July 1, 2015
New works by local painter Row Selman will kick off the July art openings in Down Creek Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 1. The musical guest will be Aaron LaVigne.
Trees are the featured subject matter for these new works in a series titled “Trees in All Seasons,” reflecting her favorite objects in nature to paint.
“I was known as a ‘tree portrait painter,’” she noted about her time years ago in Boston, Mass. “When outside painting, I encounter wind, light and atmosphere on trees, which have resulted in some pretty amazing effects.”
She finds painting various trees similar to that of painting human figures.
Plein air (French for “open air”) means that Selman indeed paints outdoors in all seasons. Snow, cold and wind often pose a challenge to her outdoor paintings and affect her preparedness and clothing options.
“It’s taken several years to find the perfect layers to keep me properly warm, hands and feet giving me the most trouble,” she said.
All openings include refreshments and are open to island residents and the public.