“Jane & John,” an exhibit of new work by Jane Ryan and John LeBlanc, will open with a 5 to 8 p.m. reception Friday, Oct. 1 at Landing Gallery, 8 Elm St. The artists opening reception is part of Arts In Rockland’s Night AIR First Friday Art Walk.

Ryan and LeBlanc share distinctive approaches to the American realist tradition in art. Both artists are inspired by the surroundings of their lives in Maine as they respond to locations that resonate with a sense of place and home.  They are inspired by familiar locations, which are the starting points for their artwork. This is where the similarity to the realist tradition evolves into their own unique styles of artistic interpretation.

Ryan has an expressionistic bravura in her energetic and loose brushwork. Her acrylic paintings are a visual shorthand of simplified and gestured brushwork with the sum of the marks creating the painting. Each brush mark is seen as an individual stoke in its own right and also as a part of the of the overall subject of the painting. One can see her thought process with the application of her brush marks, which become abbreviations and a shorthand interpretation of the real world.

LeBlanc works in pastel and oil stick on canvas.  He likens his artwork approach to that of a jazz musician: each mark becomes a note, which helps to determine the following mark (note).  Within the loose framework of his subject matter, LeBlanc elaborates his marks into endless variations of pattern and color. His subject matter is loosely rendered and it becomes distorted into amorphous shapes by his line pattern and technique. While the subject matter is always recognizable, it does require a second look to visually understand the different areas of the artwork. His subjects are simplified into shapes of composed color and line, which have precedent over the subject.

“Jane & John” will continue through Oct. 24. Landing Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 594-4544.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.