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April 2013

Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Offers Works by Martha Armstrong

Elder Gallery in Charlotte, NC, will present Light and Sights, Landscapes by Martha Armstrong, on view from Apr. 5 - 30, 2013. A gallery talk will be offered on Apr. 18, beginning at 7pm.

Armstrong’s recent landscapes painted in Vermont and Italy are the subject of her exhibition. The paintings reflect the artist’s dialogue with the paint as well as with the landscape over the change of seasons.

Armstrong has had many one -person and group shows in the United States and Italy. She has received grants from Smith College, a residency at Hollins University, and at the Camargo Foundation in France, and was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. The exhibition will be the artist’s second exhibition at Elder Gallery.

Armstrong has taught at the Kansas City Art Institute, Indiana University, Smith, Mount Holyoke, Dartmouth, and Havorford Colleges, and now is a graduate critic at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

In 2003 Alexi Worth wrote in The New Yorker, “Armstrong’s high, sharp energy is Yankee Fauvism at its best.” Lance Esplund, in Art in America, wrote in 2004, “I enjoy the all-out belting of the melody which is full of honesty and heart.” In 2009 Victoria Donohue wrote in the Philadelphia Inquirer, “In these works it’s still possible to believe that aesthetic presence might have some impact on the hard reality of everyday existence”, and in 2011 she wrote: “Her landscapes have simplicity and power. Their intensity of focus on feeling and seasonal changes (are) ambitious exercises in reconciling geometry and gesture…”.

Armstrong studied at the Cincinnati Art Academy, Smith College, and Rhode Island School of Design and maintains studios in Massachusetts and Vermont.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 704/370-6337 or visit (www.elderart.com).

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