Middletown College exhibition to show paintings by the Marlborough artist who studied in the UK

MIDDLE-TOWN — Middlesex Community College will feature the art of landscape painter Valery Sutherland beginning September 13. The exhibition, which will run until October 21, will be held at the Pegasus Gallery in Chapman Hall at 100 Training Hill Road School.

There will be a reception on October 4 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Sutherland, who lives in Marlborough, is also a sculptor.

His landscape paintings attempt to address the passage of time, according to a press release. “The ancient elements of earth, water, air and fire are illustrated in some of his ‘Elements’ paintings, along with old plans of buildings or towns which are now criss-crossed by roads, indicating a future development that will forever alter the earth.

“Clouds of varying hues and configurations convey a sense of mystery and impermanence in an ever-changing sky,” the statement read.

Sutherland’s interest in the “strange and irregular shapes of old pollarded trees”, such as the Burnham Beeches in England, led her to digitally colorize black and white images of some of the trees which she then used as source material. inspiration to create his “Pollard,” the college said.

It is an amalgam of black and white and color.

His most recent paintings, “The Window” and “Window Reflections,” are based on digital images of the reflection on a black granite countertop of the forest behind his house, according to the release.

Sutherland has exhibited her work throughout New England, New York and New Jersey for over 30 years, according to his site. She studied art in the UK at Tunbridge Wells Art School in Kent and St. Martin’s Art School in London.

After a few years creating wall and freestanding sculptures, Sutherland decided to return to painting, she said. “I used images of split logs for the ‘Maze’ paintings and a road trip in Florida inspired the ‘Road Trip’ series.”

Most of his sculptures are made from laminated plywood and are “narrative” pieces, his site says. “I chiseled the surface of the wood or built up the surface with acrylic medium or dried paint,” and the sculptures were then painted, Sutherland explained.

“Topics ranged from social issues such as drug addiction and AIDS to the appreciation and influence of great creative talents, such as the architecture and sculptures of the Maya, the music of Richard Wagner, in particular the recordings of her operas with soprano Kirsten Flagstad, and the paintings of Philip Guston, she continues.

Pegasus Gallery is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more information about the exhibition, visit mxcc.commnet.edu. To learn more about the artist, visit valerysutherland.com.

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