NORWICH, N.Y. (April 1, 2013)—NBT Bank’s Wall of Art is featuring the artwork of Jill Kraft at the bank’s Norwich Office on South Broad Street. Her work will be on display through the end of April.
Kraft, a Norwich resident, is a versatile artist who balances her work between painting and photography. Owner of The Artists’ Palette in Norwich, she has displayed her work throughout upstate New York including many local venues. Her current show includes a series of colorful photographs of cityscapes stretched on canvas. Kraft, who paints in a variety of media including oil, acrylic and mixed media, started painting landscapes before moving on to the human figure and abstract pieces. In contrast, her photographs are more traditional and realistic. She admitted she does not like to manipulate her photographs but prefers the realism she is able to achieve with her camera. “Over the years I have found a nice balance between the work I do with a paint brush and my work behind the camera,” she said.
For its Wall of Art, NBT Bank is partnering with the Chenango Arts Council to highlight the creativity of area residents. Council Executive Director Victoria Kappel said “Kraft captures the realism and beauty of her subjects in her photographs. Her vivid use of color draws you in and sets a mood that can be felt by viewers.”
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