist from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 16, at the Metro Center in the Atrium building on Clinton Square in Syracuse.
Niedzwiecki began painting at 12. From that first experience, he says, he can “still see that painting and feel the watercolor brush making the marks that articulated the folding cloth.”
A graduate of the Air Force Academy in Colorado, he served as a launch control officer in the Strategic Air Command in Tucson, Arizona. After leaving the service and with the help of two teachers and painters, Nick Todisco and George Benedict, he constructed a portfolio and started his formal art training at Purchase College outside of New York City.
He studied with Sewell Sillman and Leonard Stokes; their emphasis on the formal elements and the need for clarity and sensitivity in seeing reveal new truths to him even now, 30 years later, the artist said.
Niedzwiecki taught foundation skills of painting and drawing at a community college and at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. In 2010, he left teaching to return to searching, studying and expressing his thoughts about the world in paint.
Gallery hours at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Fridays. Hours on Saturdays vary; contact Tyler Art Gallery, 312-2112, for more information.