Published: September 18, 2001
TIVOLI, N.Y. – “There’s …and Landscapes Too” a new exhibition of paintings by Marie Cole and Mary Untalan, will be featured at the Tivoli Artists Go-op Gallery through September 23.
Marie Cole’s large canvases depict still lifes that vary with the fourth dimension of time. Fruit ripens and then decays; flower and plants grow and then die. For her, time is the invisible thread that weaves together the beauty, decay and regeneration of life.
Cole says that the longer she looks at a subject, the more the subtle overtones of light cause her perception of colors “to become richer and more vibrant.” Consequently, painting a still life requires several days of observing change in order to capture the moment in time when she sees the objects, their interrelationship with each other and their light and color most clearly.
Untalan’s landscapes harken back to the Hudson River School painters who created vistas of land, mountains, and sky. The original Hudson River artists, like Frederick Church and Thomas Cole, often painted huge canvases, which were exhibited in their day for a public that had not visited those places themselves. Untalan’s oils often revisit those vistas (Church’s Olana home, with its magnificent views of the Hudson, is a favorite spot) but she works smaller. Most of her paintings are less than a foot square.
“There’s an intimacy about a small landscape,” said Untalan “and a sense of peace, to see such vistas encompassed within narrow bounds.”
Tivoli Artists Co-op, 60 Broadway is open Friday, 5 to 9 pm, Saturday, 1 to 9 pm, Sunday, noon to 4 pm or by appointment; 845-757-2667.
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