Schmidt and Leech collaborate for exhibit

BRATTLEBORO — Opening May at 118 Elliot is "Recent Work" by Helen Schmidt and Collin Leech. Schmidt and Leech are long-time collaborators. This show is a celebration both of their friendship in art, and of the arrival of spring in the North.

Leech, residing in Putney, has taught art and shown her work in mixed media on many occasions over her two decades in the area. She is primarily working in encaustic, a wax-based media, and working on the cusp of abstraction and figuration. Her work is about the natural world at the height of bloom. She is a master of contrast, using hand drawn lines to indicate the incised precision of the closely seen, against lush gestural painting. Leech is a colorist with great range. Her recent paintings use a palette of pomegranate, saffron, and bright greens. There is an elemental quality of sky in the water and water in the calyx, which makes her work instantly recognizable.

Schmidt, a sculptress and printmaker who teachers at The River Gallery School in Brattleboro, presents 19 works on paper. The inspiration for these prints with dry point, are Japanese temple gates, known as Torii. Ranting in scale, Schmidt's gateways evoke the passageway from one discreet realm into another. The coloring ranges from gray-blues to gold, on Nepalese blushed paper. Schmidt has created a world of doorways, which in the aggregate remind us of our essential transience be it from the perspective of a refugee seeking asylum or as the foundational existential journey we experience as mortals.

Opening reception is Friday, May 4, 5:30 to 8 p.m. It remains on view through May 27 at 118 Gallery at 118 Elliot.

Gallery hours are on Saturdays, 12 to 3 p.m. and by appointment at 802-257-2757.


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