Source: Gallery A3
Gallery A3, 28 Main Street, announces a new exhibit of paintings by Evelyn Pye. The exhibit runs from July 8 – July 30 with an opening reception on July 7 from 5-8 p.m. The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from 3-8 p.m. There will be a free, online art forum (see below) on Thursday July 21 at 7:30 p.m. Register at www.gallerya3.com
Evelyn Pye surrounds the viewer with large, medium, and small-scale landscapes, ranging from six feet to six inches, in oil on linen, canvas, or wood. The art of PAINTING, for Pye, is an immersive, interactive process as much as a final product. Three large paintings, each approximately four by six feet, look right into the water (or snow) of Pye’s home pond, showing the round of the year in winter, summer, and spring. As she works with the physical materiality of the paint, Pye brings us to look closely: the pattern of the water becomes abstract while remaining a depiction of the pond with its reflections and shadows. A kind of double vision.
“Something catches my eye, and I begin my painting,” the artist explains. “At a certain point I am no longer looking at what I was observing. The painting has taken over, and I am responding to it and its requirements.”
Earlier in her career, Pye created public sculpture that viewers could enter. The feeling of being inside the art has always been important to her. With the installation of her current show, she aims to surround the viewer with the visual rhythm and flow of the paintings.
“This show creates a sense of surround,” she says. “Paintings encircle the viewer on three sides with color, rhythm, and motion. Your eye travels within the painting and around the sweep that the paintings make together.”
Art Forum Online
In an Art Forum Online on Thursday, July 21 at 7:30 pm, Evelyn Pye will be joined by Ellen Anthony, Ginnie Peterson, Alice Prussin, and Adin Thayer in a presentation of poetry and visual art. See the gallery website (www.gallerya3.com) to register for this Zoom event, which is free and open to the public. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.