The gallery is pleased to present When You Go into the Woods — Dogtown and Other Treasures of the Forest opening October 2nd with a reception October 6th from 6-8pm, 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester MA.  Paintings by artist Vanessa Michalak. 

“Ideas about escapism, adventure and our relationship with nature are explored in paintings created by the synthesis of memories, imagination and found photos. Although some paintings place sole emphasis on the landscape itself, indications of human activity are often present. Figures move through forests and viewers are forced to make their way through overgrown paths. Particular structures within the landscape allude to impermanence or more specific interactions
with the environment. As a Maine native, traveler and avid hiker, the spirit of searching and exploring parallels my painting process. 

Reinventing, pursuing solutions and discovering the scope of paint's material capacity becomes as important as my subject matter. Allowing myself to get a “little lost in the woods” as I teeter on the edge of abstraction and representation or “adventure on new paths” whilst conceding to unfamiliar methods, makes the process of creating each painting a unique quest. Ultimately the paintings become not only a reflection of my inner restlessness and my longing to reconnect with nature but also a record of my incessant investigation of the painting process.”         — Vanessa Michalak . 2018

Vanessa Michalak received an MFA in painting from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  Residencies include: Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Colorado; Emerging Artist-in-Residence, Penn State, PA; and PLAYA, Oregon.  Michalak’s work has been featured in New American Paintings, Northeast Issue (2014); and Fresh Paint Magazine (cover artist 2014). She is the recipient of several awards and has exhibited throughout the US.
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