Connecticut shoreline comes to life in exhibit

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Sumptuous meadows, majestic trees and spacious marshes saturated in their natural color can all be viewed at the newly renovated Cora E. McLaughlin Gallery at Convent of the Sacred Heart since it has “come alive with colorful paintings” of the Connecticut shoreline by local artist Laura Levine.

Adding to these pieces are many still life paintings depicting a variety of simple yet colorful objects. These 29 oil paintings by Ms. Levine are now on exhibit through Feb. 14 and an artist reception will be held today, Jan. 24, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Living on the Connecticut shoreline, Ms. Levine has access to a variety of scenes from the tidal marshes and marinas to the flowering meadows and trees. She said she feels “very fortunate to live in such a beautiful area” and is constantly finding ways to challenge herself as an artist.

According to the school, “She finds inspiration in simple and varied objects for her still life paintings and is interested in creating the form and texture of these objects as well as studying them from different vantage points and strives to accurately depict nature, maintaining that keen observation is essential to the success of her work.”

Ms. Levine has added a component to this exhibit specifically for the students at the Convent of the Sacred Heart and has on exhibit several preliminary drawings created for some of these paintings. As the exhibit has been shaped in conjunction with painting classes that she had been instructing as a visiting artist, Ms. Levine said she hopes that the students will gain some insight into the process of creating a painting and the important role that drawing plays.

Also on display are photographs of the artist working on location as well as the paintings on site.

Ms. Levine’s paintings have been featured extensively in galleries and cultural centers throughout New York and New England. Her work was also on exhibition at the capitol and legislative offices in Hartford and her paintings are in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad.

The works can be viewed from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, through Feb. 14, or by appointment at Convent of the Sacred Heart, 1177 King Street. An artist reception will be held today, Thursday, Jan. 24 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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