This show has been put together from a very personal vantage point by John Walker, Confluence’s main curator. Walker has brought in artists whose work he has known and admired since running Crusader Gallery in upstate New York.
Colin Cochran, Steve Perkins, and Wendy Ide Williams have all shared a time and place with Walker that he considers important to his life as an artist and arts administrator. Their work ranges from haunting figurative paintings (Cochran’s animals and birds exist in a kind of primal ectoplasm) to Williams’ playful abstractions. Perkins was in the botanical art show earlier this season. He’ll show a plein air oil painting, one painted especially for the invitational, and the first of a new series of studies in oil.
Allen Grindle, who was also in the Albany area when Walker was there, paints in watercolor and oils, spirit-laden works of earthly creatures and sky.
The five other artists included in the Invitational are painters whose work in some cases is well known and loved locally: Caryn King will show an animal portrait; Jen Violette, who has proven to be a favorite at Confluence, is expected to show new paintings with a cloud theme.
Ann Coleman is a master pastel artist. She was both a painter and gallery owner before her gallery got swept away by Irene. She now shows her pastel still lifes, landscapes, and portraits at Southern Vermont Deerfield Gallery and with the Vermont Pastel Society.
The show also includes Shirley LeQuier’s watercolors (she’s the 90-year-old mother of Bill LeQuire, glass sculptor and Readsboro resident) and Cheri Moran, also a watercolorist, whose abstracts are constructed from floral elements.
The 2017 Painting Invitational at Confluence Gallery will run Saturday, September 16, through Saturday, October 29. There will be an artists’ reception, which is open to the public. The reception will be on Friday, September 22, from 5 to 7 pm.
Confluence is located at 7012 Main Street. Hours are Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm; Sunday from 12 to 4 pm, and by appointment. For more information email gallery@ReadsboroArts.org or call (802) 423-5600.