River Gallery re­cep­tion hon­ors artists Swana­gin, Ep­ton

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River Gallery will honor its fea­tured artists for the month of Septem­ber with an open­ing re­cep­tion on Fri­day, Sept. 7, at 5:30 p.m.

Artists Peggy Ep­ton and David Swana­gin will be at the gallery, 400 E. Sec­ond St., to meet guests and an­swer ques­tions about their work.

Swana­gin is a self­taught oil pain­ter spe­cial­iz­ing in land­scapes and in­te­ri­ors. He be­gan paint­ing at 12, when his fo­cus on de­tail and re­al­ity formed the ground­work for more spon­ta­neous work. His art­work now ranges from rep­re­sen­ta­tional to im­pres­sion­is­tic.

He works in oils on ma­sonite board, or wood pan­els, cov­ers the panel in gesso to give tex­ture and then be­gins to paint. He spe­cial­izes in the “gallery wrap” style, where the painted image ex­tends to the edges of the board and over onto the sides, al­low­ing the paint­ing to be hung with­out fram­ing.

Ep­ton’s medium is fab­ric and thread. Rich col­ors, fine de­tails and visual depth are hallmarks of her work. From a dis­tance, her work re­sem­bles a paint­ing, but on closer ex­am­i­na­tion, view­ers will ob­serve lay­ers of fab­ric, tex­ture and in­tri­cate stitch­ing. Ev­ery cre­ation is orig­i­nal in de­sign and a one-of-a-kind keep­sake. No pat­terns, programmed stitches or pen­cil marks are ap­plied. Even cut­ting is done free­hand.

River Gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon­day-Satur­day, 1-5 p.m. Sun­days.

For more in­for­ma­tion: 1-800-374-2923.

“Dis­tant Smok­ies” by David Swana­gin.

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“Mag­i­cal Cat­tails” is a 15-inch by 12-inch tex­tile by Peggy Ep­ton.

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