Winthrop Gallery exhibit offers full palette – Methow Valley News – Google Alerts

Photos courtesy of the WInthrop Gallery
“Freewheeling Horizon” by Tamera Abate will be on display.

“Color,” say the artists of the Winthrop Gallery, “makes life pop.” That sentiment has not, perhaps, been truer than it is now, in this cool, somewhat rainy July.

In a time when the hills are typically turning to brown, instead the Methow Valley is unseasonably verdant, forming a lush backdrop to a riot of wildflowers. “It’s so much more green than usual,” said gallery co-op president Patty Yates. “There are so many different colors of green right now.”

“The colors tell a story all day long,” continued Yates, answering, pre-emptively, what might be the reasonable question of whether “I Love Color” is a legitimate theme for the new exhibit at the gallery opening on Wednesday (July 24). After all, isn’t it self-evident that artists love color?

But color is nuanced, said Yates. “There’s the way sun hits a hillside and the colors shift. Or shadows — and then the range of colors within the shadows. If we can capture the story of color in a brushstroke, it’s just so exciting,” she said.

Even if you specialize in black and white, said Yates, you see the subtleties of color, and you get excited about it. And, of course, “Everyone gets excited about the colors of that first balsamroot in the spring.”

“It’s a broad topic,” Yates said of the exhibit’s theme, “but it’s better than saying ‘let’s all focus on the color purple.’”

The show “encompasses photographers, painters and other artists,” said Yates. “Everybody provides a hit of color.”

Featured art pieces include seasonal paintings by member artists Laurie Fry and Paula Christen, a large abstract by Yates, and what Yates refers to as “wonderfully colorful encaustics.”

A reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday (July 27), from 6 – 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

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