Thursday, June 24, 2010

Dan Powell: New Paintings and Watercolors

July 8 - July 30, 2010
The Meeting Room at Bagelz of Wakefield
90 Pershing Avenue
Wakefield, RI 02879
(401) 783-9700

Former Rhode Island resident and painter Dan Powell returns to The Meeting Room at Bagelz of Wakefield with a fresh new group of oils and watercolors inspired by the landscapes of coastal Rhode Island and South Carolina. Dan Powell: New Paintings and Watercolors will be on view from July 8 through July 30 at The Meeting Room at Bagelz of Wakefield. The public is invited to a reception with the artist on Thursday, July 8, from 6pm until 9pm. Bagelz of Wakefield is located at 90 Pershing Avenue in Wakefield, Rhode Island. Hours are Monday-Friday 6am - 6pm and Saturday & Sunday 6am - 5pm. Free parking is available.

Dan Powell's recent oils on linen and watercolors are inspired by boat landings on the rivers of the South Carolina Low Country and the beaches, estuaries, and jetties of coastal Rhode Island. His saturated, light suffused paintings are Whitman-esque, evoking the arrivals and departures of an inner journey. In a statement about his work, Powell says,

"...Like a patient gardener the river shapes the land around it. The landings where we join the river are likewise shaped by our activities. Whether we launch a kayak or powerboat or just clear a spot to cast a line we are agents of change and leave our mark. I love the landings of the Waccamaw and the Little Pee Dee rivers in South Carolina. There weʼve come across proud brides, excited children and bemused locals. They are dotted with reminders–oyster shells and beer cans, a forgotten sneaker, stray cats and the tracks of countless boat loving dogs. These are the sites of countless beginnings and endings...”

The Rhode Island vistas and seascapes are poetic memories of places observed . They serve as
Proustian references, fragile madeleines which unleash a flood of pleasant imagery."
Powell earned his M.F.A. in Visual Design with Concentration in Painting and Drawing from UMass Dartmouth in 1997. He has taught art at Chester College of New England, Salve Regina University, Horry Georgetown Technical College and Coastal Carolina University. Powell's work has been exhibited in venues from Rhode Island to South Carolina. Visit his web site: www.danpowellstudio.com.

Image: Punch Bowl Landing

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