Sag Harbor’s Romany Kramoris Gallery will host its 5th Annual Spring! Flowers & Fields exhibit, a group show featuring local artists’ landscapes and floral inspired paintings. Featured artists include Gayle Tudisco, Joan Tripp, Thomas Condon, Joyce Brian, Muriel Hanson Falborn, Pingree Louchheim, Linda Hansen-Redamonti, Ghilia Lipman-Wulf, Hazel Shearer Thomas Gray, Martha McAleer, Coco Pekelis, and Veronica Mezzina.
A reception for the show will be held on Saturday, May 7, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Gayle Tudisco is a plein air and photo reference artist who captures landscapes unique to the East End, water views, marshes, barns and boathouses dotting the North and South Forks. Her oils bring a unique sense of color and composition that reveal the story behind the painting.
Joan Tripp, a Sag Harbor native, studied as a teenager with French painter Madame Marec, received a BS in Music Education from Ithaca College, and a Masters in Special Education from C.W. Post. She studied with Michael Viera and Howard Rose. A fascination with space, planets, galaxies, and stardust proved the impetus to experiment with pure color to reproduce magnificent forms in the universe.
The focus of Thomas Condon’s work is the landscape of the South Fork, as well as urban landscape. Being an avid gardener, Mr. Condon also paints extraordinary powerful flowers with strong defined lines, and bold shapes close-up. He is the Georgia O’Keefe of men painters. Thomas is especially interested in the play of shadow and light in his work.
Joyce Brian is an accomplished artist and teacher and since the age of two. She’s been awarded numerous prizes. She spends summers in Italy where she has artwork on display Brescia. Her inspirations come from the landscapes and light of Italy as well as from the eastern end of Long Island.
Muriel Hanson Falborn, artist and landscape designer, has seen hundreds of gardens, parks, and homes whose scenes have inspired her by their vitality that will resonate with viewers. The natural world meets architecture and design, counteracting each other, taming wildness, providing structure and organization, rest and joy.
Pingree Louchheim has been interested in painting all her life. She portrays warm, comfortable, and homey scenes that invite you to tea-time on a beautiful Sunday afternoon; hens and their rooster enjoy feed in the sunshine; local architecture in bold flat shapes shadowed in the moonlight. Now, white, beautifully shaped mallows cover her entire canvas floating over a soft green fade-out lawn.
Linda Hansen-Redamonti grew up in the beauty of Northern California which had a far-reaching effect on her art. She went on plein air excursions in the Pacific Northwest with her grandmother, also an artist. She was overpowered by the strong enchantment with expression of character, feeling and beauty, portrayed through the manipulations of colors, interplayed with their individual compositions of pruned and clipped formal gardens.
Ghilia Lipman-Wulf, artist and writer, lives in Sag Harbor. Considered a neo-Expressionist, Ms. Lipman-Wulf’s work is mostly semi-abstract, but widely known for botanicals as well. From the canvas to furniture, ceramics, clothing, and murals, Ghilia’s unique and colorful floral designs have been widely commissioned and exhibited since the early 1980s.
Hazel Shearer Thomas Gray (1906-1999) provided an invaluable legacy in her body of work. Her main focus was on still life subjects. Spending summers in Sag Harbor, Ms. Gray studied at the Art Barge in Napeague. French impressionism was becoming a formidable influence on American art, and the French Impressionists is clearly apparent in Ms. Gray’s work. In her floral paintings, brush strokes are fluid and relaxed without strictly defined lines and hard edges. Her colors are brilliant and lush.
Martha McAleer’s view of the world is that of a moving painting, a fascination with nature and its mechanics. She adored Georgia O’Keefe’s work and was inspired to create very large and colorful florals, just large enough for the painting to consume the field of vision with lots of texture and a cool palate. She builds paintings systematically as a sculptor of architecture by layering one color, texture, and idea at a time.
Coco Pekelis’ paintings, “scribbled auras,” combine words and images to creact evocative portraits of her subjects, human and animal—her pig Albert, her donkey Emma, and a neighbor’s cow, Bertha, have sat for their portraits, which incidentally reflect her days during the Warhol era.
Veronica Mezzina makes collages on glass trays out of various scraps and colorful papers and embellishing them with anything she can find, with a sense of play and childhood wonder. She enjoys the creativity of creating not only from traditional art supplies, but from all kinds of ephemera and found objects and images. Thematically, women, in all of their varying roles, are often the subject of her work, as well as The Buddha, mandalas, and now flowers.
For more information, visit KramorisGallery.com.