Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Together Again

McGowan Fine Art announces the opening of “Together Again”, a group show featuring the work of Sally Ladd Cole, Ellen Davis, Kate Miller, Catherine Tuttle, and Clifford Smith. The show will run November 15 – December 16, with a reception taking place November 18, 5 to 7 PM. An artist's talk with Clifford Smith with take place December 8 at 5:30 PM. The reception and artist talk are both free and open to the public.

In 2000, renowned NH painter, Clifford Smith, began a weekly studio class for several women trying to reenter the world of painting, or to take their painting to a new level. The participants were Sally Ladd Cole, Ellen Davis, Kate Miller and Catherine Tuttle. The class focused on “translating living, organic forms onto a two dimensional surface,” says Smith. “They developed a better understanding of how to look at the natural world.”

The show highlights New England’s landscape and its people. From everyday occurrences, such as a morning commute on Route 93, or a disgruntled Red Sox fan, to more intimate scenes such as a hidden pond in Sanborn, NH, or a quiet marsh in Kennebunkport, ME, the distinctive characteristics of each subject is captured. Catherine Tuttle describes painting the region’s diverse landscape. “I find oil painting intriguing for the rich range of colors, values, and depth of field it can present. I find I can more fully describe the qualities of deep space, atmosphere, and the solidness of earth with oil paint.”
“Together Again” invites us to see how these different NH painters perceive the region’s unique imagery. “I really enjoyed the teaching, watching their growth and helping them to find their own voice,” says Smith. “He really is the first teacher to give me a kick in the pants and be serious about this,” says Ellen Davis. “He pushed me and gave me the confidence to put my work out there as a painter,” says Sally Ladd Cole.
A portion of all sales will be donated to the New Hampshire Food Bank.

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