Women’s Caucus for Art to showcase new work at Bull Run restaurant in Shirley – Lowell Sun
SHIRLEY – The Central Mass chapter. of the Women’s Caucus for Art will launch a battle of ideas and aesthetics at Shirley on March 5, playing realism against abstraction and representation against pure imagination, according to an announcement from Shirley’s Gallery Sitka, which coordinated the exhibition. .
Probably the most realistic work is by Joanne Stowell of Ashburnham, according to Sitka Gallery Founder/Owner Tamar Russell Brown.
“His oil paintings capture snapshots of reality not usually the subject of conventional art. In ‘Rust and Eggs’ a wheelbarrow is turned over and a squad of chickens dance around the accident,” she said. “In ‘Lived In’, the house is littered with pieces of the artist’s childhood. The brown sofa cushions are crushed. A black dog is lying on the ground. Comfort in this house is much more important than order. In this work, Stowell walks a fine line between the chaotic and the mundane of everyday life. Each object has its own story.
Stowell’s work uses thin, dark lines that outline and solidify major forms, according to Russell Brown.
Susan Wadsworth, of Rindge, New Hampshire, also uses dark lines in her work, she said.
“(His work) is in black ink is on a bed of colored pastel. The lines provide the energy of the piece as well as the outer contour of the shapes,” said Russell Brown. “‘Pool Pond, Early Fall’ shimmers with red, yellow and green from the peak of fall colors. ‘Devil’s Mountain, Temagami, Ontario’ also displays black accents. Yet here we also see Japanese calligraphy Carved into the stone of the cliff, branches of red pine accentuate the texture of the foreground.
Abstraction also occupies a glorious position in the photographic work of Watertown’s Ruth Nelson, she said.
In his new series of smaller canvases, Fitchburg’s CM Judge pushes shapes from his recent “Risen” series in strong bands of blue, purple and pink against a yellow background, said Russell Brown.
Shara Osgood, also from Fitchburg and the newest member of the group, moves from realism to visionary work. She visualizes lines and rays of energy projecting from her portraits and animals, she said.
This exhibition at the Bull Run Restaurant opened on March 5 and will continue until March 31.
The Bull Run is at 215 Great Road, Shirley, Mass. It is open for dinner from Wednesday to Sunday; the restaurant also serves brunch on Sundays.
For more information, visit bullrunrestaurant.com or call 978-425-4311.