Art Reception: Gallery in the Woods

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Reception on Oct. 6: Gallery 1: Valerie Claff watercolors; Gallery 2: Gil Perry; imaginary compositions: Gallery 3 Leonard Ragouzeos ink portraits. 45 Main St, Brattleboro

Gallery in the Woods Fall show features views of nature through the mystic eye.

Gallery 1:Valerie Claff.

Capturing changes of light and atmosphere with the wild, distant ridges and reflective, intimate marshes,Claff's watercolors are simple and Zen-like, transparent and shape-shifting. "For me, the act of painting is ritual and prayer and an invocation to the spirit of the wild places to mend the broken threads of our belonging."

Gallery2: Gil Perry. This body of work develops imaginary compositions in the fractal dimension, from macrocosm to microcosm. Perry is crafting the images by hand, with decalomania; a process pioneered in the west by surrealists like Max Ernst, long before digital imaging dominated the genre.

Gallery 3: Ongoing Leonard Ragouzeos through Nov. 1

Ragouzeos documents our mood with the veracity of a still camera, presenting the Face as metaphor.Often presented larger than the human body, vigorous ink portraits in black and white allow an intimacy of gaze with an involvement with the physicality of the painting process.By contrast, the tiny self-portraits are as if viewed in a very small mirror.


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