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Harmony In Nature

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Seventy paintings will be in the exhibition including local views of Madison. The landscape paintings of Ira Barkoff, Peter Bergeron, Sandy Garvin, and Dennis Sheehan reflect the beauty of nature and provide a rich, sensory experience.

Emphasizing light and atmosphere, Peter Bergeron's deeply evocative landscapes move the viewer to share a singular moment that intrigued him. Bergeron pursues the lingering glow of light at dawn and dusk, the mists of early morning, and the languid haze after a warm, summer rain on a humid day. Bergeron is a classic landscape painter inspired by the 19th century Hudson River painters such as John Kensett, Sanford Gifford and William Trost Richards.

Dennis Sheehan is trained in a classical, academic tradition. His atmospheric landscapes are peaceful and reflect the fleeting and ephemeral light cast by the setting sun or rising moon. Sheehan focuses on the transition into twilight, the breathtaking effects of early morning, sunset, moonlight, mist-laden skies, and the stillness of the moment. He is highly accomplished in the luminist and tonalist styles of the later 19th century in American art. Sheehan is a devotee of the mystical and expressive landscapes of George Inness. He is a member of the Guild of Boston Artists and the Putney Painters. His work is in major public and private collections, including the White House. Recently, Sheehan had a one man show at the Whistler House Museum in Lowell, MA.

Ira Barkoff’s landscapes are taken from his imagination. He has spent years painting from Nature. His landscapes are luminous and expressively sculptural. Barkoff’s color has great texture and his oils have a freshness and immediacy.  His harmonic landscapes represent nature with gusto. His aim is to express “not the outward appearance of things but their inward significance." In his new series, his moon paintings have a meditative calm. His ocean series are dramatic and have symphonic overlays of colors. Barkoff is represented in the New Britain Museum of Art and exhibits nationally.

Color and mood inspire Sandy Garvin's atmospheric landscapes. Rather than a detailed narrative, she strives to create a simpler response to the moment like a fleeting memory. Garvin evokes a sense of calm and reflection. Using a limited value scale for nocturne paintings, the artist creates mystery. Twinkling lights on distant Long Island evoke memorable summer evenings on Long Island Sound. Garvin has participated in many New England exhibitions including the Florence Griswold Museum and the New Britain Museum of Art.

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