WEST BRATTLEBORO -- This Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m., the Arts Committee at All Souls Church is hosting a reception for Andréa Wallens Powell, whose "Digital Explorations: 2003 to the Present" are showing through early September.
Gallery spaces in the church feature her photographic series and individual studies, some at a macro or close-up scale, a few with a little modification of the original image in PaintShop.
Powell’s dramatic sense of composition has been compared to that of a painter, which is not surprising since she studied painting (and pottery) at Unity, Bennington and Marlboro Colleges. Although her paintings have been chiefly representational in style, she is exhibiting with her photography one large, expressive, abstract canvas that was painted with only her hands.
Her work has also been featured at the Mindspring Gallery and American Traders in Brattleboro. One recent image was chosen for a juried show at Vermont Center for Photography, and others have been in group shows at the Emile Gruppe Gallery (Jericho) and Bryan Memorial Gallery (Jeffersonville), among other venues.
Powell is planning to continue her studies in writing and fine arts. She will display, and perhaps read, some of her recent poetry at Saturday’s reception.
All Souls Church is at 29 South St., West Brattleboro. The exhibit is open during worship services and other public events, as well as from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,