June 29-August 6, 2017 Woodruff’s Art Center will have on view “Portable Beaches – Local Scenes-To-Go” an exhibit of paintings of many favorite beach spots. There are eleven exhibiting artists and there is an opening and “meet-the-artists” reception being held on Thursday, June 29th from 5:30-7:30.
Old Silver Beach, Popponesset Spit, Falmouth Heights, South Cape Beach, Loop Beach, Sandy Neck, Nobska Light, and Aquinnah are just a few of the favorite beach spots that have been painted by artists who know these beaches intimately.
Beachfront property can be enjoyed year round anywhere since most of the works are in convenient transportable “suitcase sizes” ready for anyone to take home, whether local or visiting from afar. Several large pieces are also included, one being a 6 foot triptych of a curling ocean wave by Waquoit artist Patty Calkins-Martin. A collection of small artist books called “Beach Books”, also part of the exhibit, are a delightful series of mini mixed media pieces in a rich variety of mediums, techniques, materials and processes by Mashpee artist Sue Dahling Sullivan.
There are eleven artists and eleven distinct styles. Mashpee artist Betsy Payne Cook, who can be found painting at locations around Cape Cod year round, presents a collection of pastel paintings that are a reflection of all seasons; “Silvery Day” captured the solitude of Old Silver Beach on a spring day when the storm clouds looming in the distance threatened a storm as the slivers of strong light glanced off the sands of Old Silver Beach. Forestdale artist Candice Ronesi, whose realistic style is widely recognizable and collected, invites the viewer down a sandy path in her richly detailed acrylic “Dowses Beach” encompassed by wispy grasses
and a solid rock jetty to a seemingly protective bend. Falmouth artist Gunjan Laborde’s impressionist
style, quasi-abstract at times, enchants the viewer with a rainbow of energetic pastel toned waves breaking at the feet of a solitary beach walker upon purple and blue sands in her painting “Sunset Beach Walk – Chapoquoit”.
The exhibiting artists are Christine Anderson, Roger Bigg, Patty Calkins-Martin, Betsy Payne Cook, Chris O’Dell Ferguson, Gunjan Laborde, Amy Rice, Candice Ronesi, Rebecca O’Donnell, David Sigel and Sue Dahling Sullivan.
Woodruff’s Art Center hours are Monday through Saturday, 9am-5pm and Sunday 11-5. For directions and more information about Woodruff’s please visit www.woodruffsartcenter.com.