Wednesday, May 05, 2004

"First Brush of Spring" - Hoosier Salon - May 5, 2004 - 3 stars


This show, featuring works created at the New Harmony Paint-Out April 15-17, offers a taste of the season with something for varying aesthetic sensibilities. All pieces adhere to the hard-to-shake local color landscape genre because this is a plein air venture. And, simply said, this kind of work is done pretty well here and is meaningful. Stylistically, the range of execution is reasonably diverse from folkish to the downright inspired "Mumford Farm Memory" by Robert Eberle. Tranquil and moody, the space is organized with a sharp vanishing point (in the form of a path) ending with a light muddied peach color. The contrast is warm against the muddied purple and green cool tones of the tree-lined scene. Small dappled flashes of true pink pop in one small area to reveal spring. "Two Quackers" by Lynn Dunbar is a gesture-rich appealing composition. The ducks are formed from light blue and ashen shades of yellow swiped confidently and easily onto the canvas. Through May 22, 2004; 317-253-5340. -Mary Lee Pappas

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