The FLCC exhibit will include the Canandaigua artist's works spanning three decades

HOPEWELL — The works of Canandaigua artist Len Brondum will be featured in an exhibit that opens in the Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34 at Finger Lakes Community College on Thursday, March 15.

The exhibit, “The Collected Work of Len Brondum,” begins with an artist’s talk at 2 p.m., followed by a hors d’oeuvres reception from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The events are free and open to the public. The gallery is located on the first floor of the FLCC main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Hopewell.

Brondum is known for her vibrant silk canvases, though she also works in enamels and acrylics. Her show will include a mix of recent and past works, spanning some three decades. She plans to also show a sculpture she created years ago while taking a class with retired FLCC art faculty member Wayne Williams, for whom the gallery is named, along with his colleague, Thomas Insalaco.

Born in Tanzania, East Africa, Brondum said she was “exposed to the wonders of animal life as well as the fragility of nature.” At age 10, she went to boarding school in South Africa, where she would later earn a degree in nursing. She married a doctor and wound up going back to school to study fine art.

“I explored art history as well as sculpting, oil painting, figure drawing and textile design,” she said, adding that she created designs for tribal prints and commercial fabrics for a textile studio. “All of these experiences helped to foster my life-long passion and appreciation of the arts.”

The Brondums relocated to New York City in 1969, and then to Canandaigua in the early 1970s. Len became active in the Ontario County Arts Council and was part of a group of local artists who helped launch a gallery in downtown Canandaigua.

This won’t be Brondum’s first time exhibiting in FLCC’s gallery. Her works were featured years ago, before Williams retired, and, more recently, she was part of an exhibit featuring the work of arts council members.

One of Brondum’s silk works was acquired by the college and is on display in the One Stop Center at the main campus.

Now a widow, Brondum has downsized to a condo that lacks the expansive studio space she once had. She has slowed some, but still enjoys creating pieces on occasion, and relishes the opportunity to talk about her preferred mediums, enamel and silk.

“You can capture the vibrancy of color — it’s just wonderful,” she said. “I’m never bored, and I think it’s great for people to have a hobby, to be creative in any way, whether you write, sew, or anything like that.”

 

The exhibit runs through April 20. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For information, contact gallery director Barron Naegel at gallery34@flcc.edu or 585-785-1369.

 

Concert follows exhibit reception

The FLCC Spring Faculty Recital is also scheduled for Thursday, March 15, starting at 7 p.m., just after the opening reception for artist Len Brondum’s exhibit. Like the exhibit events, the recital is free and open to the public. The performance is held in the Student Center Auditorium, also on the main campus. Music faculty members David McGuire, Ines Draskovic, Geoff Smith, and Maria Gillard are among the performers who will offer original songs as well as classics, including two movements from Brahms’ “Horn Trio.” For more information, contact FLCC Community Affairs at 585-785-1623.