Mary Sil­ver­wood: Chaco Se­ries No. 52 2006, pas­tel

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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.

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