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Pop Up Show with Powers and Padien

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 12:15pm

The Spring Street Gallery is excited to offer a pop-up art opening with Gallery member Jerry Powers and our friend Bill Padien with their new paintings.

The joint show will open with a reception on Saturday Sept. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m., with refreshments available. Please be sure to wear your mask and heed social distancing measures. We look forward to seeing everyone for this fun event.

Powers’ show is devoted to a series depicting what the artist calls “beach seeps,” intermittent flows of water from the base of the bluffs at Vaill Beach. The paintings range in size from 5” x 7” to 30” x 40” and use acrylics, oils, and mylar in the artist’s efforts to capture the beauty and weirdness of this unique Block Island phenomenon.

“At this time of social distancing, I’ve been comforted by the feel of a stiff brush dragged over and against the tooth of a primed canvas,” said Powers. “Turning this experience into an expression of thoughts and feelings can be a challenge, but the personal rewards are great.”

With the local landscape as his inspiration, Powers said, “I’m lucky to live on Block Island, where a solitary walk always shows me something new from the natural world. Lately, I’ve found what I call ‘beach seeps,’ places where, especially after a good rain, water from above or underground comes out in small streams at the base of the Mohegan bluffs. So far, I’ve simply enjoyed documenting their surprising shapes, colors and textures.”

Another goal of Powers’ is to replicate the mechanics of moving water, using paint, sand, clay and other materials.