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October 5 to October 27, 2019
Signs of Life

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"Signs of Life" includes the functional art of Bruce Caplain; he relates that his love of hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire inspired him to create in wood. One of his favorite parts of the process has always been the finishing stages: sanding the wood meticulously to find the grains and teasing them out as vibrantly as possible.

Mandy Howe describes developing her paintings from the sketches she creates after her walks through the fields and woods near her Portsmouth home. “I paint directly and loosely onto canvas expressing my responses to a place in quick gestures, layers of paint and collage. Thanks to Aquidneck Land Trust for views protected forever.”

Michael O'Donnell paints a field of zigzag lines and looks for a hidden composition to emerge while connecting the points of the zigzags.

Brenda Wrigley Scott notes that “I have been working in the field of Decorative Arts for over 30 years, pottery and painting. I paint on canvas, board and paper. My primary subject matter is animals, companions and farm, beach and marsh birds.”


Bruce Caplain

'A Crisis in Time' clock, lit by 'Red Wine' lamp

Bruce Caplain has loved outdoor activities and being a part of nature since he was a child. He grew up hiking the White Mountains in New Hampshire and always seeing beauty in every aspect of the hike. He has been working with wood in many fashions for several decades creating everything from children’s toys to fine furniture. One of his favorite parts of the process has always been the finishing stages: sanding the wood meticulously, finding the grains and teasing them out as vibrantly as possible, and then finishing the wood to add that final touch making the grain jump out. That appreciation, combined with his love for hiking where he has the opportunity to see trees and wood in all its natural beauty has brought him to this show; finding the beauty of raw wood in so many forms.


Russula Table
A Bump in Time Clock

Mandy Howe

Deer in Field

Recently I have gone back to painting the landscapes around me. I walk every day and always take my iPhone as my camera, a small notebook and a Sharpie. I make notes and sketches as I go. I walk fast at first, and then I stand around to look at the fields and woods, composing paintings in my mind, or jotting down marks, lines and notes about how to mix specific colors etc. From these sketches and from memory I paint directly and loosely onto a canvas, expressing my responses to any given place - not aiming to represent it literally or in great detail - but in quick gestures and layers of paint. I collage and add people, birds, cows etc. to my paintings to represent in a silhouette or simple shape their presence moving through a particular field or view. Thanks to the Aquidneck Land Trust many of these fields and beautiful views will be protected forever.


Open Space
Up at the Headrace, detail

Michael O'Donnell

'Gator' Mike

When I was a kid, some abstract painters were investigating objecthood and avoiding illusionary references. I discovered that a zigzag line didn’t describe anything but itself. And I was happy enough with that. But my zigzags morphed into something else over time, incorporating disparate elements, both juxtaposed and superimposed, but each one still starts from a field of zigzag lines.


Edge of Night
Across the Great Divide, or How I Got Paint on My Crocs
Red Dwarf

Brenda Wrigley Scott

Kingfisher

I have been working in the field of Decorative Arts for over 30 years - pottery, custom interior tile, painting, constructed hand-painted screens and murals. In addition to these services, I have been painting on canvas, board and paper. My primary subject matter is animals - companion and farm - and most recently, beach and marsh birds. Paintings are on paper as pages of a sketchbook, as quick drawings done in the field and embellished in the studio.

I can also be contacted for a personalized portrait of your favorite companion animal.

I am a member of the Tiverton R.I. Arts Council, the South Coast Artists, and The Foundry Artists.


Goldfinches
Osprey Nest