By Ann McCleary
Winthrop Gallery artists share their awe and appreciation of the Methow Valley’s ever-changing land and skies in a new exhibit that opens Wednesday (Sept. 13).
A reception for the show, “Land and Sky,” will be held at the gallery on Saturday (Sept. 16) from 5–7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
The gold tones of summer and the spectacular colors of fall, the subtle shades of winter and the brilliance of spring are captured in paintings, drawings, photographs and more. From still forests and mountain lakes to sweeping open spaces, the exhibit celebrates the diversity of the Methow Valley and its surroundings.
“The theme of land and sky is appropriate because, unlike folks that live in large cities, we live much more intimately with and in the natural world,” said painter Michael Caldwell.
“It is the particular pattern of land and sky that characterizes the Methow that creates a unique sense of place here that, to my mind, evokes a transcendent experience of beauty and magic,” Caldwell said.
Caldwell’s work for the show includes a painting, called “A Walk to Dubois Flats,” that features a lush green landscape beneath a vast blue sky with light clouds.
Painter Patty Yates said the show provides a sort of closure to a difficult summer when the beauty of the Methow was often obscured by smoke from wildfires.
“It’s been a hard year with the smoke … that took our starch out,” Yates said. “This is a joyful recognition of earth and sky. It says we’re still all here and connected. We still love it here.”
Yates created a watercolor with pen and ink painting called “Between” that features aspen trees “with a little bit of fall in the air” against a pale, colorless sky, much like the skies that have been so present this summer.
The show continues at the Winthrop Gallery through Oct. 16. The gallery is open daily in September from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In October the gallery will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For more information call 996-3925 or go to www.winthropgallery.com.