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Anaïs Nin once wrote, “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
And that is how I would introduce the paintings of Vermont-born Maine artist Anna Dibble on view now at Northern Daughters Gallery in Vergennes. Dibble writes of her new collection, “A Crossing Place.”
“This current series began at a crossing place. The paintings grow from the confluence of a good life that ended in grief, and a new uncertain one I’m constructing, mostly winging, as I move forward towards the end.”
The Vergennes gallery Northern Daughters this week puts up a summer show that features the work of Anne Cady, Julia Jensen and Jessica Smith, three artists who use familiar landscapes as an entrance point to creating art, but otherwise have very little else in common. “Blades Will Sprout,” the title of the show, will be on view at the gallery’s 221 Main St. location from June 14 through July 29. There will be an opening reception on June 22 from 5-8 p.m.
Anne Cady’s distinctive oil paintings are inspired by the Vermont countryside that surrounds her ("Someday to Return," pictured, right). Her paintings are playful and bold, full of vibrant color and spirit.
Eight canvases by the Brooklyn painter, who is represented by New York City's Anna Zorina Gallery, hang on the gallery walls. They range in size from the 24-by-20-inch "Small Fight (Warm Embrace)" to the five-foot-square exhibition namesake, "The Strong and the Weak." Most of Shoemaker's works contain an archetypal struggle, generally between human and beast. He renders his oils with a watery texture; the scenes appear plucked from a particularly pretty, if fuzzy, version of the collective unconscious.
“See You at the Lake” is a solo exhibit of new work from Anne Cady.
Cady is best known for her lyrical Vermont landscape paintings. Her work is characterized by luminous saturated color, simplified forms and strongly contrasting values depicting the open pastures, farms, hills and mountains of the Champlain valley. This show marks a departure from landscapes, shifting the focus to boats. Cady says “It has been a long time coming, 25 years in fact. I imagine for every painter there is an early painting that says, ‘Yes. You can do this. Go for it.’ The painting that gave me the go ahead to become a full time painter was one of rowboats by a dock. I have spent 25 years painting landscapes always knowing I would go back to boats.”
“Suspended Moments” a solo exhibit of new abstract oil paintings from Cameron Schmitz.
“Suspended Moments” features new abstract paintings with Schmitz’s dynamic brushwork and a lush color palette that already has us feeling the excitement of spring’s unfolding. “I use mark-making to express the constantly moving, changing, and morphing of life and nature, leaving observers certain that they are witnessing merely a fleeting moment in time.”
“Grace Mellow: Not For Show” features a selection of Mellow’s more experimental figurative drawings.
The work was created in New York City. Mellow uses gouache and pastel, plays with line weight and blocks of color to capture what feel like intimate and passing moments. “These drawings were never intended to be shown,” says Mellow. She describes this body of work as “visual amusements, inspired by the burlesque and cabaret performers who sat for them–quirky individuals with a rare joie de vivre and a talent for remaining motionless for 20 minutes at a time.”
Group shows featuring miniature delights continue to abound this holiday season, with the latest display of brilliance coming to us from Vergennes, Vermont. Whose works can you expect to see?
Have you finished your holiday shopping for that special art collector and connoisseur in your life? If not, Northern Daughters Gallery in Vergennes, Vermont, is currently showing a range of outstanding works in miniature that will both brighten your day and make your holiday gift list shorter.