This is the last weekend for "Common Places", a show celebrating painterly moments in everyday places. It's been terrific to welcome new artists to show in the gallery, among them Julia Morgan-Leamon. Julia's free, painterly style is really something that has to be seen in person, and savored a bit. Confident, direct brushstrokes anchor her work in realism, but also imbue her ordinary subjects with an almost spiritual overtone. Her paintings shimmer with life.
Although his home base is in Greenwich Village, Henry Buerckholtz has an affinity for capturing rural roadside America. His depictions of working farms in the Pioneer Valley (Massachusetts), Ocala (Florida), Long Island and North Carolina honor the particular characteristics of each place, yet manage to feel recognizable and familiar.
Robert Henri Lafond's vibrant pastels stand out with their direct and bold strokes. Bob is always outdoors, sketching directly from nature, on-site. He finishes the work in the studio, sometimes recombining compositional elements before completing the piece. These paintings are rooted in traditional pastel techniques, but their brilliance and directness make them something special. (and did we mention that they're surprisingly affordable? and of course, free to look, so come on by and see us!)
It's also notable that one of us is cynically scornful of "barn pictures", but finds that Bob's graphic treatment and forceful compositions lend a fresh perspective to this familiar subject mattter.