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Art Exhibit Nov 7 - Dec 31 2017

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Janet Palin: Landscape Pastels


A series of Janet Palin’s landscape pastels will be on display at the Wendell Free Library in the Herrick Room Gallery from November 7- December 31, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 18, from 3-5 pm.

Janet Palin lives in Petersham, MA.  Twenty-five years an oil painter, Palin was inspired during a trip to Iceland to begin using pastels and she has been working with this medium for the last 20 years.  There are nine works on paper included in the exhibit ranging from small to large.  The work here reflects her annual travels out west, seeking and capturing inspiration in such places as New Mexico, Utah and Montana. 

 Storm Chasing is one of Palin’s large scale New Mexico landscapes.  A central horizontal band dotted with vibrant earthen color spans the composition and sits valleyed between the vantage point of a shadowed foreground and the silhouette rise of mountains in the distance.  The sky above is heavy with storm clouds and dense with dark moisture.  A small opening of sky pierces through the moment offering pause while illuminating the vast view of rains and sun sprays gracing the land.  One can sense a devotion to the spirit of place in this work as something that feels deeply layered and ephemeral at the same time. 

Janet Palin’s lifetime dedication to the arts is apparent in each of these majestic and masterful compositions.  Each landscape is an environment vastly raw and open, draped in lush layers of light and shadow.  They are magical moments transformed through pastels into moving images that are true to nature.  The show vibrates as it speaks of the conception of that magical moment one finds through the meditation of observation.        


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