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Recent works by Helena Clare Pittman at Alliance Gallery

“Roses and Morton Salt” by Helena Clare Pittman, oil paint on canvas, 2013
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February 19, 2014

NARROWSBURG, NY — “You Say Tomato and I Say Sfumato: Quotations,” an exhibit of recent works by Helena Clare Pittman, opens with a reception on Saturday, February 22 from 2 to 4 p.m., preceded by an Artist’s Talk at 1 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery. The exhibit will be on view through March 15.

“The work that makes up this exhibit is the result of an epiphany: I am part of art history,” explains artist Helena Clare Pittman who has been painting for more than 50 years, and teaching and writing for more than 40 years. (“Sfumato,” or smoky, is a term that has been associated with the work of Leonardo, and refers to the soft edges of his forms, the fine haze of atmosphere in his paintings.)

The works in this show are concerned with color, shape, light, and composition possibilities opened up by incorporating the works of the masters. “I’d become intrigued by using images of the works of artists I revere. I drew these masters close to me, right into my work, deconstructing the colors, say, of Monet’s ‘Haystacks’ and Vermeer’s ‘Woman in the Red Hat.’ It was a surprising experience of understanding and kindredness,” Pittman said.

Pittman received her BFA from Pratt Institute and her MA in art and writing from Antioch University, and taught both painting and writing for many years, at The Parsons School of Design, the State University of New York, Farmingdale, and Queens College. She has also published 18 books for children, featuring her own watercolor illustrations. She has a home and studio in the woods of Sullivan County where she paints and writes. She teaches painting and writing at the Catskill Art Society, in Livingston Manor, and at The Daniel Pierce Library in Grahamsville, where her 12-panel mural is permanently installed.

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