In Memory of Jean Elizabeth Hosmer
|December 3-28||Paintings by Karen Iglehart, Marie Welch and Karen Leveille|
Rhubarb and Leeks, watercolor by Karen Leveille
December 3-28, 2013
Reception Saturday December 14, 2-4 PM
Bermuda Water, oil painting by Karen Iglehart
Miniature oil painting by Marie Welch
Karen Leveille (10/31/1951 - 7/7/2013)
Karen Leveille of Florence, Massachusetts was a watercolorist for over 30 years. A graduate of Smith College, she studied watercolor techniques with many local painters, notably Nava Grunfeld and Lou Currin. Leveille was a self-proclaimed Francophile, and she spent part of recent years painting out of a studio in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés. She contended with plasmocytic leukemia for three years before she passed away in July 2013. She painted prolifically for the duration of her illness.
Leveille's studio watercolors are realistic, detailed and careful, with layer upon layer of translucent pigment built up to replicate the effect of light passing over and through color. The objects in her paintings glow on paper like they do in sunlight. Her plein air sketches, by contrast, are joyous and fast. Without time for carefully detailed layers, her paintings quickly capture the play of sunlight, the effect of clouds, seasonal colors, and the mood of the moment. A collection of more than 30 of Karen's paintings will be on display at the Hosmer Gallery at the Forbes Library through the month of December. The exhibit will debut Leveille's most recent paintings, colorful scenes of French open air markets, Provencal windows, and the sparkling Marne River. Leveille booked the Hosmer Gallery exhibit many months before her illness took her life, and it was her dying wish that her paintings still be displayed for the December dates. The show is curated by her loving family to honor her accomplishments as an artist.
Karen Iglehart's evocative oil and graphite paintings explore form in the landscape. She creates space and atmosphere through the use of color and the immediacy of paint and line. Karen has lived in the Southwest, the South, Nova Scotia and New England. These various climates,atmospheres and landscapes remain as memories and influence her current work. She cites her 25-year study of Shambhala Buddhism as an influence as well.
Marie Welch will show miniature landscapes, marinescapes and animal studies in oil ranging in size from 2 inches x 2 inches to 8 inches x 8 inches. As a painter she is inspired by the effect of air, light and atmosphere on her subjects.
|2014||January||Joshua Dietz||surrealistic paintings|
|Rachel Hankinson||Indian miniature fusion paintings|
|February||Loran Diehl Saito||fiber art stories|
|Tekla McInerney||3D artists' books|
|Carolyn Bessette||fiber arts|
|March||Carl Nardiello||landscape photography|
|Karen Gardner||nature photography|
|Robert Abel||silkscreen prints|
|April||Karl Knapp||lamps & oil paintings|
|Monica Vachula||oil paintings, illustration|
|Melissa Caldwell||acrylic miniature paintings|
|Marion Abrams||pysanky eggs|
|May||Northampton High School||Student Show|
|June||Wilbraham Art League||"3 Objects"|
|July||Diane Harr||gouache paintings of Italy|
|Martha Ebner||drawings, monotypes, watercolors|
|Lisa Henry||charcoal & graphite drawings|
|August||Walter Cudnohufsky||watercolor landscape paintings|
|Caren Hyde||acrylic landscape paintings|
|September||Elizabeth Lehman||oil landscape paintings|
|Anita Hunt||landscape etchings|
|Adell Donoghue||landscape drawings|
|October||Forbes Library||Treasures of Special Collections|
|November||Fred Ranaudo||photographs of China|
|Len Seeve||photographs of Vietnam and Laos|
|Bill Rowley||macro & plant photography|
|December||Joan Dix Blair||monoprints|
|Annie Bissett||woodblock prints|
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