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Gallery at the Garden presents works by Shawnna O’Connor, Sam Groves

Gallery at the Garden presents works by Shawnna O’Connor, Sam Groves

Untitled, by Sam Groves (detail)

Untitled, by Sam Groves (detail)

Starting Friday, Feb. 6, the Gallery at the Garden features two exhibits: “Touring New England through Oil Paintings” by Shawnna O’Connor, and “Lights, Camera, Action….Motion Pictures,” an exhibit of photographic works by Sam Groves. Both shows will continue through February.


West Dummerston Covered Bridge, by Shawnna O’Connor

O’Connor is mainly a self-taught artist.  She uses oil paints to create bright works illustrating historic sites in New England.

She originally focused on smaller canvas depictions of cats.  After the 2011 fire that ravaged the Brooks House apartments where she lived, O’Connor began to paint larger pieces, featuring some of New England’s many historic landmarks.

A resident of Brattleboro, O’Connor admires the work of artists Vincent Van Gogh, John Jude Palencar, and Jason Chambers.

Groves, also of Brattleboro, will be showing 32 small abstract photos mounted on four separate “bulletin boards.” Groves explains that in his photographic process, “various light sources are used, and the ‘motion’ part means that either the light source, or the camera, or both are moved during the exposure.”

All of O’Connor’s works are for sale. The display versions of Groves’s pictures will not be for sale, but he will take orders for copies of any of the photos professionally printed on aluminum plates.

The exhibits are open during Gallery Walk, Feb. 6, from 5:30 until 8:30 PM. The River Garden will also present a non-profit organizations showcase that evening.

The Gallery is open regularly Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. 11-5, and Sun. 1:30-3:30.