‘Change of Scenery’ at Camden Falls

Oct 27, 2017
Susan Graeber’s "Before Fall is Over" is an oil on canvas.

Camden — The bittersweet season of autumn reaps its small deaths in the gardens and fields, while also revealing a vibrant display of color. The final bright blaze sparks hope even as we enter the winter months to come. Camden Falls Gallery’s four featured artists reflect that new energy and passion in “Change of Scenerym” the gallery’s final show of the season.

Susan Graeber’s paintings give equal weight to the positive and negative forms created by the interplay of tree trunks and the atmospheric environment. Neil Welliver’s influence is discernible; Graeber also draws inspiration from Fairfield Porter, whose masterful use of interlocking color informs her own tight compositions of foliage.

The recent studio pieces by Kathleen Robbins explore another aspect of the natural world in chromatic flux, the autumn marsh. By melding her plein air sketches with photographic references and sense memory, she powerfully invokes the low-lying wetlands.

One of the gallery’s newest in-house artists, Charles Fenner Ball, moved east from Santa Fe. Out west, he was drawn to mountain groves of aspen; here, he focuses on birch, a closely related member of the poplar family. Instead of depicting a specific location, he often draws on memories of landscapes, which coalesce into an idealized vision.

Tireless plein air painter Stefan Pastuhov captures the low glow of autumnal light and the glitter of autumnal foliage that adorns the timberland and mountainous landscape.

Located at 5 Public Landing, Camden Falls Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This show will run until the end of the gallery season. For more information, visit camdenfallsgallery.com or call 470-7027.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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