by Caurie Putnam
The paintings of Hilton artist Ellie Houghtaling will make their gallery debut at the Hart Gallery 27 in Brockport from July 10 to 31, 2021.
Titled "Through Momma's Eyes," the exhibit features realistic, acrylic paintings inspired by snapshots on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"During the pandemic, like a lot of people, I spent a great deal of time on Facebook," Houghtaling said. "My children are teenagers now and I was inspired by the cute photos of friends' children and asked to paint them."
The result is a beautiful collection of large paintings mostly showing the emotions of young children doing simple things, like blowing bubbles and playing in the snow. The show also marks a bucket-list-check item for Houghtaling to have her own art exhibition.
"I spent the last fifteen years deep in motherhood," said Houghtaling, who is originally from Shortsville. "I've always known I'm an artist, but I didn't always get a lot of time to paint. My goal for 2020 was to have my first gallery show and while it got pushed back a year because of the pandemic, it still feels really good."
The opening reception for "Through Momma's Eyes" is 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 10 at the gallery, located at 27 Market Street in Brockport. For gallery hours visit Hart Gallery 27