Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Embrace Open Space

 A good friend and colleague of mine, the director of a regional land conservancy, is always looking for ways to broaden public support for her organization and for open space conservation in general.  She's so creative and energetic that I get jealous of her.

Her latest outreach extravaganza was organizing an invitational multimedia, nature-themed art exhibit in cooperation with our community college.  Kali and I received an invitation to attend the opening, held on Monday evening, December 3, in the Fine Arts Center Gallery at the community college.

The event was very well-attended, with many of the artists present, as well as some of my colleagues from other land trusts in the area.  The Fine Arts Center Gallery is a very attractive, two-level space reminiscent of a renovated barn with a contemporary interior.  The college had set out a beautiful spread of hors d'oeuvres and wine on a second floor mezzanine overlooking the art displayed on the first floor.

A not so great image of the gallery space during the opening
Kali and I made a meal of the crudites and libations while we perused the artwork.  The work, in general, was of good quality, but it was also largely very conservative representational painting:  frozen streams in winter, barns with cows, woodland glades, and forest clearings.  The most interesting piece was the one pictured above, "Whirl and Twirl," a watercolor by Susannah Hart Thomer.


packrat said...

Very interesting, Scott. I've always been partial to Impressionism, so I like "Whirl and Twirl" a lot.

Carolyn H said...

I like the "whirl and twirl" art. Is it a painting, a photo? Nicely done, whichever it is.

Scott said...

Packrat and Carolyn: "Whirl and Twirl" is a watercolor. In Kali's and my opinions, it definitely was the highlight of the show. It's no wonder that the curators chose it for the cover of the program and the postcard invitation. (By the way, all the artwork was available for sale; I didn't notice the price on "Whirl and Twirl," but based on other work in the show, I'd guess it was near $2,000--it's a large image.)

robin andrea said...

Sounds like a lovely evening. Always good to go out for a good cause. "Whirl and Twirl" is a lovely painting.

Scott said...

Well, Robin Andrea, the food and libations were worth the 30-minute drive, anyway!

John Gray said...

happy christmas old bean!