For Immediate Release
October 2021

Colleen Franca

Seen and Remembered

October 5 – 30 2021

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 7, 5- 8 PM

Gallery Talk: Saturday, October 30th, 3:30 PM

New York, NY, October 5, 2021- The Bowery Gallery is pleased to present “Seen and Remembered” an upcoming exhibition featuring work by Colleen Franca, from October 5 through October 30. The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, is Thursday, October 7, from 5 to 8 PM at the Bowery Gallery, 547 W 27th Street in New York.

Works featured in the artist’s first solo exhibit include recent plein air paintings from Maine, Long Island, Florida, Portugal and Italy where she was an artist-in residence as well as Brooklyn where she resides. Also included are still lives, interiors and portraits of family. Franca prefers to work in small scale which lends an added intimacy to her work. Her mediums are oil on canvas and gouache on paper.

Franca explains, “As a perceptual painter I aim to achieve a sense of naturalism and am drawn to patterns of light, form, space and nuanced color. My landscapes focus on capturing a sense of place and relationship. As a plein air painter, it is always the light that I remember most, it’s what draws me in and keeps me searching for things that are not immediately obvious. My portraits are concerned with portraying the “essence” of a person’s spirit as I struggle for a likeness. I am striving to see things simply, to create a quiet harmony so I can focus on what lies underneath all the complexity.”

On October 30 she will be in conversation at the gallery with fellow artist Rita Baragona to discuss the relationship between perception and memory which play a role in the artists process of painting as suggested in the show’s title.

Franca’s paintings have appeared in group shows at Gallery North and BCK Fine Arts, Long Island and Westbeth Gallery, Blue Mountain and Bowery Gallery, New York City. She is a recent recipient of a City Artist Corps Grant administered by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA).

View of works in the exhibition here.

Gallery hours are 11am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, please contact the gallery at 646-230-6655 or