Whitney Knapp at Spring St. Gallery

Sat, 07/05/2003 - 5:00am

The Spring Street Gallery will host a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. to open an exhibition of new works by local painter Whitney Knapp. This is Knapp's third season as a contributing artist at the Spring Street Gallery, and her second solo exhibition there. Her pastoral landscapes and dramatic seascapes portray the artist's love of special places. Block Island features prominently among her favorites.

Knapp says, "Landscapes are a means of recording a place — place generates emotion, which in turn is the inspiration for my paintings. I've always found certain places to be of particular importance to me and I choose to represent those places within my work. My work is focused on reality; however, my depiction of subject matter conveys an element of abstraction."

In this collection of new works, Knapp's focus shifted as she began to incorporate more sky into her work. The horizon line in her pieces began to drop and her skies became her focal point. "My fascination with the sky lies behind its ability to induce a particular mood of a landscape. I began experimenting with a variety of skies to explore how the modifications would determine the final character of the piece," says Knapp.

The exhibition will be on display until July 19.