Join us Saturday, May 21st from 6-8pm as we host an opening reception for 'Sky Magic '—recent works from Cape Cod artist Suzette Lebenzon. Enjoy complementary adult refreshments and socialize with other local art enthusiasts. Meet and chat with the artist about her works. This event is free and open to the public. True Grit Art Gallery is located at 38 Center St. In Middleboro, Massachusetts
Suzette Lebenzon grew up by the sea in Scituate, MA. She began painting from an early age at the tutelage of her father, and majored in fine art at college. Suzette kept a studio for most of her adult life, while also working as a nurse. Her circumstances moved her around the country, which gave her opportunities to study with a wide variety of painters. She has shown her work from Maine to California. Most recently, her solo show “Cape Dreams” hung at The Commons in Provincetown (June 2021) and she was the featured artist of “Local Color” at Scituate’s Front Street Art Gallery (August 2021). Suzette is prompted by her natural environment to make her art. The spectacles of the sun and moon, clouds, marshes, and waves, capture her fancy as subject matter. She is compelled to paint her experience of being in a place, rather than a depiction based on realism. After a victorious battle with cancer, Suzette left her nursing career to pursue a devoted full-time art practice. “Each day is to be celebrated, so I try to put that joy into my paintings,” says Lebenzon. “Optimistic Contemporary Landscape,” is how she describes her present work. Suzette makes her home and studio in Wellfleet, MA.
Living on Cape Cod, the skies, marshes, and sea, provide wondrous theater. A place never appears the same twice, as it is influenced by weather, time of day, tides, and even my own mood. I am taken with the motion and colors of clouds, the boldness of the sun, and the elegance of the moon. Tumbling waves, chaotic after a storm, are visual wonders. I watch them and record their commotion in my mind’s eye to use as reference in the studio. Driven by the need to record the feeling of being present at a particular celestial event, perhaps a moonrise over the dunes, I paint to capture my memory of the experience. Color is exaggerated or even improvised, often resulting in a dreamlike image — S. L.
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