Quiet Observations

Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Jeri Eisenberg, Carl Grauer, Regina Quinn, Judith Wyer

April 21, 2023 through June 11, 2023

How can we softly meditate on our surroundings, relationships, and experiences in life from a place of reverence and wonder? To suspend judgement, to refrain from assigning positive and negative connotations, to simply hold a space through quiet observation; this is a paradigm shift worth exploring. The artists in Quiet Observations are activated in this gentle practice of bearing witness to aspects of the human condition. The work offers an opportunity to contemplate cycles of birth, growth, loss, and death in life and nature as a parallel experience as opposed to something that must be overcome. Quiet Observations will be on view April 21 – June 11th and includes new work by Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Jeri Eisenberg, Carl Grauer, Regina Quinn and Judith Wyer. All are welcome to join us for the opening reception on Saturday, April 22nd from 5-7 pm.

There are few experiences more effective in quieting cerebral chatter than a retreat into nature. Be it observing vast horizons or a single falling leaf, one can get peacefully grounded in the present moment. Landscape painters Jane Bloodgood-Abrams and Regina Quinn have been painting their experience with nature for most of their respective careers. Jane Bloodgood favors high vantage points that offer views of billowing clouds and the Hudson Valley terrain. Her paintings transcend the literal to illustrate nature’s spiritual and emotional essence. Works on canvas and panel are rendered with many layers of oil that are applied, wiped away and reapplied. Epic sunsets, golden fall foliage and luminous skies are observations that have become iconic mainstays of her compositions. The tensions between shifting darkness and light at the edges of day and night inspire Regina Quinn’s encaustic and oil paintings. A New York City native, Regina now lives in New York’s Catskill Mountains after decades in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. A longtime resident of the northern mountains, her work is rooted in her awe of the natural world’s continuous state of flux between chaos and equilibrium. Working in encaustics, she builds up and scrapes back layers of wax just as geological and weathering processes obscure and expose, and as visual memories come into focus even as they fade away.

In a new series titled Qu(i)e(t)er Interiors, Carl Grauer turns inward and brings us into an intimate space; his home. From a place of repose and safety, this environment provides warmth, comfort, and a stage to observe relationships among objects, beings, and the passage of light. His perspective tracks varied emotions, different points of view, and how the light is experienced by candlelight or sunlight reflected on walls and hardwood. “I found peace in observing the changes in light, and observing with slowness and mindfulness that comes during times of meditation.” Simple household objects are the subject of the rather complex compositions with layered perspectives. Grauer merges adept technical abilities with a penchant for authentic expression.

Figurative painter Judith Wyer paints the quiet moments spent inside prestigious museums and galleries across the US and Europe. The museum interior is a place where the past and present meet, the past in the work of art and the present in the viewer. The relationship of the viewer to a work of art inspires a narrative she never tires of painting. It offers possibilities of expressing one’s relationship to the past with all its beauty and truth, and in so doing the timelessness of the human condition.

Jeri Eisenberg’s delicate photographed imagery is printed on a Japanese Mulberry paper before it is coated with a thin layer of beeswax. She employs a strong sense of materiality and seductive surfaces in her work, to evoke sense memories and visceral connections. Her photographs steadfastly serve as an affirmation of beauty in the everyday natural world, but is tinged with the bittersweet – a reminder of the temporal condition and an elegy for life. Selections will include works in color as well as black and white.

Carl Grauer

Jane Bloodgood-Abrams

Jeri Eisenberg

Judith Wyer

Regina Quinn