Arts at Adair
Artists' Unique Relationship with Their Environs Explored in Signs of Life
Signs of Life, the newest exhibit in the Arts at Adair Series, features the landscapes of oil painter Elaine Farmer, images of life in the North Country of New Hampshire by photographer Douglas Weisman and handcrafted jewelry by metalsmith Lucy Golden.
The exhibition is on view at the Gallery at WREN in downtown Bethlehem through October 29. Select paintings by Farmer and photographs by Weisman are on display in the Inn's spacious parlor and the public is invited to visit and enjoy the creative work that celebrates the artists' unique relationship with the world around them.
About the Artists
Painter Elaine Farmer has always experienced a deep connection to the natural world and enjoys taking part in translating nature's magnificence to canvas.
Landscapes have been her passion for as long as she can remember. "The earth's shapes, textures, and lighting offer an endless source of subjects and challenges," she says.
Elaine's current body of work focuses on quiet landscapes near home and far beyond. Painting en plein air as often as possible, she blends traditional realism with a contemporary impressionistic feeling capturing the essence of her inspiration.
As a photographer Douglas Weisman tends to visualize the world around him in individual images.
"I compose frames in my head wherever I go," says Douglas, "evaluating light, shadow, and contrast. Our natural world is changing all the time and through my lens I've tried to capture a moment in time, allowing the viewer to get really close to observe the textures, the intricacies, and wonder that one could so easily miss."
Douglas's recent work features slices of life from the 150th Lancaster Fair paired with still moments from his daily walks, which together present a feeling of life in New Hampshire's North Country.
"I am fascinated by the vast variety of life forms that surrounds us," says metalsmith Lucy Golden.
"It is miraculous that a random pile of recycled atoms can achieve order and then incorporate an energy that enables it to function in a species-specific manner. And this then goes multiple steps further, allowing individual life forms to thrive and interact, and to have distinct places in communities and ultimately in an interconnected web of ecosystems that comprise the tangled yet ordered, lovely mess which is life on Earth."
Lucy's work is inspired by this fascination, and by the varying ways organisms leave evidence of their lives, from ancient petroglyphs to egg shells resting in the grass beneath a nest.
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