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Hastings' Terrence Fine Thinks Inside the Box

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- "Art's not supposed to match the sofa," said Terrence Fine, creator of "Thinking Inside the Box."

Fine knows this saying better than most because her art is unique in a way that most could never imagine. Her gallery, Thinking Inside the Box, showcases what she calls "dimensional collages" and can currently be seen at The Living Room Gallery in New York City. Fine's solo exhibition features her recent works in mixed media and the dimensional collages.

The mixed media refers to the variety of materials that are used in the pieces of work, whether it's wood, cloth or even just items found in the street. They are dubbed dimensional collages because they're physically three dimensional pieces rather than a flat painting. Some may look at Fine's work and not know exactly what they're looking at. So what is the viewer supposed to see?

"It's up to the viewer," Fine said. "I like to design in that format. We all express ourselves differently."

She has been designing her box-inspired art for the past few years, which she describes as paintings rather than projects. The process that Fine goes through to create the abstract art is a mixture of art and craftsmanship. First she builds a box by piecing together some wood to create the shape, which gives it the depth. Then she stretches canvas over the entire box, after which certain spots are cut out and the canvas is pulled back to create those box-shaped inserts.

It wasn't always about creating dimensional collages though. Fine's focus has shifted over the years from painting large wildlife portraits to even becoming a musician for many years, but she eventually returned to where her true passion began.

"I felt myself pull back to art," she said. "It's been a lifelong pursuit."

Fine worked at that pursuit on the other side of the country for most of her life though, as she was born in Florida and then lived the majority of her life in California. She studied art on the west coast as well at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco and then later at Otis/Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles. While in California, she met her husband Alan, who is originally from Hastings, and the two moved back to the village in 2001 when he was offered a job in New York.

"I can't imagine not doing it," Fine said. "If I'm not creating something, I'm thinking about creating something."

Thinking Inside the Box  can be seen in The Living Room Gallery at Saint Peter's Church on 54th Street and Lexington Avenue in New York City. The exhibition, which runs until July 1, is described by Fine as a showcase of design, color and the exploration of surface. You can learn more about Fine and her art work at her official website .

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