A Walk in the Forest

Opening / March 16th, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m

Shirley Irons, White Sumac, Oil on canvas, 44″ x 70″ 


Sara Nightingale Gallery is pleased to present, A Walk in the Forest, 
opening Saturday, March 16th, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 
The exhibition runs from March 9 – April 2. 


Irina Alimanestianu, Ani Antreasyan, Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Madeleine Bialkey, Tom Brydelsky, Rossa Cole, Elizabeth Dow, Cara Enteles, Sara Genn, Shirley Irons, Laurie Lambrecht, Elena Lyakir, Christa Maiwald, Anne Raymond. 
A Walk in the Forest is an off-the-grid respite from digital TMI culture. Low levels of visual information inform the curatorial choices. Through tropes of American landscape painting, and in particular trees themselves, the subject matter depicted evokes interior landscapes and spaces condensed within the flatness of the picture plane. The myth of nature as a boundless virgin wilderness is dispelled, yet the exhibition’s tone defies dystopian clichés. Even climate change, for the most part, is eschewed in favor of tranquility expressed in earthy, natural palettes – a last calm, of sorts, before impending storms.  
It’s noisy in the world and that noise, all the information that constantly infects us, shortens our attention span. In painting I can do something to slow it down, edit out, look for the permanence in the  transitory, which is really about hope. – Shirley Irons 
Among the works on view are Rossa Cole’s anthropomorphic sculptures and photographs of Asian Longhorned Beetles, an invasive wood-boring insect thought to have arrived in America in shipping crates from China. Laurie Lambrecht returns to her roots as a sweater designer with exquisite photographs of tree bark, which she prints on linen fabric and then embroiders. Tom Brydelsky’s ethereal mixed media encaustic landscapes serve as imagined scenarios inspired by the natural world. Christa Maiwald’s Winter Cake with Chocolate Trees, from her Landscape Cakes series, plays with shadow and line, documenting her edible confections in an outdoor setting. Oil paintings by Sara Genn, inspired by trees she saw in Italy, employ a minimal hushed palette, allowing shadows cast by thick impasto layers to become their own narrative. Muted watercolors by Ani Antreasyan, a vibrant abstraction by Anne Raymond celebrating the greenery outside her studio window, and a unique depiction of trees against a brilliant blue sky by Irina Alimanestianu round out the show.  
Rossa Cole, Asian Longhorned Beetle of Twigs, archival photo mounted on bamboo, edition 1/10, 34″ x 22″ 
Sara Nightingale Gallery
26 Main St.
Sag Harbor, NY 11963