Monday, November 23, 2009

Final Week for Autumnal Tints Exhibition

This week of Thanksgiving is the final week of the Autumnal Tints exhibition. If you haven't yet taken time to see it, this week is a good time. The exhibition shows various aspects of the beautiful season of autumn through many different artistic media - painting, abstract photography, ceramic, photomontage, mixed media, and sculpture - and through the vision and viewpoint of many different artists. There are stunning paintings and photographs of autumn foliage (look at work by Linda Pearlman Karlsberg and Ron Pederson); abstract photographs that capture autumn's finest colors (John R. Math, Daniel Sroka, and Peter Azrak); a charming photograph of a country pumpkin patch (Cella Neapolitan); photomontage work and mixed media pieces that show different interpretations of autumnal tints (Lee Muslin and Kathy Winstead); and so much more.

I spend a great deal of time with the pieces in each of my gallery's exhibitions. I look at them over and over again, both before the exhibition opens and after. I spend time thinking about each piece as well as the exhibition as a whole. Each exhibition gives me the opportunity to focus on its theme...in a personal way. I wanted to do the Autumnal Tints exhibition for two reasons. First, I enjoy autumn so much, as I've talked about in a previous entry, and, second, I like Henry David Thoreau's essay entitled Autumnal Tints. Given this background, I developed this theme for the Autumnal Tints exhibition:
"I believe that all leaves, even grasses and mosses, acquire brighter colors just before their fall. When you come to observe faithfully the changes of each humblest plant, you find that each has, sooner or later, its peculiar autumnal tint." --Henry David Thoreau, Autumnal Tints

This exhibition, though, is not solely about a time of year. It is about color...the plush, sometimes fiery, sometimes soothing and subtle, colors of autumn.
But the exhibition that started out being about tints and color took on a new cast over the course of the exhibition. The more time I spent with this exhibition and these art works and the more I thought about and pondered the topic of autumn, the more my thoughts moved on a bit. These beautiful and colorful images that represent my favorite season of the year began to make me think about change and impermanence. The colors that we enjoy in the late months of the year are perhaps a reminder to us that change is part of our reality. Everything and all of us will "sooner or later, [take on] its peculiar autumnal tint." Here in the northeast, many of us look forward to the pleasant days of autumn. We try to soak up as much of the goodness of autumn as we can, in part because we know that autumn will soon end, and we will have a long wait until the warm days of spring bring forth regeneration. So while we enjoy the colors for their brilliance and beauty, autumn is also a special season - positioned as it is between summer and winter - because it reminds us every year that while no one escapes change, change does come with brighter colors and beautiful tints.

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Christine Brooks Cote
Still Point Art Gallery
November 24, 2009

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