The Whitty Gallery
Upcoming Art Exhibit
4 the Love of Pastel
Paintings by Keith Demanche, Joelle Feldman, Lisa Regopoulos, and Jeff Ventola
Opening Reception: October 4, 6-8pm
Show Dates: October 4 - November 4
This compelling exhibit features the soft pastel work of four accomplished and award-winning New England artists. The artists invite you to celebrate their love of pastel with their landscapes, still lifes, and wildlife paintings, and will be on hand at the opening reception to meet and greet patrons and talk about their work.
The mystery of deep shadows and colorful dusk skies move Keith Demanche to capture and preserve those moemnts of change, the most fleeting time of day, the move from light to dark, known to unknown.
Joelle Feldman finds joy in subjects sharing an intensity of light and saturation of coulor, vibrancy, subtlety of form, texture, and shadow.
Lisa Regopoulos does not aim ot replicate nature, but to add her own lyrical impression of a scene by use of intuitive color choices, movement, and gestural marks to allow her personal expression to emerge.
Catching your eye from across the room, Jeff Ventola's unique vision and style incorprates bold underpaintings, intense lighting, and strong vibrant color regardless of the subject, reminding you it's OK to put your phone down and enjoy the great outdoors!
The Participating Artists
Keith Demanche works in pastel because of the connection to the medium as he paints. Applying strokes, lines and blocks of colors from hand to pigment to paper puts him into the work like no other medium. The figure in the landscape is what moves him most. He enjoys finding those moments of change and revealing the power of the suburbs to create a thin kind of magic, the illusion of safety and surety admits the chaos of the world.
“Dusk and evening light is the most inspirational time of day,” says Keith. “The mystery of deep shadows and dark skies moves me to capture the unknown. Moonlight and streetlights create their own worlds in the night and peering into those spaces always intrigues me.” His work is always looking to find that moment of clarity in the blurry rush of modern life, and celebrates the beauty of imperfection and transience even in the sometimes dreary intersections of nature and urban sprawl. His award winning work has been shown in shows across the country, from the Guild of Boston Artists, Boston to New York City to the bi-annual IAPS Convention in Albuquerque, NM. He is a Master Artist at the Newburyport Art Association.
Joelle Feldman was born and raised in Normandy, France and returns every year to visit family and friends and rediscovers the endless supply of inspiring scenes, each begging to be painted. Inspiration is also abundant in her adopted New England home, where the coast of Maine, orchards of Massachusetts and charming architecture are welcoming to any artist.
Joelle began working in watercolor over 30 years ago, and over time added pastels and oils, which have become her two media of choice for plein air and studio painting.
Each medium provides a different opportunity to capture a subject and moment. The landscapes and buildings of her native France and Maine home inspire her, as do the individual natural elements, plants, fruits and simple daily life vignettes. Light, alignment, vibrant color and simplicity catch her eye.
Joelle was selectected as one of the artists in the 2015 Artists in Residence Program (AIR) at the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA.
Lisa Regopoulos believes the excitement begins when realism meets impressionism in pastel. First impressions of the scene, life in real time, the beauty of the moment are the elements she wants to capture, often working en plein air. Lisa has a passion for working in the versatile medium of pastel, and has recently returned from teaching a plein air workshop in Umbria, Italy. She also conducts workshops and demonstrations throughout the New England Region.
Lisa is a Juried Associate of the Pastel Society of America, and has exhibited in its “Enduring Brilliance” exhibition at the National Arts Club, and is juried in again this September. She has been juried into the International Association of Pastel Societies pastel exhibitions at the Vose Gallery in Boston, the IAPS Convention in Albuquerque (2017 & 2019), and its online show. She holds signature membership in the Pastel Society of New Hampshire and the Pastel Society of Maine, and is a juried exhibitor at the Crane Art Show and Sale in Ipswich, MA. She was one of the eight pastel Artists in Residence at the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA, in 2015, and her pastel was selected as part of their permanent collection. Her work has recently been published in the book, The Scenes and Seasons of a Small New England Town, by Len Haug.
Jeff Ventola believes vision is one of the many things we take for granted. As an artist, he tries to create and capture a feeling you only experience when viewing his work. Catching your eye from across the room, this unique vision and style incorporate bold underpainting, intense lighting and strong, vibrant color regardless of subject, giving you a soft reminder that it’s ok to put your phone down and enjoy the great outdoors.
He creates space through light, which opens the landscape preventing you from feeling claustrophobic, yet keeping it intimate which is imperative for you to feel like you’ve found that special location where we all need to escape from time to time.
Jeff is a nationally recognized award-winning artist from New Hampshire who has been painting for approximately 10 years. He is a member of the Newburyport Art Association and enjoys painting plein air along the beautiful New England coast we are so lucky to have!
The Whitty Gallery is located in the Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center, 30 Ash Street, Hollis, NH.
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