Wednesday, March 18, 2009

REVIEW: ARA at City Center, Montpelier

by Theodore Hoppe

The Art Resource Association's Spring Exhibit is in full bloom at the Montpelier City Center. The exhibit features paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, and includes some pastels and photography by Central Vermont artists. Some of the standouts include two watercolors by Annette Lorraine (right). The well-executed paintings offer a fresh and creative view of Montpelier in a cubist style.

"Summer Clouds", a skillfully executed pastel by Katherina Ravenhorst-Adams serves up a personal view of the mountains from a grassy summer field. If you like story-telling, there is an ambitious piece by Jane Pincus (below). Her acrylic collage painting is a complex arrangement of images that has the power to transport the viewer to a far-off place of mystery that holds some unfolding drama.

"Nova Scotia Sunrise" is an appealing abstract photograph of reflections of the orange and yellow morning light on water by Annie Tiberio Cameron. Arlene Hanson's two photographs also have an abstract sense to them. "Leaves in a Stream" relies on bright color and movement, while "Reflections of Fall" features the stark white of birch against a shimmering red autumn background. The exhibit opened on March 7, 2009 and runs through April 3, 2009. It's also part of Montpelier's "Celebrate Spring" Art Walk which will take place on March 27, 2009 from 4-7 P.M.