ARLINGTON >> Rachel Barlow, Sandgate artist and writer, will show recent watercolors at The Canfield Gallery in the Martha Canfield Library on East Arlington Road from April 1 thru 30. There will be an opening reception to meet the artist on Saturday afternoon, April 2 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Under the theme of "Fingerprints," Barlow will display paintings based on drawings and sketches she has made of the landscape here in Vermont and while traveling in Michigan and Washington state, east of the Cascades. "I am fascinated by human fingerprints left on the once-natural world," says the artist, "and by the fragility of civilization that these attempts to tame the land actually represent."
Barlow has been drawing and doodling since she could hold a pencil. Mostly self-taught, she recently branched out into watercolor as a way to enhance and illustrate her regular blog, called "Picking My Battles." Watercolor taught her not only to look closely (the demanding medium requires that you get it right quickly), but also to loosen up and work more freely. Viewers will love this aspect of her pieces, as well as the universal experiences they illustrate.
Barlow was a featured artist at the Bedlam Farm Open House in Cambridge, N.Y., in October 2015; at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, the Petersburgh Library in Petersburgh, N.Y., and most recently, at Equinox Village in Manchester. The Canfield Gallery will be open during library hours. More information can be found on the library website at marthacanfieldlibrary.org. The Martha Canfield Library is a 501C3 organization, and a portion of all gallery sales will go to support the library.