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Painting by James Urbaska.

GRAFTON >> Gallery North Star, 151 Townshend Road, presents a solo show of new oil paintings by nationally acclaimed artist James Urbaska.

The exhibition will run from Saturday through Nov. 6. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information call 802-843-2465 or visit the gallery's website at

Inspired by the landscapes of New England and particularly the Connecticut River Valley, James Urbaska's paintings uniquely chronicle the rural experience. In this body of new work, Urbaska uses a less descriptive style of painting to convey the essence of the landscape. This mix of abstraction and realism is brought forth with the use of a bolder color palette strengthened through dramatic images.

James Urbaska's shows are greatly anticipated events, drawing collectors worldwide. A native of Montana, he currently lives and paints in Newfane.

Gallery North Star, located in historic Grafton, is dedicated to presenting a diverse selection of work by Vermont's and New England's finest artists in a unique setting. The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.