ST. JOHNSBURY – The Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild continues with Greenhouse Floral Art In the Back Room Gallery through March 11.
Sachiko Yashida, Benjamin Barnes and Robert Chapla are enchanted by painting the world of flowers, capturing the beauty of the plant world in oils, acrylics and watercolor. Barnes is well known for his landscapes, as well as his passion for bringing outside in. Chapla’s paintings range from realistic to abstract, developed either in his studio, or en plein air to capture the living essence of growing, worked on again in the studio to rejuvenate, and freshen with the colors of memory. He finds this way adds a more fluid effect. Yashida paints from life, capturing in watercolor the fluid transitory beauty of flowers. She finds the difficultly of control of her medium often greets her with a surprise opacity or clarity that enhances her work. Her oriental style reflects not just her heritage, but the sensual grace of the flora, that seem to remain alive, even behind glass, in a frame.
The Back Room Gallery is located at 430 Railroad St. For more information, see nekartisanguild.com, on Instagram and Facebook, or call during open hours at (802) 748-0158.