MANCHESTER >> The Gallery at Equinox Village will present a collaboration of art by Irene Cole, Peggy Brogan and Mimi Turton from June 16 through July 18, 2016. The Exhibit Opening, scheduled for Thursday, June 16 at 5:30 p.m., is free and open to the public and will feature light refreshments and music.
Peggy Brogan began sharing her love of nature with sketches and watercolors. She draws inspiration from the natural world and spends time experiencing her subject before she paints. Whether working in her gardens, watching the cloud formations and sunsets over the Everglades, or, studying the break of the waves on the sand, it is important for her work that she knows the nuances of what she paints. Her works convey these simple pleasures with style and emotion. Peggy works in oils and pastels in her Vermont studio an en plein air, creating still life and landscape paints. She is also an award-winning artist, recently awarded "Best in Show," emerging artist, at Wet Paint Live VT, in October 2015.
Irene Cole grew up in a small town which provided the artist with a lifelong connection to nature which influence her art. While she continues to her work as a graphic designer, she also expresses her creativity with paint. Her paintings sometimes offer a hint of a recognizable image, but Irene considers herself to be an abstract painter. Natural elements such as stones covering a path, shadows on the ground and trees in the woods influence her compositions as the artist intuitively layers her canvas with color, line and form until the painting is resolved.
"Painting is like a meditation for me," says Cole. "Once I start and keep at it, my mind eventually quiets down and I find that place of expression." As she gets in the groove of creating a series, work just seems to flow. "There are struggles along the way," she says, "but the trick is to keep going and not be fearful of what is happening on the surface. I simply keep layering until I feel the work is done."
Mimi Turton began painting in 2005, at the age of 49. Having never painted before, she decided to take an acrylics class at BBA to "get her ball rolling." Mimi also took a few classes in pastels at SVAC. She painted under her own instruction and worked with mentors while living in Newburyport, Mass. After returning to Vermont, she was encouraged and supported by family and friends to continue painting. Mimi primarily uses pastels to create landscapes and water scenes, expressing 'moods and feelings,' rather than 'things.' She continues to take courses to further her understanding, technique and enjoyment of her passion.
The Gallery at Equinox Village is located at 49 Maple Street in Manchester Center. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call Equinox Village at (802) 362-4061.