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Smith is a self-taught painter based in Bristol. She draws from a background in textiles, years of living abroad and studying folk art from around the world. These influences are beautifully evident in her work. Smith’s paintings are rich in pattern and floral elements, and exhibit the liberty experienced by an outsider artist who plays with perspectives, dimensions and mediums freely.
Rose Umerlik, Composure, 2017
“The colors in this piece speak to what you would want in a bedroom—they are very serene, light, and airy. The bedroom should be the place where you relax, so there shouldn’t be any loud or offending colors. You want art that that clears your mind, that brings the calmness you want at the end of the day. And this is an oil painting, so you could hang it above your bed without a frame and not worry about earthquakes!”
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.”