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.
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.’”
“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 illearts.com.