WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Harrison Gallery will be presenting a solo exhibition of works by Gracia Dayton from May 4 to 29. Dayton’s work for this show was inspired by her recent trip to Italy. An opening reception with the artist will be held on Saturday, May 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. and is open to the public.
Dayton works in various media, from watercolor collage to mixed media, depicting landscapes and scenes incorporating elements of her life, journeys, and interests. Unlike many artists, Dayton’s watercolors begin without an under-drawing, which allows Dayton to fully explore freedom of movement.
"Each series of work I do invariably relates to a place I have recently visited. Landscapes, colors, shapes, and symbols are the sources I draw upon for inspiration from my travels," Dayton said. "I usually start a series with direct landscapes in watercolor or acrylic, and then [add] more to collages and mixed media. The challenge is always to create pieces that are less literal, and exciting to me in color, composition and materials."
Her landscapes waver between abstract and recognizable, simultaneously soothing in their repetitiveness and stimulating in their vibrant, intense colors. Inspired by changes in weather, her paintings emit radiance, warmth and heat. Using large, calligraphic brushstrokes, her watercolors are complete with a few strokes, even integrating the watercolor paper into the painting as patches of white.
The Harrison Gallery is located at 39 Spring St. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more info: 413-458-1700, theharrisongallery.com.