An­nual still life in­vi­ta­tional

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More than 25 clas­si­cally trained re­al­ist pain­ters will dis­play tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary still lifes in the 12th an­nual Still Life In­vi­ta­tional at Susan Pow­ell Fine Art in Madi­son, Con­necti­cut. The show, which fea­tures 75 paint­ings, high­lights ev­ery­thing from flo­rals and fruits to unique ves­sels, news­pa­pers and more. In­cluded will be works by Kathy An­der­son, Julie Beck, Kelly Birken­ruth, Todd Casey, Grace DeVito, Larry Pre­ston, Cindy Pro­cious, Carlo Russo and more.

Among the con­tem­po­rary com­po­si­tions are Beck’s Ashes and Em­bers and Birken­ruth’s Laugh­ing Limes.

Beck’s work is an ex­plo­ration of life and death. “The lantern is an ob­vi­ous sym­bol of light and life, and yet it is not lit. The bird statue sug­gests a per­ma­nence and yet the skunk fur sug­gests mor­tal­ity,” she ex­plains. “The shape of the African an­i­mal-themed plate echoes the cir­cle/cy­cle of life. Where we be­gan and where we will end. Em­bers are the be­gin­ning of a fire, while ashes are the end.”

Laugh­ing Limes, by Birken­ruth, is a paint­ing de­pict­ing a news­pa­per crum­bled up around limes. In de­scrib­ing the work, the artist says, “The bright, juicy colors of fruit al­ways make the best sub­jects for my still life paint­ings. Adding the comics al­lows me to push color even fur­ther, yet al­ways be­ing mind­ful of the val­ues and chroma of the paint­ing. The comics also of­fer the added bonus of al­low­ing my own per­sonal in­ter­pre­ta­tion to tell lit­tle sto­ries through char­ac­ters

and text. All of these things made this paint­ing a lot of fun to cre­ate.”

More tra­di­tion­ally themed art­works in­clude Pre­ston’s Porce­lain and Lemons, which shows china and lemons in a con­tem­po­rary de­sign; while Russo’s Aerie is a more tra­di­tional setup but with unique items such as birds and eggs.

Of his paint­ing, Pre­ston says, “I have used the blue wil­low china and lemons in many vari­a­tions in my paint­ings for many years. I like the blue and yel­low to­gether, the juici­ness of the lemons and the shine of the porce­lain.”

Susan Pow­ell Fine Art 679 Bos­ton Post Road

• Madi­son, CT 06443 (203) 318-0616



1 Julie Beck, Ashes and Em­bers, oil on can­vas panel, 20 x 12" 2 Larry Pre­ston, Porce­lain with Lemons, oil on panel, 12 x 16" 3 Kelly Birken­ruth, Laugh­ing Limes, oil on panel, 16 x 20" 4 Carlo Russo, Aerie, oil on linen, 22 x 24" 2


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