(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – To Each Her Own, an exhibit featuring paintings by Sharon Carson, Cathy Doocy, and Debi Pendell, opens at the Eclipse Mill Gallery with an opening reception on Saturday, October 11, 2014, from 6 to 8pm, and remains on view through October 26. All three artists play with line, shape, form, color, space, contrast, and pattern to create their abstracted landscapes.
The works of these three artists look very different from one another: Carson’s bold blocks of color; Doocy’s thin washes and drips; Pendell’s sharp black symbols collaged onto loosely painted backgrounds. All are based on landscape, but none of them are landscape paintings in the traditional sense. None are totally abstract, yet all are abstracted. Sky, ground, trees, and clouds can be identified, but none are realistically depicted. That is not the interest of any of these three artists.
Although appearing so different in final form, the landscapes by Carson, Doocy and Pendell have a common impetus. All three artists love playing with the basic elements of art: line, shape, form, color, space, contrast, pattern, etc. That these elements create landscape is quite entirely secondary. Landscape serves them as an excuse to play around with drawing, painting, and collaging and a starting point to create a personal, idiosyncratic expression.
It is both the similarities and the differences in their work that sparked the idea for this exhibit. Sharon Carson and Debi Pendell live at the Eclipse Mill Artist Lofts in North Adams. Cathy Doocy resides in Windsor, Conn. Pendell and Doocy met while they were both working on their Masters degrees at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. All three are members of NAACO Gallery in North Adams.
Gallery hours are noon-6 pm. Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day. Other times by appointment. Call Debi at 413-346-3362 or Sharon at 413-664-8085. At Eclipse Mill Artist Lofts, 243 Union St. (Route 2), North Adams, MA.