Leaves to Landscapes: Abstracts in Precious Metal Leaf

10:00AM - 6:00PM Fri, Nov 2 - Mon, Dec 31, 2018

Venue: Salmon Falls Gallery

1 Ashfield St, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370


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Leaves to Landscapes: Abstracts in Precious Metal Leaf SHELBURNE FALLS, MA - Amanda Quinby's art takes its richness from the precious metal leaf she is attracted to: 6-24kt Golds, Silver, and Palladium are just some of the metals with which she gilds her art. The works glow softly in the muted tones of the natural metals, as if you are viewing fine jewelry for your walls. Simple designs add to the quiet beauty of these wall panels. In Quinby's own words: Nature is almost always the point of departure for my work. While I embrace a minimalist aesthetic, these works remain within the realm of the representational. The panels for this show are a study in form - the essential shapes that comprise a tree, a flower or a landscape. The unique qualities of the gilded surface, combined with color and the mercurial play of light, result in images that exemplify my response to nature as my subject. My work has also evolved from my appreciation for the history and practice of the gilding craft and a desire to explore and expand on its traditions. I use materials and techniques that have not changed much since the Middle Ages but apply them in new and non-traditional ways. The images and textures in each piece are built up of multiple layers of gesso to create a bas-relief dimensionality. Leaves to Landscapes can be seen November 2-December 31 at Salmon Falls Gallery, with a reception on Saturday, November 10, 3-5pm with music by Chris Eriquezzo. Please join us. For more information, www.SalmonFallsGallery.com or call the gallery at 413.625.9833. Photo caption: "Wings", 22 karat gold leaf. 6.5" x 12" panel by Amanda Quinby

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