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Small works show

“I t’s sort of like 40 shades of green,” says artist Del-Bour­ree Bach with a laugh, de­scrib­ing his charm­ing acrylic Shewville Sum­mer, which will hang as part of the An­nual Hol­i­day Show at Su­san Pow­ell Fine Art. “There’s some sub­tle blues, ul­tra­ma­rine, cerulean and then there’s al­ways ti­ta­nium white,” he adds. The paint­ing fea­tures the quin­tes­sen­tial red barn sur­rounded by vi­brant green­ery, in­spired by a barn about 5 miles from the artist’s home in Mys­tic, Con­necti­cut.

More than 30 es­teemed artists will be show­cased in the ex­hi­bi­tion, which runs from De­cem­ber 1 to 29, in­clud­ing Vin­cent Giar­rano, Kathy An­der­son, Jeanne Rosier Smith, Grace DeVito and Den­nis Shee­han. The sub­ject mat­ter de­picted through­out the show is di­verse as well, from seas­capes and city scenes to flo­rals and still lifes.

“This paint­ing started as a demo for the Scotts­dale Artists’ School,” An­der­son ex­plains of how her oil Rosa Amer­i­cana ini­tially came to be. “I al­ways teach there at the end of Jan­uary with Valen­tine’s Day around the cor­ner, and I love to paint red and white color themes...I brought it home, where I fin­ished it with new roses in my stu­dio and [a] photo ref­er­ence to re­mind me of my orig­i­nal con­cept.”

Smith brings about 10 seas­capes to the show, in­clud­ing All That Glit­ters, a pas­tel de­pict­ing the minute de­tails of a small wave crash­ing into the ocean. “A seascape paint­ing should make the viewer hear, smell and feel the ocean, cap­tur­ing light and move­ment in a sin­gle im­age,” says Smith. “All That Glit­ters brings the viewer right into the wa­ter. Early morn­ing light, early in the sum­mer sea­son, glit­ters on the back waves, glows through the wave’s crest and shines on the rolling wa­ter. Sub­tle di­ag­o­nals con­vey the ocean’s con­stant mo­tion and con­verge at the crash­ing wave.”

“I’ve long ad­mired the flo­ral paint­ings of Henri Fantin-Latour. This piece was an homage to his beau­ti­ful work in the genre,” says Carlo Russo of his paint­ing White Roses and Car­na­tions. The work fea­tures rich shades of cream and ivory against a stark black back­ground. “The sub­tle of­fwhite roses and pale yel­low of the car­na­tions kept the color palette fairly sim­ple,” says Russo. “The strong light and shadow added some drama to this lit­tle piece and re­ally draws you into the com­plex forms of the blooms.”

The An­nual Hol­i­day Show will fea­ture as many as 75 new works.

Su­san Pow­ell Fine Art 679 Bos­ton Road • Madi­son, CT 06443 • (203) 318-0616 • www.su­san­pow­ellfin­eart.com

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