Watercolors by Natalie Beittel, Bruce Davidson, Mary Lou LoVecchio,
Mimi Macksoud, and Luca Riccò
October 7th- November 15th
Saturday, October 25th from 7-9 p.m.
Gallery Seven presents “Aqua”. Watercolors by Natalie Beittel, Bruce Davidson, Mary Lou LoVecchio, Mimi Macksoud, and Luca Riccò. The art of watercolor has been around for centuries, dating as far back as when prehistoric man painted the walls of caves with mixtures of charcoal, natural pigments and ochre. In this exhibition 5 artists come together with an array of subject matter and techniques that highlight the beauty of watercolor. Luca Riccò paints vibrantly stormy landscapes. He uses reds, greens, blues and purples in his paintings to create foreboding skies as can be seen in “Far Away” and “Coming Close”. He states, “I like to paint landscapes that are deserted by people and have skies of fantastic colors, as if they came out of a dream”.
Natalie Beittel’s ability to capture the colors of the seasons is flawless. In “Farm View” the feeling of spring is in the air with the pink blossoming tree in the foreground and the lush green mountains behind. This is in stark contrast with “Elm Park in Winter” where it appears winter has begun as the tree branches hang leafless above the ground sprinkled with white. In his paintings of birds, Bruce Davidson uses vivid colors, yet the subject matter remains quietly serene. When looking at “Cardinal in Birch” the viewer is immediately drawn in by the striking red wings of the cardinal, just about to leave its perch, against the wintry backdrop of the birch trees rising into the frigid sky.
Artist Mimi Macksoud’s work also portrays a peaceful solitude, but she uses her palette in a very different way. Her colors are soft and muted as can be seen in “Provincetown Morning” where there is a light house off in the distance and a range of subdued colors describing the shoreline in the foreground. In her work, Mary Lou LoVecchio foregoes soft impressionistic edges in favor of a sharper more realistic interpretation of the subject. This is readily seen in her still life “Late Summer Harvest” where one has to fight the compulsion to reach for a piece of luscious fruit spilling from the bowl.