Work of CNY artist to be displayed at Camden gallery

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CAMDEN — The work of artist Alice Lund has evolved over the course of several decades, beginning in New Jersey, where she grew up, moving to Colorado, and landing in Central New York before her passing.

After studying art in college then focusing on raising a family, Lund reignited her love of art after her last daughter graduated from college in 1980. Using her second love of gardening as inspiration, she started painting watercolors of flowers, gardens, and buildings. Her work during this time was loose, bright, experimental, and in some cases large.

She began displaying her paintings in local banks, town halls, inns, libraries, and annual art shows in New Jersey. In 1984, she sold her first painting for $40. To enhance her skills, she started taking art classes at the age of 63 in a community college. Over the next eight years, she would take classes every year in figure drawing, portraiture, watercolor, oils, or landscape drawing.

In 1992, as her confidence grew, Lund started entering juried art shows — one show the first year then two the next.

From 1996-1998, Lund displayed her artwork in over ten venues each year.

Several years after her husband's passing, Lund moved to Colorado to be nearer to family. Here, she found herself among a higher caliber of artists and decided to sharpen her skills — changing her medium to acrylics and seeking out college courses and workshops with local professionals artists. Family said her paintings from this period excelled by "leaps and bounds."

In 2009, Lund moved to Camden. After settling in, she picked up her brushes again to participate in the Tug Hill Paint Out in 2010. Salmon River became one of her favorite sources of inspiration. She never painted the falls, but the shores and anglers in Altmar were her preferred subjects, her family said.

As an established professional, Lund became a source for advice and guidance when Full Moon Reflections Art Gallery opened in 2014. Over the years, she enjoyed the camaraderie of the gallery's participants and supported the community it fostered in any way she could, whether by investing in the arts programming to help spark a child's interest through an art class or by baking her well known biscotti for every artists' gallery opening, her family said.

Since moving to Camden in her mid 80's, she never desired the spotlight but reveled in seeing others exhibit their work, her family shared. Since Lund's passing in December, her family wants to celebrate her as an artistic beacon for the community and to share her life through her years as a creative and caring person.

Alice Lund's artwork, featuring her evolution as an artist over the past 40 years of her life, will be on display in Full Moon Reflections Art Gallery, 80 Main Street, Camden, for the month of May. A reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, May 14 from 1-3 p.m. to celebrate her life.

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