‘Confluence’ Art Exhibition Opens at New Middle Street Gallery Location | Arts & Theater

CONTRIBUTED by Gary Anthes

The Middle St. Gallery in Washington, Va., is now showing watercolors by member artist Fae Penland in a new exhibition, “Confluence,” in its new location through October 2.

Other members of the non-profit co-op will also be exhibiting there after a public reception from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, September 10.

Multiple visual images and ideas come together like converging rivers at Confluence.

Brightly colored paintings offer views of cut flowers in glass or ceramic vessels, sometimes isolated and other times densely clustered in a confluence of humanity and nature.

“I ask myself, ‘How can I create a painting that has the movement of nature with the hard shapes of structure?’ said Penland. “I use objects in my studio along with my love of music and nature to research rhythms, patterns and stories in my watercolors,” she says. “My goal is to create art that reflects the human spirit with the flow and vitality of life.”

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For four decades the artist has created acclaimed watercolours, oils and drawings.

“A lot of my artistic inspiration came from growing up next to a library and a university that provided constant visual stimuli and inspiration from other artists,” she said. .

Middle Street Gallery is now at 311 Gay St. Lower Level, with an entrance on Main St. across from Ballard’s in the town of Little Washington, Rappahannock County.

middlestreetgallery.org is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

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