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Two openings at the DVAA this weekend

“Peony in Chinese Bowl” by Linda Bastian
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July 16, 2014

NARROWSBURG, NY — Two art shows will open this weekend at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance on Friday, July 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. One exhibit is “Tulips and Other Surprises from the Natural World,” drawings and paintings by Linda Bastian, and the other is “Paintings, Postcards,” an exhibit of paintings by Gary Abramson. They will both be on view until August 9.

Bastian’s works are tapestries of lush colors and organic forms, intensified by shimmering lights and dramatic shadows. “Growing up in a New England home filled with Chinese and Japanese art, I was influenced by the flattened, abstracted shapes of flora and fauna embedded in Chinese and Japanese rugs, china, and fabrics,” said Bastian.

Bastian recently returned from five years of teaching art in the Middle East, where she was influenced by flowers and gardens often depicted in Islamic art.

“In both the West and in the Middle East, the garden is a metaphor for Paradise. Gardens remove us from the details of our daily routines, and allow us to focus on the meaning of our existence in a grander, more universal scheme of life,” she said. “I think that since flowers and gardens are transient, by painting them I keep their essence alive.”

Abramson’s oil and gouache paintings often portray figures in urban street scenes and country garden settings. The style of painting harkens to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, using dabs of color to capture the feeling of the scene, rather than specific details. “I strive for an intimate effect, suitable to an audience of private individuals as opposed to public passersby,” said Abramson, who works primarily in pocket-size formats. “I think of my work as hand-made postcards, of sights, scenes that moved me enough to depict them.”

Alliance Gallery is located at the Delaware Arts Center at 37 Main St. For more information about the exhibit call 845/252-7576 or visit