If you have preconceived notions about watercolors, prepare to be challenged at Gallery North's exhibit "Watercolor - Layered Light," which opens tonight in Setauket.
With 48 pieces of work by 16 Long Island artists, "The show highlights the diversity of the medium of watercolor in both technique and subject matter," says gallery associate Daniene Byrne. "We have figurative work. We have abstract work. We have landscape, and we have still life."
The exhibition, on view through April 24, includes pieces by Pamela Brown, Joyce Bressler, Leslie M. Cross, Peter Galasso, Elizabeth Greaf, Deborah Katz, Eleanor Meier, Jamie Macaulay, Ed McEvoy, Jim Molloy, Keelin Murphy, William Oberst, Denis Ponsot, Muriel Musarra, Christian White and Bruce Lieberman.
Viewers can expect to see Jamie Macaulay's stills from "Lawrence of Arabia" and people fighting on a talk show. "He takes these moments from film and video and does his versions of them in watercolor and gouache with a varying degree of abstraction," Byrne says.
On the other end of the spectrum, a watercolor by Denis Ponsot depicts a quilt with a bouquet of flowers in front of it. "It's got vivid color combined with pastel elements," Byrne says. "It's a play between flatness of the quilt and the reality of the still life in front of it."
So, why should people check out the show?
"It's a great variety of work, and it's what's going on in watercolor now in our time," Byrne says. "It's exciting to see the medium pushed in all of these different directions."
"Watercolor - Layered Light"
WHEN / WHERE Opening reception Friday night, 5 to 7 p.m., at Gallery North, 90 N. Country Rd., Setauket. Elizabeth Greaf, a watercolorist featured in the show, will lead an art discussion titled "Everything you always wanted to know about watercolor," at 2 p.m. Sunday. Exhibition on view through April 24.
INFO 631-751-2676 or gallerynorth.org