Mary Silverwood: Chaco Series No. 52 2006, pastel
Ventana Fine Art, 400 Canyon Road, 1-800-746-8815 The landscapes of Barry McCuan and the architectural pastels and landscapes of Mary Silverwood (1932-2011) make up Sunlit Splendor, a vibrant exhibition of two distinctive but related visions. “Composition and color are the most important aspects of my paintings,” wrote Silverwood. “I draw upon the shades and tones of nature, but I like to exaggerate them, dramatizing the emotional exuberance that the landscape conveys to me.” McCuan’s plein-air paintings, too, are inspired by the innate beauty of nature and he works close to sunset and sunrise to capture distinctive qualities of light and color. The show opens with a 5 p.m. reception on Friday, Sept. 18.