Two local artists have combined their talents and shared love of colour to create an eye-catching exhibit.
Starting on Saturday, Heather Howard and Miles Constable's show Colours will be on display at Studio Gallery's Perron Street location.
Most of his works here are representative of highrise-populated downtown scenes or sprawling metropolitan complexes in the vein of ‘cityscapes.' The first time I viewed City Foggy Sunrise though, I thought I was looking at Stonehenge or a series of monoliths. Some images of this series (appropriately titled Cityscapes) really capture the viewer's imagination with their vivid colours and energetic swashes while others challenge artistic tastes with dark and gloomy pseudo-cemeteries. He seems to enjoy exploring patterns and textures in small doses but it's the gross details are what stand out.
Howard, on the other hand, keeps it all real by showing us images from her backyard … literally, or what she calls “the beautiful, little transient moments that I try to catch.”
Obviously a fan of nature, she can't seem to help herself, painting in glorious detail as many of these transient moments as she can. There are flowers and birds aplenty but the most fascinating aspect is that Howard switches seamlessly between the relatively easy oils and acrylics to the less-forgiving watercolours.
“I like to dabble in all media,” she admitted but says she prefers the watercolours. “Each medium has its own charm.”
She sure knows how to get the most charm out of each of her images too. The tiny lines of each petal are lovingly recreated. Howard works from photographs but, careful not to let the work fall lifelessly on the canvas, she studies the movements of each of her subjects to get a sense of their kinetic energy. These bright and buoyant works only darken when you leave the gallery and realize that spring is still six weeks away, or so the groundhog says.
Works by artists Heather Howard and Miles Constable<br />Opening reception: Saturday, Feb. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. The artists will be in attendance.<br />Show runs until Feb. 27.<br />Studio Gallery<br />11 Perron Street<br />Call 780-460-5993 for more information