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Five women artists

This Novem­ber, J.M. Stringer Gallery of Fine Art in Vero Beach, Florida, will host its sea­son open­ing ex­hi­bi­tion, Spot­light on Amer­i­can Women Artists, fea­tur­ing five artists from its ros­ter. Each artist—Stephanie Amato, Cathy Fer­rel, Mary Gar­rish, Joy Jack­son and Clau­dia Sey­mour—will dis­play new paint­ings that high­light their in­di­vid­ual in­spi­ra­tions and styles.

“I chose an all-fe­male cast be­cause I want view­ers to con­tem­plate their unique, ex­cep­tional and thought­ful han­dling of paint as they ex­plore their sub­jects,” says gallery owner John M. Stringer, who will present the show from Novem­ber 1 to 24. “To­gether, they prompt beau­ti­ful ques­tions of how tra­di­tional, rep­re­sen­ta­tional oil pain­ters in­ter­pret their sur­round­ings. In­di­vid­u­ally, they con­vey how their per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences as women af­fect their in­ter­pre­ta­tion of those same sur­round­ings, sub­jects and scenes.”

Among the pieces in the show is Gar­rish’s marsh paint­ing Dif­fused Light. “This was an in­spi­ra­tion from a mid­day plein air paint­ing where the light was dif­fused from a cloud bank,” she says. “It fil­tered down over the wa­ter in the marsh and was mes­mer­iz­ing.”

Amato also fo­cuses on the land­scape with works such as Sa­van­nah Glow and the beach scene A Peace­ful Mo­ment, which also has a fig­u­ra­tive slant. Of the first paint­ing, she says, “The light and color re­flect­ing in the wa­ter be­came more dra­matic as the sun rose along the Ver­non River in Sa­van­nah. I had to work fast and di­rect to cap­ture this fleet­ing mo­ment.” For A Peace­ful Mo­ment, Amatoset up her easel and sketched in the sin­gle fig­ure en­joy­ing “the peace­ful­ness and the glis­ten­ing shore­line.”

Sey­mour’s still life paint­ings also will be on view, in­clud­ing Ta­pes­try, which com­bines fab­rics, flow­ers and fruit. In de­scrib­ing the piece, she says, “I had an Ana­to­lian-in­spired ta­pes­try that I wanted to paint, but it was very com­pli­cated. I sim­pli­fied the throw’s de­sign and dulled back the colors, as I wanted the Turk­ish throw to sit well be­hind the vi­brant pop­pies and pears.”

The gallery will host a three-day open­ing re­cep­tion, with the gallery open Novem­ber 1 from 4 to 8 p.m., and Novem­ber 2 and 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There also will be artist demon­stra­tions in the gallery on the sec­ond two days.


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