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Willa Cox, 2007, #7, 26" x 20," watercolor, gouache, modelling paste on Yupo paper.

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BRATTLEBORO — Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts presents "Willa Cox: Abstract Narratives," opening at noon June 25, with an artist reception from 5 to 7 p.m. An artist talk is scheduled for 5 p.m. July 16. The exhibition continues through July 31.

Monotype, marbling and watercolor on paper are some of the various techniques and materials which characterize Cox’s richly surfaced paintings. For "Abstract Narratives," the artist has cut sections from previous compositions to create compact panels which, although independent, reside side by side and relate intimately to their neighbors. Utilizing 14 panels per sequence and presented either framed or in an open accordion-style book format, a narrative is established as Cox moves through time, from point to point. “I feel I am telling a story, but instead of there being characters who act, there are attributes of painting, drawing, and printmaking that interact and evolve.”

Also featured in the Middle Gallery, is Karen Kamenetzky: Possibilities, hand dyed and stitched, new fiber wall hangings. Kamenetzky’s biomorphic or cellular forms suggest “... constant moments of change on micro, macro, and personal levels. Beginning with undyed silk, wool and other fibers, I add vibrant saturated color using dye and paint as well as adding dimension and textures through the process of wet felting. Dense stitching adds lines of light and shadow and color.”