Thursday, October 11, 2012

MIDDLEBURY: Fleeting Moments/Stolen Glances by S.P. Goodman at The Jackson Gallery

Artist’s Reception: 
Friday, October 12, 2012, 5-7 pm
The Jackson Gallery at Town Hall Theater
On Exhibit through November 11, 2012

“There are two men inside the artist, the poet and the craftsman. One is born a poet. One becomes a craftsman.” — Émile Zola

Italy: View from a train, oil on canvas, 12"x12"
Bike path along the Chambly Canal, acrylic on canvas, 8"x8"
Steven Goodman’s small scale landscape paintings demonstrate his mastery of technique with deftly placed brush strokes and spot-on color choices. The exhibit features these and larger works including some of Goodman’s digital prints. Goodman started his art career as a painter over 30 years ago, after receiving his B.A. at UVM and then studying at L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in France and Parsons School of Design in New York. Then in 1990 he put away his brushes and began concentrating solely on digital imagery. Using the computer as a tool, he attempted to express his political, spiritual, and humanistic concerns. Inspiration ranged from a particular moment in his life to an event taking place on the world stage.

A few years ago he felt the impulse to challenge himself by painting again, and began doing small landscapes and still lifes. He soon discovered the daily painting movement where artists produce a small painting each day and post it on their website. He states that “while I never attempted to create seven paintings a week I did benefit from the discipline of painting on a frequent basis. By working small, I was able to take risks that I might not have taken with larger pieces. My overarching goal while creating these small pieces has been to become a better craftsman without diminishing the poetry. The title of the show comes from the fact I am not attempting to record an exact representation of a particular landscape. It is the lingering impression, the fleeting memory, that I want to capture and hold onto as our lives speed by in time and space.”

Goodman has exhibited widely in Vermont and teaches painting technique in the Burlington area. The exhibition will be on display through November 11, with a reception for the artist during Middlebury’s ArtsWalk from 5 – 7 pm, Friday, October 12.

Gallery hours are noon to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday, and for an hour before each Town Hall Theater performance.

The Jackson Gallery at Town Hall Theater
68 South Pleasant Street

Middlebury, Vt.
(802) 382-9222

Steven P. Goodman

Italy: View from a train, oil on canvas, 12"x12"
Bike path along the Chambly Canal, acrylic on canvas, 8"x8"