I am very excited to announce that my work is now showing at Sara Scneidman Gallery in Culpeper VA!   For now, stop by the Gallery to see my mixed media oil paintings for a great look in this wonderfully colorful gallery.  The paintings are a very good fit among Sara’s own creations of fine custom area carpets, watercolor paintings, pottery and so much more.  This is a very happy place.   And coming soon- late spring, my hanging wire and glass sculptures of sparkly fish will be swimming their way to her bright sunny gallery window!  Stay tuned….


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Thank you to dear friends and art collectors, Peggy Marshall and Ed Jones for sharing allowing a peek of “To the Other Side” in its elegant new setting in one of Fredericksburg, Virginia’s oldest and loveliest homes.



Transport, 6″ x 6″

I am happy to announce that my painting, “Transport” has been included in the “Mid-Atlantic New Painting, 2014”  now showing at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery of  the University of Mary Washington, in Fredericksburg, VA .    The show will be on exhibit now through Feb. 28, 2014. Gallery hours are T-F 10am – 4pm and Sat.-Sun 1-4.

“Transport” is a small work at  6’x6″ and is a layered painting of spray enamel, acrylic, metal leaf, patina, and iron oxide on woodblock.   It is from my oxidation painting series and is a study for a larger work now in progress.




“Dyer Pond” & “Thinking About Rome” at home in Maryland.

My first painting of Dyer Pond and a recent painting “Thinking About Rome”,  inspired by the ruins of Largo di Torre Argentina in Rome have a proud space among the many fine works of art in the home of a Maryland collector who has since become a dear friend.   One of the most marvelous byproducts of making and sharing art is the opportunity to meet and connect with so many wonderful people along the way.   There are few things more validating for this artist than to have someone appreciate my work enough to want to own it and see it everyday.  It is the ultimate compliment.  It is a treat to be able to see it again and in so gorgeous a setting.

“The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.”    -Marcel Duchamp

I am very pleased to have my work included in “Live in Art” Art Showcase at Amelia Square (1099 Winchester Street, Fredericksburg, VA), an invitational exhibition of fine art at it’s best- in  the beautiful setting of an actual home.   On view daily 12 to 5  through Nov. 23,  but please join the artists and home builder for an Opening Reception on Saturday, Nov. 9, 6 to 10 PM.

This is an exclusive opportunity to view and purchase original art, ceramics and furniture for the home.  Typically the public views fine art in a gallery setting. But “Live in Art”, featuring original fine art by local professional artists (including ME!)  is a rare chance to see just how the work looks in an actual home setting.    So check it out.  The house and art are a fabulously eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary.   Come see how contemporary art really does work in an traditional  setting.  Classic and elegant!


"Yesterday, Dyer" in dining room at Amelia Sqare

“Yesterday, Dyer” in dining room at Amelia Square.


"Slightly Blueish with a Chance of Red" in main floor hallway.

“Slightly Blueish with a Chance of Red” in main floor hallway.


"Torso" Series, body prints in master bedroom.

“Torso” Series, body prints in master bedroom.

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I am happy to announce that three of my paintings have been juried into “Surface Impressions”, the November show at Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts.   The opening reception will be this Friday evening, Nov. 1, from 6 to 8:30 pm at 813 Sophia St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401.

My paintings,  “The Ancient Ones”, “To the Morning”, and “The Night the Moon” will be included in the exhibition.  Come on down and have a look.  The show will be on exhibit at FCCA now through Nov. 29.  See www.fccava.org for gallery times, etc.


The Ancient Ones  24×24″

To the Morning

To the Morning   12×28″



The Night the Moon  24×24″















Thanks to all, old friends and new who came out on Saturday evening to see my work and celebrate my opening reception at Left Bank Gallery, in Wellfleet.    A good time was had by all.   The show will be on display until Sept. 6, so please come by and see this collection of Wellfleet inspired paintings.  I am in Wellfleet till then, so if you would like a personal tour, send me an email on my contact page, and include your phone # for a quick response.   Cheers!  Patte


Dear friend, artist, Johniene Papandreas at my opening.


Critiquing Wellfleet beach scene “To the Morning”

New friends discuss my paintings.

New friends discuss my paintings.

THIS is where my paintings begin! And tomorrow is when my show begins when we hang the paintings at Left Bank Gallery. Paintings will be on exhibition from tomorrow afternoon through Friday, Sept. 6.
“Wellfleet Revisited” New paintings by Patte Ormsby, Opening reception Sat. Aug. 24 6 to 8 pm. Left Bank Gallery, 25 Commercial Street, Wellfleet, MA   See you there!

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Yesterday, 40″ x 44″

Dyer, yesterday






“Wellfleet Revisited”  Paintings by Patte Ormsby at Left Bank Gallery,  Wellfleet, MA  August 24- September 6

                                                                            Opening Reception:  Aug. 24, 6 to 8 PM

To the Morning

When I close my eyes to quiet my mind, the place I find is Wellfleet. I see the dark blue starry skies of childhood summer, Newcomb Hollow nights. I feel golden sand under me, still warm from the daytime sun. I hear the water, lapping at the harbor shore, as a soft breeze cools my skin.  I am floating, weightless on the clear fresh surface of a sparkling Dyer Pond surrounded by a forest of mossy green trees and a soft blue sky. I find a treasure of smooth stones beneath my feet in a salty low tide as a deep red Duck Harbor sunset turns the warm day to misty night.  This is where my paintings begin.

I have arrived!  In Wellfleet that is, and my paintings are with me to be delivered later this week and hung on Friday afternoon.  It is soooo nice to be here!    “Let the wild rumpus begin!”


http://leftbankgallery.blogspot.comMonday, August 19, 2013

Patte Ormsby: Wellfleet Revisited

The final solo show of summer opens at Left Bank Gallery in Wellfleet on Saturday, August 24 with Patte Ormsby’s Wellfleet Revisited. The exhibit is at Left Bank’s 25 Commercial Street, Wellfleet location and begins with a reception on August 24 from 6 to 8pm.
“Few times in the history of art are as symbolically and visually compelling as that of the Italian Renaissance,” Patte says. “This continues to influence my paintings as I use elements of deep color, texture, gold leaf and pattern to present that sacred historical richness in a contemporary context. Using these elements in my paintings is my way of expressing the quiet solemnity or simmering energy of places that are sacred to me.”
Color, texture and gold leaf are where the connection to the Italian Renaissance ends. Geometric grids and repeating shapes are layered within the scenes. Layers and layers of patterns and textures, in a mix of order and chaos. Through it all lies the richness of a renaissance.
Patte uses unconventional materials with traditional techniques, applied in a contemporary way. She’s drawn to aluminum-faced fiberglass board for its reflective and uneven surface qualities. Sometimes she includes other metals: aluminum or iron, with craquelure and oxidation techniques for textural interest and an aged quality.
Building the paintings layer upon layer, Patte starts with brightly colored pattern, sprayed through screens, followed by translucent oil glazes and varnish resists for a luminosity achieved when combined with the aluminum ground.
“I top this with imitation gold leaf, a copper and zinc alloy, to create the composition,” she says. “I treat the leaf with a mild acidic solution of natural ingredients found in my kitchen, to develop a blue green patina or to melt it away entirely exposing more of the underlying shapes and colors, and enriching the layered effect.”

It is only at the very end of the process that Patte picks up a brush!

Meet Patte Ormsby at a gallery reception on August 24, from 6 to 8 pm. Left Bank Gallery, 25 Commercial Street, Wellfleet.