Crossing generations

MANCHESTER - Art transcends many boundaries, and one of them is clearly generational.

The art gallery on the second floor overlooking the lobby of Equinox Village will be the site of the next bit of evidence of that when an exhibit of the paintings and illustrations of one area family opens Thursday, June 20.

Anharad Edson is an art teacher at Long Trail School and has taught at several other area schools over the past decade or so. She will be sharing the wall space at the Equinox Village gallery with her parents, James and Gloria Llewelyn.

Together, they will be showing nearly 40 paintings, most of it relatively newer work, in an exhibit that will run through July 15.

"We just picked the ones we thought were better," said Gloria Llewelyn, looking across at a large array of paintings spread across their apartment at Equinox Village. They continue to paint steadily; James Llewelyn, now 92, paints every day, seven days a week, she added.

"Anytime you have a purpose, it keeps you young, I think," she said. "You're always thinking and planning."

"And it's not forced on us," said Jim Llewelyn. "You just like to do it."

The pair owned and ran an art shop and a gallery outside of Philadelphia, Pa., for many years before starting in on full-time painting careers about 35 years ago. They relocated to Vermont about 10 years ago, and moved into Equinox Village about six months ago, they said.

Anharad Edson, who began her teaching career at Maple Street School in 2005, got a full dose of exposure to the world of art and painting at an early age, and helped out at her parent's gallery as a teenager.

"I just always drew and painted - it was a part of what we did," she said. "Now, I'm starting to play a little more with collage and acrylic paint, so I make my paper, treat it with different printmaking effects ... and work that into a painting."

And yes, Mom and Dad still offer some feedback on what she comes up with on the easel, she said.

Gloria Llewelyn likes to paint scenes involving mothers and children, and her grandchildren were pressed into service often as models, she said.

"They didn't even know they were doing that," Anharad Edson said with a laugh.

Jim Llewelyn likes painting landscapes, sometimes with an impressionistic flair, and also will do some portraiture as well. While some of his subjects may be similar, he's found over the years he paints them differently.

"It's pretty much the same thing only done differently; you get newer ideas," he said.

Both of them pointed to the 19th and early 20th century American artist John Singer Sargent as being a common influence on their work, along with a few other painters.

There will be an opening reception on Thursday, June 20, at the Equinox Village gallery, beginning at 5:30 p.m., coinciding with a Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce mixer.

All their art work will be available for sale.

"I just think it's a neat collaboration," said Anharad Edson. "I think there are influences on all of us that are similar but each of us has our own style."

For more information, call Equinox Village at 802-362-4061.


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