Saturday, May 25, 2013

STOWE: Helen Shulman paintings & Karen Petersen sculpture at West Branch Gallery

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 25, 2013, 6-8:30 p.m.

West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park Invites You to an Opening Reception for
An opening reception for Helen Shulman & Karen Petersen
  Please join us

 Saturday, May 25th from 6 - 8:30pm

for an exhibition of new works by
Helen Shulman and Karen Petersen

Helen Shulman's approach to painting is two fold, she describes building a painting as being similar to an architectural structure- starting from the inside and working out. Developing a relationship with a painting though, starts from the outside and works in. The magic happens when these two things intersect. With titles like, "Take a Left at the First Light, You Can't Miss It", or "Your Journey will be Satisfying in Unexpected Ways", the works featured in Love Songs speak directly to the feeling of setting out on a journey with no known destination; exhilarating and so full of anticipation. 
A perfect metaphor for the process of creation Shulman experiences with each painting.

Karen Petersen describes herself as a sculptor of organic forms. The motive is always to create a solid shape of emotional consequence in space. Petersen's cast bronze figures, animals and flowers all begin in the same way; shaped by her hands in clay, imbued with a quiet, contemplative love as she creates each form. The resulting sculptures capture the grace and energy of the spirits they represent.

Spirit into Form brings together Petersen's vast body of work, including life size cast bronze horses, "Stallion" and "Lady". "Kenya" an African antelope stretches tall in the gallery, and shares the space with smaller sculptures of flowers, buds and seeds to propagate her own spring at West Branch gallery.

A gallery talk will be given by Meg Brazill, writer for Art New England. 
Music will be provided by Ira Friedman Trio, and catering will be provided by Susanna's Catering.
West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park