Art exhibit: 'Friars'

Reception for artist David Addison Small at Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St., Brattleboro with his series of oil paintings "Friars," 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4. The Moondogs will entertain. On view through July 30

Visionary Artist David Addison Small at Gallery in the Woods

Gallery in the Woods celebrates Nature, Life, and Spirit with an installation from the mystical "Friars" series of oil paintings from David Addison Small.

"Open the windows, study light, to picture the dark in its gentle depth. With the clouds through the skies of day and night, find faces embodying dreams. Be young, anticipate everything. See nothing, not understanding incidents but still able to breathe the benevolence that derives from it. " Ernst Fuchs from "The Grafic Work" 1980

David has studied with visionary Ernst Fuchs, Wang Hui-Ming and Gregory Gillespie.This series continues in the phantastic realist vein, with allusions to Italian Renaissance fresco, Persian miniature, and Taoist landscape. A vein of whispered stories inhabits the journey of a posse of friars under skies undulating with visions and the huge presence of the natural world. These are painted with finely layered oil glazes to produce jewel-like,refracted light.

David has been a mentor and professor at Mass Art, a resident artist at the Boston Center for the Arts for the past 30 years, and has exuberantly taught Junior High Art in the south Boston public schools.

At Gallery in the Woods,145 Main St., Brattleboro. May 4 through July 30.

Reception, Friday May 4, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Moondogs will Play


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