Thursday, July 10, 2008

New work as Beacon gallery celebrates

RiverWinds Gallery at 172 Main Street in Beacon is celebrating its first five years in business by showing new work by its three owners – painter E. Virginia Donovan, and photographers Mary Ann Glass & Linda T. Hubbard. The gallery is open on Wednesdays through Mondays, from noon to 6 p.m. The exhibit runs until August 4. Above, Sunset Cedars, oil by E. Virginia Donovan.

Here is more about each of the owner/artists:

Known best for her Hudson River scenes, Linda Hubbard is taking the opportunity to highlight her love of water in images that range around the globe, from the Hudson River to Cape Cod to New Zealand, Australia and England. Whether on land, by boat or leaning out of a helicopter, Linda has a zest for capturing the many changing colors and moods of the places where land meets water.

For Mary Ann Glass, when she lived in New York City, Coney Island was her beach of choice. She would ride the subway to the end of the line, bringing along with her towel & sunscreen, her camera with black and white infrared film. She was intrigued by the juxtaposition of this classic all-American scene with the dark European imagery on many of the rides that seemed inspired by Hieronymus Bosch and old circus sideshow themes. All this has disappeared, replaced by cartoon and animation signage, so this portfolio celebrates what used to be and is no longer.

E. Virginia Donovan
continues her investigation of light and shadow in oil with her evocative, moody landscapes. “I find painting to be a great enhancement to my life,” she says. “It can be consuming yet freeing, somewhat relaxing and even sometimes frustrating. But in the process, everything else becomes distant and I can be totally inside the painting. This happens whether I am painting en plein air or in studio. Sometimes the colors get me excited; sometimes the shapes and occasionally, as in Sunset Cedars, both. I feel truly blessed that I have found this path of growth and fulfillment in my life.”

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