Monday, July 8, 2013

STOWE: Painters Marc Civitarese and Susan Wahlrab at West Branch

West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe, VT is pleased to announce the opening of two solo-shows in our Upstairs at West Branch galleries for the month of July. This show features the work of two talented West Branch painters, Marc Civitarese and Susan Wahlrab.

Marc Civitarese's paintings, though based in the landscape tradition, are cerebral and visceral explorations of the relationship between man and nature. A departure from a purely realist depiction of the world, Civitarese's work moves towards a more expressive sensibility. Each painting is a memory; a reflection of the painter's observations of nature, which are reduced, distilled, and refined to the pure elements that engaged and provoked his response. Marc Civitarese attended the School of the Museum of Fine arts, Boston, and Tufts University where he earned his Master of Fine Arts. Solo exhibitions have included the Lanoue Fine Art Gallery, Boston, the William Scott Gallery in Provincetown, MA and the Circa Gallery, Minneapolis MN. Civitarese's work is included in national and international collections, including the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, Merrell Lynch, and the Coraracion Geo, Mexico City, Mexico.

Susan Wahlrab's unique approach to watercolor painting draws on her background in printmaking to build up imagery through the layering of colored washes and line work. Using archival clayboards as her painting surface, Wahlrab achieves stunningly rendered compositions, which read initially as representational paintings of natural settings. Upon closer study though, the work reveals itself to be the recognizable culmination of abstract shapes and gestures. These depictions are the result of the deft use of her medium. These paintings represent Susan’s time walking, playing and sitting in stillness in nature’s presence to investigate and be included in this understanding. After graduating with a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design and joining the Experimental Etching Studio in Boston, Wahlrab built a reputation creating many layered intaglios and monoprints that were shown and collected internationally. Teaching 2-D design, drawing and printmaking at Brown University, Framingham State College and The Maine College of Art, she eventually moved to Vermont in 1992 where she lives and works, painting full time.

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