Catch ‘Water Color Works’ While It Lasts

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‘Turning Fork’ by Kirsten Benfield.

Kate Rabinowitz has always loved to draw — “a source of connection to my creativity for all my life,” she explains.

But in 2013, her artistry took on new meaning, she said. When her 14-year-old daughter died, painting became her healing process.

“For the first time, I need to paint what I am feeling,” she said in a press release. “It is no longer satisfying to make a drawing or painting that shows talent or skill. From beyond all the skill, there must be a consciousness. I am patient, and unfolding into this new territory. These paintings are new, and unexplored. Something as great as the death of a child changes everything. I look at things in new ways. Anything that was familiar, now I must learn again.”

Her work will be on view as part of the group show “Water Color Works” — featuring fellow local artists Ani Antreasyan, Kirsten Benfield, Amy Conway, Barbara DiLorenzo, Lesley Obrock, Janet Rojas and Jerry Scwabe — opening with a reception on Saturday, September 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ashawagh Hall, located at 780 Springs Fireplace Road in Springs.

The media ranges from Benfield’s calligraphy-inspired watercolors that merge her native New Zealand with the East End, to acrylics and mixed media by Rojas, to sculpture by Scwabe.

“The work presented here shows how deeply I am affected by the light and color of our surroundings: the water, the woods and the open fields and all that nature’s beauty has to offer those of us lucky enough to live on Long Island’s East End,” he said in a statement. “My technique spans from a classical approach to the more dramatic, with variations in mood, formed in abstractions of color and shape. Painting, sculpture and photography have now each become an independent form of expression, but my work remains grounded in fundamentals, and my vision will always be drawn to all that is possible.”

The show will remain on view through Sunday, September 16, and a food truck night will be held on Wednesday, September 12, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. A portion of the art sales will benefit the Springs Food Pantry.

For more information, call (631) 267-6554.

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