“15 Variations: One Photograph, 15 Paintings” Exhibit

The Trippe Gallery will be opening a particularly unique exhibition on July 15. “15 Variations: One Photograph, 15 Paintings” will feature the work of 15 gallery artists. The idea for the exhibition developed from gallery owner and fine art photographer Nanny Trippe’s post on social media of a photograph of the high tide, sky full of clouds and Tred Avon River after a significant storm.

Gallery artist Cynthia Rosen commented it would make a great painting. It spawned a call to the gallery plein air painters, current competitors, and alumnae Plein Air Easton artists, to paint their variation of the photograph. No guidance, no rules, paint at will. The resulting 15 paintings show an incredible diversity of interpretation, style and vision. Some are quite realistic, some impressionistic, one a nocturne, one abstract, several have other features added.

The 15 artists participating in the exercise are Jill Basham; Beth Bathe; Kyle Buckland; David Csont; Stephen Griffin; Stephen Haynes; Charlie Hunter; Len Mizerek; Elise Phillips; Crista Pisano; Cynthia Rosen; John Brandon Sills; Nancy Tankersley; Mary Veiga; and Paula Waterman. Each of these 15 artists has an individual style quite unlike the others.

“After the Storm,” by Nanny Trippe
“Sailing the Tide,” by Elise Phillips

The goal of Jill Basham is to try and get the emotion of the scene across to the viewer by matching the mood of the scene with her brushwork, color palette and value/temperature range. Beth Bathe’s representational paintings have been described by critics as evoking nostalgia, like that of an old sepia toned photograph, often with just touches of color. The style of painting of Kyle Buckland is deeply rooted in the fundamental philosophies regarding Impressionism and is as unique as his subject matter is inviting. Watercolor has been a passion of David Csont and he has developed a colorful painterly approach rooted in the tradition of English watercolorists. The distinctive landscapes of Stephen Griffin capture the revelation of light and color set up by the screens of atmosphere caused by the high humidity of Maryland summers. The work of oil painter Stephen Haynes displays the use of vibrant oil colors, mixed on the canvas, to convey light, shadow and form through thick impasto brushwork, evoking movement and abstract qualities.

“Color gets the credit, but value does the work,” is a direct quote from artist Charlie Hunter whose style stands out by simplifying forms and emphasizing composition.

A colorful, luminous landscape of expressive brushwork will be seen in the piece by Len Mizerek. In Len’s words, “Light alters the color of all objects and touches those nearby. It sets a mood and evokes emotion.” Regarded for capturing the light, feel and atmosphere in her paintings, Elise Phillips is well known as an accomplished artist. Through her paintings, she engages the viewer to see the beauty that surrounds them. A special treat will be a variation by Crista Pisano who paints landscapes mostly en plein air as well as in her studio in Nyack, New York, and is known for painting on a small scale. Renown for her palette knife paintings and, in particular, her colorful landscapes, Cynthia Rosen has achieved note for her modern take and interpretation of sights seen resulting in her creative and original art. The variation by John Brandon Sills emphasizes those aspects of nature that create an awareness of the environment. Toward this end, his landscapes exhibit the sensitivity that urges the viewer to appreciate and recognize the spiritual aspects of the Earth and actively participate in its protection and preservation. As she searches for the unpredictable, artist Nancy Tankersley moves between landscape, figures and still life. Incorporating non-traditional tools, supports and technologies for her paintings, she remains faithful to her impressionistic style. A soft impressionistic style will be reflected in the variation by Mary Veiga. Her landscapes are perhaps best described as a study of the various means light peaks between the leaves of trees, casts itself across expansive views, and reserves itself in quieter, more reflective moments. Rounding out this A-list of artists is avian artist extraordinaire, Paula Waterman, whose realistic landscapes incorporate a beautiful rendering of a heron, snowy egret, song bird or the fox that frequent her back yard.

This is an exhibition not to be missed for its intriguing theme and variety of artistic styles. There will be an opening reception and meet and greet with the artists from 5 to 8 p.m. on July 15. The Trippe Gallery is located at 23 North Harrison Street in the heart of historic Easton. For more information, call 410-310-8727.

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