The next Arts in the Barn exhibition at the Cushing Historical Society's barn, 17 Hathorn Point Road, features oil on canvas paintings by Brittany Gilbert and photography by Jim Nyce. The show will open with a 5 to 7 p.m. reception Friday, Aug. 19; and continue Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20 and 21, from 10 to 4 p.m.

Gilbert has always been fascinated with how light, seasons and weather affect the appearance of natural environments and the idea of space; distinct areas of space can be highlighted by strong sunlight or exaggerated by fog. As someone interested in hiking, skiing, kayaking and other outdoor activities, she enjoys learning the landscape firsthand.

“Any time spent outside allows me to observe the nuances that make each environment and situation unique,” she said. “Painting is my way of processing my environment and translating my experiences.”

Gilbert paints on-site painting to record the colors, composition and mood associated with a subject, then reflects on the most powerful of these moments and translates them into larger images in her studio.

Gilbert earned a B.A. in Studio Art at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.; during her junior year (2011), she was awarded the Beyond the Gates Grant to study plein air painting during the summer. She has painted in Italy, the Canadian Rockies and Ireland. Seeking a new landscape to paint, she moved to Colorado in 2013. Last year, she juried into the PAAC 19th Annual National Juried Fine Art Exhibition; and was included in Southwest Art magazine's "21 under 31." At the end of the year, she relocated back to New England. She is a Juried Artist member of the Wickford Art Association of North Kingstown, R.I., and the Plein Air Artists of Colorado.

Hawthorn Point Road is off Pleasant Point Road; the barn is located behind the Cushing Historical Society Meeting House.

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