Pulse of paper
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.