Friday, September 22, 2000
Art Review: Brownrigg inaugurates library art exhibits
In the brilliantly lighted stair space between the second and third levels of the library, D'Ann Brownrigg was invited to hang her recent watercolors. The show is a delight. Working one's way up the studies of nature's bounties and scenes, one is rewarded with a large still-life. The luscious red apple, a difficult hue, here is wonderfully successful. Aged cheese, grapes and a bottle of wine are all painted in delicious colors and framed by Brownrigg's double matte of her signature fluid coloration. This artful coloring also encloses "Squash Party" with gradations of colors defining a variety of squash forms into shadow and light with a brilliant highlight. It's made by cleverly leaving white paper in exactly the right place as broad swift brushstrokes fill the background with ambient light.
Deft handling of color gives artichokes and a sunflower a marvelously sensual feel. Brownrigg's shift from cool to warm greens in the leaves and stems contrasts with the vibrant warm petals of the sunflower and its powerful seed head in rich browns.
Brownrigg is especially observant of birds and well-known for her knack of expressing character in their sparkling eyes. Her handling of color on the shadow edge makes her watercolors have more substance than most. Her work is beautifully presented and kicks off the vertical gallery shows with panache. Additional exhibit space may be forthcoming.
A reception in Brownrigg's honor will be held on September 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Ruth Wilkins Hollis Room on the third floor of the library. This is an excellent opportunity to meet Brownrigg, who shows regularly at the North Shore Art Association, Lexington Arts & Crafts Society and Cambridge Art Association.
© 2000 The Carlisle Mosquito