‘Embracing Winter Blues’

WINDHAM — On Jan. 11, from 5-7 p.m., Windham Fine Arts will host the opening reception for its newest exhibition, “Embracing Winter Blues,” which will explore all the ranges and emotions of the color blue in a diverse group show featuring new and old artists alike.

From vivid navy hues to bright robin’s egg, this popular and timely color palette will grace the walls in all genres, from impressionism and abstraction to realism and everything in between. Whether the color evokes a sense of calm or inspires a steadfast stability in your impression, you will regardless experience first hand why this classic hue was recently named the 2020 color of the year.

Evocative skyscapes and serene winter scenes will both display the varied hues of this soothing primary color, from well-known artists near and far. Mara Lehmann’s soft and ethereal winter scenes alongside the pristine and precise strokes of Anne Johann’s brush will bring the viewer through a spectrum of tones and feelings, while newcomer to the gallery, Ken Salaz, will thrill with his vivid and hyper-realistic visions of broad star-studded skies and sweeping crepuscular vistas.

Opposite but not at odds with these moving and serene pieces, the works of Gina Blickenstaff will delight and inspire with her whimsical and fantastical landscapes and still life works, the large scale and loose interpretation inviting the viewer in, through and around a unique and wondrous world inspired by emotion and color more than direct representation. The abstract and organic print work of gallery favorite Nancy Previs will draw the viewer even further into the tonal spectrum of this calming color palette, where shapes and shadows morph and shift in a multi-layered play of ink and texture. Bridging the gap, new work by Kim Do, well-known landscape artist of the Hudson Valley and beyond, will display new works of the local region, his vivid colors a masterful play of warm and cool versions of the same base color.

Regardless of where your own preference falls on this spectrum, the color blue will inspire in a multitude of ways. Visit the gallery on Jan. 11 for an adventure in “Embracing Winter Blues” and see for yourself how this soothing and classic color can lend peace and serenity to your own living space and gain a deeper understanding of why this particular shade of the color wheel is so renowned for its healing, restorative and calming reputation.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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