The featured artist at the Dorset Library in June is Barbara Rowles. The public is invited to meet Barbara at an opening reception on Saturday June 3 from 11 am to 1 pm. Refreshments will be served. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the library.
In images Barbara hopes are both powerful and precise, her artwork attempts to capture the strong yet delicate energy of flowers, the whimsical souls of farm animals, and the contrasts of the three places she calls home: all subjects that touch her heart as well as please her eye. The first among Barbara’s “places of the heart” is Quebec’s Gaspé peninsula, on the shore of which she was raised. This is a rugged, sometimes stark landscape full of majestic ocean and mountain views. Dorset, Vermont, offers long and somewhat gentler vistas of green mountains, haystack-dotted fields, and also country fairs, where she photographs farm animals to paint. Finally, she spends time in Vero Beach, Florida. The alizarin crimsons and violets that characterize Florida’s East Coast contrast with the greens she sees in the North and have already expanded her palette in exciting ways. Barbara works both in oils, which she love for the boldness and extravagant brushwork they permit, and in pastels, which offer the potential for greater detail and delicacy.