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Opening Reception for Artist Suzanne Ouellette at Hammertown Rhinebeck
July 2, 2011 @ 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm
“IMPRESSIONS and REFLECTIONS”
Paintings by Suzanne C. Ouellette
June 10 – September 5, 2011
Hammertown Rhinebeck Gallery
Opening Reception Saturday
July 2, 2011
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
The Gallery at Hammertown Rhinebeck is pleased to present a summer exhibition of paintings by Pine Plains and New York City resident, Suzanne C. Ouellette. The show will be on view from June 10 through September 5, 2011, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 2 from 5:30-7 p.m.
We’ll be following the progress of this exhibit over the next few weeks. Readers will learn how our exhibits are created; what goes into planning them; how and why a painting is chosen or not chosen to be included; what the artist is trying to convey and so on.
In this particular exhibit Suzanne wants each painting to be a beautiful narrative that intrigues and invites you to ask: What just happened? What will happen next?
The new exhibition at the Hammertown Rhinebeck Gallery gives you a look at the distinctive work of a contemporary still life painter and a delightful history lesson in the still life painting genre. Paintings by Suzanne show her distinctive sensibility towards still life objects, and her sensitivity to the human presence that still lifes evoke. There are no people in her still life paintings, but in looking at the radishes or the iPhone she paints, the viewer knows that someone has recently been in the room and will return very shortly. The eggs and lemons even appear to be still moving after being placed on the table by a person. And there is another way that Suzanne’s work is filled with people. The paintings reveal how much she has looked at prior practitioners of this form of painting. She has looked hard and beautifully integrated their ideas and strategies into her own style.
Suzanne likes to tell the story of how she comes to the studio every day, eager to see what artists have visited during the night and what they have done to the painting she has been working on. This collection of paintings shows that there have been night visits by Chardin (French, 1699-1779), Manet (French, 1832-1883), Van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890), William Nicholson (British, 1872-1949), Lucien Freud (British, b. 1922), her teacher, Sam Adoquei (American, b. 1962) and probably others. Every morning, she toasts them all with her cup of tea as she picks up her brush and takes the painting to a new level.
To learn more about Suzanne Ouellette, click here to visit her website.