Pulse of pa­per

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The essence of read­ing the news­pa­per that artist Nancy Brit­tle cap­tures in her paint­ing “Read­ing the News­pa­per at the Gen­eral Lewis” brings the spirit of news­pa­per read­ing into the im­me­di­ate.

The seated wo­man hold­ing an open pa­per and ex­press­ing a com­bi­na­tion of skep­ti­cism and be­lief ex­presses that qual­ity of cer­tainty about print on pa­per, the folds in it, the way it sits on a news­stand or ar­rives in the mail and how pick­ing it up gives in­stan­ta­neous mes­sages of a col­lec­tive im­age. Is it the tan­gi­bil­ity of a news­pa­per, a kines­thetic and aes­thetic mo­ment drawing us into re­flec­tion and thought that is so ab­sorb­ing?

Three paint­ings of in­di­vid­u­als read­ing news­pa­pers are in­cluded in Ms. Brit­tle’s ex­hibit of genre paint­ings cur­rently at Mid­dle Street Gallery in Sper­ryville. Her work gives a con­text and pro­found glimpse into the rel­e­vancy to sit­ting and read­ing the pa­per and she re­lates this in an up­beat sto­ry­telling man­ner.

Brit­tle’s ex­hibit “Quiet Hours” is on view now through Oct. 22 at Mid­dle Street Gallery, 31 Main Street, Sper­ryville. Gallery hours: Fri­day-Sun­day 10 to 5. On Oct. 14 Brit­tle will give an artist talk at 3.

Artist Nancy Brit­tle’s “Read­ing the News­pa­per at the Gen­eral Lewis” con­jures the spirit of news­pa­per read­ing.

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