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October Gallery at the Garden Front Wall: Maureen Mansfield: Acrylics–Expressions of Local Color / Back Wall: Terry Hauptman: Songline Scrolls
7 October, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Maureen Mansfield‘s exhibit is titled Acrylics–Expressions of Local Color. Art is, and always has been, an enjoyable relaxing endeavor for Mansfield who began her journey as a teenager in upper New York State. Inspired and encouraged by her mother, her love for art grew as she continued to develop her skills using oil and acrylic paints capturing landscapes of the northwest coast, Adirondack Mountains and many parts of New England.
Mansfield moved to Brattleboro in 1978 and has resided in this area for over thirty-five years. Brattleboro has been a tremendous inspiration for her to continue her life’s journey in art. She has exhibited at the River Garden, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and recently at Baskets Book Store in Brattleboro.
Many of her paintings are in private collections throughout the United States. Mansfield’s watercolor artwork is currently displayed in the Oncology Department at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, where she is employed. She states that her artwork encourages her to relax and enjoy life’s pleasures – if she can make just one person smile, relax and enjoy her artwork, the return to her is priceless.
Terry Hauptman’s Songline Scrolls: The Singing of the Soul is the Nature of Art, Herself, radiate with imagination and formal power braiding cultures with innovative energy, imaginative cultural diversity and singular vision.
The Songline Scrolls illuminate how light travels through the body resonating as dynamic black bands outline internal ambers in figurative forms. These spiral paintings ask the deep questions. What is woman? What is man? Hauptman responds by seeking harmonies’ dark chambers and dissonances, bridging cultures and braiding traditions. Envisioning her work is to feel the rhythmic contours of ecstatic dance, hear the figurative chorus of the world’s songs and to bask in the turquoise, purple and gold emanations of color from a deep resonant black ground. Hauptman’s love of intertwined spirals and knots, the rhythmic interlinking of curves amidst the play of contraries set the scrolls in motion. These painted Scrolls of Fire break traditional boundaries having figures dance through the dimensions of the paper, their visual music representing one continuous glyph.
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