Charles Yoder On View

“Shift” by Charles Yoder.

Sara De Luca visited Charles Yoder’s studio last year and found herself floored.

She saw tradition in the work of the local painter — who is also a teacher, writer and storyteller — harkening back to some of the most recognized nature artists: Burchfield, Katz and Welliver.

“Cloud Dancer,” by Charles Yoder.

He has an eye that “sees form and color beyond their representational status while engaging the viewer into a more abstract world of dynamic shapes and tonal variations on colors,” according to De Luca, director of Ille Arts in Amagansett.

“When I called Charlie the other day and asked him for a short paragraph on his new body of work and upcoming show at the gallery, he sent me the following:

“‘Some years ago, I stepped out into my backyard in the Northwest Woods. Above me were pines silhouetted against a clear night sky. Below were dark shadows dancing across the carpet of bright, bright moonlit snow. I was stunned to see everything I wanted in a painting, literally laid out before me. All the artwork in this show started out here and what i still see here continues to spark the new work. It is a real pleasure and privilege to exhibit this work in its hometown.’”

“Short Cut” by Charles Yoder.

“Woodwork” will open with a reception on Saturday, June 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ille Arts, located at 171 Main Street in Amagansett. The show will remain on view through July 18. For more information, please call (631) 905-9894 or visit