Jerry Powers at Spring Street

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 8:00pm

“Stormy Weather,” a series of new paintings by Jerry Powers at Spring Street Gallery, will open on Saturday, Aug. 3 and run through Friday, Aug. 16.  An opening reception will be held Saturday, Aug. 3 at 5 p.m. at the gallery. The public is invited.

Powers said about the show:

“There’s something undeniably exhilarating and beautiful about a passing storm. The barometer drops, the air gets still and then the wind rises, rain comes and then clears. Maybe the excitement comes from a sense of disaster avoided, and in this time of climate change, we’ve all become more aware of the lethal power of nature.  Human nature has its stormy elements too, and we certainly live in a tempestuous period. The deformity of the trees and the erosion of the bluffs at Rodman’s Hollow, on the south end of the island, testify to unrelenting natural forces, and the existence of the island itself, part of a glacial moraine, is the result of even greater force over a longer time. Walking around the island with a camera or paintbox, I think of how amazing it is to be able to experience this moment in this place. It seems that the storms that don’t kill us make us stronger and more appreciative.”

“Ducks in Winter” was painted in February, Powers said, “when the algae of summer is gone and the water clarity looks almost tropical (or arctic).”

Another painting, “Stormy Weather, but We’re Still Here” “ is a piece I started a few years ago. It started out to be the Three Furies, but after painting the central figure, I wasn’t sure I wanted two more. During the winter I dug it out and came up with a more benign context.Thanks to the Livingstons for the frame.”