This month's exhibit will be with local artists, Helen Roy and Lisle Ann Jackson! Head to the Hoxie Gallery from 5-7 pm to "Meet the Artists". Their pieces can be viewed in the Hoxie Gallery through the month of July during library hours.
About the artists:
Helen Roy is an artist and educator living in Westerly, Rhode Island who grew up in the beautiful Berkshires. As a self-taught artist she considers herself fortunate to have had the opportunity to fall in love with painting after 30 years as a Learning Specialist. The artist recognizes that the first reaction to visual art is what is seen, but believes the most important response is how a painting makes the viewer feel. Does the piece give you joy, warm your heart, or make you smile and feel positive? When you take a painting into your home or personal space you are bringing the energy you as an individual receive from the work. Those are the emotions and uplifting energies Helen tries to evoke in her work.
The theme of her paintings is A Celebration of Color. The hope being that a colorful vibrant painting can transform a down or dark emotion. She finds it is especially satisfying to be in the middle of the urban jungle of NYC surrounded by concrete, tar, and grit and to be then able to capture the warm, refreshing and soothing colors of nature, and bring that energy into your home. Her palette is often dominated by the soothing colors one observes watching the sun set over the ocean: especially blues, greens, yellows, corals, pinks and lavenders. Roy’s mediums are acrylic, oil and cold wax & oil. Some of her work consists of clean lines and geometric shapes, while other pieces are abstract seascapes or non-representational. The artist tries to challenge expectations and perceptions by using balance, color, shapes, lines and a palette knife to encourage both movement and capture emotion. Her latest adventure is colorful Caldwell inspired mobiles, focusing on color and movement.
Lisle Ann Jackson is a retired Mental Health Counselor who now has time to indulge her passion for creating images. She considers herself a "Painterly photographer" because she uses her photographic device (currently a cell phone) instead of a brush to create the picture she desires. Lisle Ann believes her best artistic gift is her ability to see and capture images in a fairly unique way. She has often been told she has a "good eye". Lisle Ann delights in creating works that make the viewer question-'what is that'? Flowers, the sea and wood are some of her favorite subjects. She has a love for faces and sees them everywhere, especially wood. Lisle Ann credits her involvement with the Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly with her recent growth as an artist. She displays her work at Par 4 Restaurant in Groton, CT and her home.