"Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air." — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Join us Saturday, June 10, from 6 to 8 PM as we host an opening reception for Scituate, MA painter Kathleen Dunn. Enjoy complementary adult refreshments. Meet and greet with the artist. Socialize with other local art enthusiasts. True Grit Art Gallery is located at 38 Center St. in Middleboro, MA.
Presenting landscape as a transcendent experience, painter Kathleen Dunn exhibits oil on canvas paintings that express the spirit of a moment through color and form. Dunn enjoys working plein aire in many instances to rediscover and find inspiration in the shoreline landscape, traveling off the beaten path in search of new views and moments in the landscape.
Looking to the natural world to express the spirit of place, color is the prominent force in her paintings, defining the elements of landscape in a minimalist style. She responds to the landscape as subject by transforming the moment into a vision that goes beyond the subject, to the essence of forms and color which she compares to a transcendence of the experience into paint.
A resident of Scituate, MA with longstanding ties to the Outer Cape, Dunn is a graduate of the University of Mass. at Boston with additional study at the Mass. College of Art and Truro Center for the Arts. A recipient of grants from the Mass. Cultural Council, her paintings have been exhibited widely including the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Post Office Gallery in North Truro, Arlington Center for the Arts, Marion Art Center, the Salt Pond Visitor Center of the Cape Cod National Seashore, and Plymouth Center for the Arts.
Dunn continues to participate in artist retreats in the historic dune shacks in Provincetown to paint and contemplate nature. Recently retired from the Boston Public Library Archival Center working with Special Collections, she enjoys devoting her full time to painting, especially plein- aire with the Eastham and Hull painters.
The show will be posted online beginning Tuesday, June 13th!
On Saturday, May 13th, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm, True Grit Art Gallery will host an opening reception for ‘Solace: Recent Views’— a solo exhibit of new watercolor paintings by South Dartmouth artist Peggy Call-Conley. Peggy earned her BFA in Art Education in 1972 from Southeastern Massachusetts University. During her childhood living in Boston she was exposed to the arts. A family move to rural Middleboro gave her solace and adventures in nature. When she arrived on the South Coast for college she lived in New Bedford and the villages along the coastline. She made her home in South Dartmouth and taught art in private and public schools for 35 years.
Peggy’s artist statement reflects her process. “I paint what intrigues and surrounds me. My eye is drawn to a shadow’s shape, contrasting light or subtle color changes. The personal challenge is to convey a sense of place. While painting on location, I aim to capture compatibility with nature, including the energy which exists momentarily: stillness, tension, motion, strength, tranquility, serenity.The importance of nature is two fold for me and my work. It is my inspiration and my sanctuary. In the midst of the beauty and mystery of fields, woods, marshes and coastline, my senses are awakened. In the open air I observe the present conditions and design a composition that draws me into the scene. Focused on the activity of painting and all that entails, I am transported to a timeless place, leaving behind ordinary or stressful thoughts of the day, resulting in a relaxed state.These recent views represent the solace I feel while painting my interpretations of a scene.”
The gallery invites the public to come and meet this great local artist, view her works, and enjoy complimentary adult refreshments while socializing with other local art enthusiasts. This event is free and open to the public.
True Grit Art Gallery is located at 38 Center St in Middleboro, MA. Regular gallery hours are Tues 11-4, Wed thru Fri 10-5, and Sat 10-3.
This show will post online beginning Tues, May 16
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