Barbara Groot grew up in Southern California, where the sunlight illuminated her landscape and canvases.
Today, the artist lives and works in East Hampton, where she finds the light equally energizing, fueling the elegance in her long, sweeping line work — an artistic score of emotional lightness and spatial freedom, now on view as part of a group show at Romany Kramoris Gallery, located at 41 Main Street in Sag Harbor.
Joining her compositions are the faces, figures and abstracts of Christopher Engel, who invites his viewers to “enter their subconscious and allow his images to reveal themselves to their conscious mind,” according to a press release.
“Continuing to embrace his Jungian philosophy, Engel incorporates archetypal images of the collective unconscious via the use of mythical, mystical and dreamlike images in his figures and faces,” the release said. “His abstract paintings trace ancient patterns, allowing the viewer to journey through a door to our primordial beginnings, where alchemy plays a role in the metamorphosis of random but recognizable shapes into powerful symbols.”
Since moving to Shelter Island, Kelly Nelson has dedicated more time to what she has always loved, which is to paint, while New York artist Franklin Engel’s very inspiration was the change his scenery itself.
“From the very first moment I crossed the bridge over the Shinnecock Canal and entered the Eastern End of Long Island and on to Montauk, I knew I had made a very special connection,” the artist said in a statement. “I experienced a new creative energy that I had to capture. I had to capture the people and the beauty of these special places, including Sag Harbor, Springs, Amagansett, East Hampton and Montauk. But it all began when I crossed that bridge at Shinnecock Canal.”
Diana Malcolmson spent her childhood in the heart of the English countryside, riding horses by age 4 and chasing hounds by age 6. She came to the United States in 1967, studying painting at the National Academy in New York and at the Art Students League before attending the Southampton campus of Long Island University.
As an artist living in Noyac, Heidi Rain is ever absorbing the beauty of the waters that surround her, inspired by the strength and steadfastness of the trees, and responding through photography, watercolor and ink, pastel, charcoal, and fabric. Alan Nevins often finds himself in nature, too, a master photographer who has increasingly imposed or coaxed his personal vision out of his surroundings.
“He treats photography like going to the beach. It’s not enough just to be there, and take a photo, but back in his studio he has to make waves and splash around,” Kramoris said in a statement. “Those unfamiliar with Nevins’ work will see a master’s personal vision bring something genuinely new to an ancient theme.”
A reception will be held Saturday, June 1, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and the show will remain on view through Thursday, June 13. For more information, call (631) 725-2499 or visit kramorisgallery.com.