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December 19, 2014
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Birds of a feather

Helena Clare Pittman's "Sweet Williams and Apricot on Seurat" is currently on exhibit at the DVAA in Narrowsburg, NY.
TRR photos by Jonathan Fox


Feathers slightly ruffled from my defeat, I decided to head off in a different direction on Saturday, having noted that my twitter account (@jonathanfoxIMHO) was burning up about the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s (DVAA) opening reception for an exhibit of recent works by Helena Clare Pittman. Someone had tweeted that Pittman would be at the gallery (www.artsalliancesite.org) in person to address the crowd as they flocked to Narrowsburg for the reception, so (Wonder Dog at my heels) I went. Having just read Tom Robbins’ “Still Life with Woodpecker,” it seemed like a natural progression to take in Pittman’s show, which features 51 still-life paintings that, according to the artist, are the “result of an epiphany.” Incorporating the works of masters who have inspired her during the course of her career, the artist explained that “the works in this show are concerned with color, light and composition” and that she was “intrigued” with infusing the works of Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Whistler and Degas (to name but a few) into her own unique, alluring paintings. The exhibit runs through March 15 and is a beautiful (IMHO) representation of Pittman’s mastery with the brush.