Greenwich Arts Council has its eyes on the ‘horizon’

The Greenwich Arts Council will display its new exhibit Frances Ashforth: Apparent Horizon — New Prints and Paintings in the Bendheim Gallery through Nov. 4.

Ms. Ashforth, who attended the opening reception on Sept. 13, grew up in an extended family of printmakers, sculptors and painters. Her love of landscape developed from her earliest years in New Hampshire and the Connecticut Valley, and led her to a consuming passion with the “horizon line” and how it orders relationships among the land, sky and water.

“I am acutely aware of the innate tension and balance that resides within that line,” Ms. Ashforth said. “Cloud formations, weather patterns, wind and light temper this balance, creating landscapes of memory.”

Ms. Ashforth’s works are about discovering the raw beauty of open space. Both in her prints and in her paintings, she searches for the essence of the landscape in pure, almost abstract, terms. She has been declared a “master of the manipulation of light and composition,” and praised for “continually providing new perspective on the eternal balance of the horizon line.”

According to the Arts Council, the 50 works presented in the Bendheim Gallery demonstrate how wide her reach can be in distilling that special essence of a particular place, which has the power to hold itself in memory long after the actual viewing of the landscape.

“Her work evolves out of experiences with many different geographies,” a council press release stated. “Having lived on both coasts and traveled through much of the country in between her works have a certain broad ranging quality to them, and she frequently finds literary comparison to her own endeavors.”

For more information call 203-862-6750 or visit Greenwicharts.org.

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