Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Paul Goodnow at Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville

Landscapes by the late Paul Goodnow of Lincoln, Rhode Island, are featured in the Middle Room of Bryan Memorial Gallery through Labor Day. A native Rhode Islander, Goodnow died unexpectedly in January at the age of 53. For this exhibition, his family and artist friends put together a selection of Goodnow's work, representing places where he painted, throughout New England and on his travels. All of the work on exhibit is for sale.

In addition to being a plein air artist, Goodnow made hand-carved gold leafed frames, for himself and for other artists and clients, having studied the art of gilding with Nils Johnson in Boston.  A Goodnow frame today is often worth at auction as much as the painting it frames, and is characterized by Goodnow's elaborate carved signature on the back of the molding.

Born into a family of artists, Goodnow received instruction at Rhode Island School of Design.  He was proud of his association with many artist groups, including the Rockport Art Association, the Lyme Art Association and the North Shore Art Association.  He was also a member of Carpenter's Local 94.

As an artist and a painter of scenes in natural light, Paul Goodnow is probably best remembered for the levity he brought to any gathering, including to endless groups of artists in search of a scene in just the right light. His success in capturing what was unique about every season is apparent in this exhibition, curated for Bryan Memorial Gallery by his friend, artist Erik Minzner of Malden, Massachusetts.

Bryan Memorial Gallery is at 180 Main Street, Jeffersonville, VT, 802-644-5100.  The gallery is open daily, 11 - 5, and by appointment at other times.  A preview of the work in this exhibit is available at  There is no admission charge at Bryan Memorial Gallery.

Images: Lucca, Italy; Summer Day