A single image can capture a place, a moment in time, and an experience. For the month of September, Edgewater Gallery will be celebrating the power of landscape imagery. Using both gallery locations, we will be displaying the work of a diverse group of artists whose work tells stories by capturing both elements of nature and man-made structures. These paintings and photographs highlight the beauty found in the world around us as seen through the eyes of the artist. The group exhibition Looking In, Looking Out: 2 Galleries, 6 Artists will include Kathryn Milillo, Faye Mylen, and Jim Westphalen on the Green and Steven P. Goodman, Emilie Lee, and Jill Matthews at the Falls.
Here’s what they had to say about their latest works:
Lately, I have been thinking of the phrase “simple matters” as I paint. At first I focused on the spare arrangement of geometric shapes of favorite barns and small homes, the dazzle of reflected light and the rich world of the shadows. Because I have been staying at a camp on Lake Champlain recently, I’ve been paying close attention to what is here, now, which can be especially challenging with a body of water. The complexities of Long Point’s gentle hills, with Buck and Snake Mountain in the distance, has contrasted with the simple grass foreground of the water’s edge. Still, the heart of these water paintings is found in the middle way, that elusive space of the in-between.
When I look out at our rural landscape, I see our heritage; the farms, barns and
structures that are the character of this beautiful state and the foundation that our great country was built upon. I see the generations of rural Americans that came before us and feel the connection to their toils, ambitions, accomplishments and disappointments.
May these images serve as a reminder of a simpler time and may they be an
encouragement to appreciate these structures not only for what they once where, but for what they have now become, for sadly, most will succumb to the elements and fold into the soil on which they were built upon, taking their stories with them.
With my newest body of work I have used the external world of nature as a launching pad to explore the more personal reality of emotions and imagination. These paintings are more abstract with a focus on the ties that bind us together in our common humanity.
I make all of my paintings on location while surrounded by the dynamic energy of nature. These small plein air paintings contain a wealth of information to me – when I look at them months or years later, I enter a portal back in time to the exact moment when it was made. All the sensory details come flooding back to me – the mood of the weather, who I was with, and what emotions I was experiencing.
In my recent work I am capturing the beauty of simple objects through color and light. I’m constantly editing the pieces, stripping away details in the composition and giving strength to what remains.