WILLIAMSTOWN -- "Peak Season: The Colors of Barbara Ernst Prey," a poignant and deeply personal new series by internationally acclaimed artist Barbara Ernst Prey, will be on view from Oct. 5 through Nov. 30, at the Barbara Prey Gallery on Spring Street. The exhibit features a new series of plein air paintings including a series of never-before-exhibited New England landscapes. An opening reception with the artist, who is considered one of the foremost landscape painters working in the United States today, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m.
"I was fortunate to live and paint in the Berkshires as a student at Williams College and have been exploring the importance of open spaces throughout my career as an American painter," Prey said. "In ‘Peak Season’ I have returned to paint a subject with deep personal meaning.
"This exhibition has a wonderful juxtaposition of watercolors, which I have been painting for 40 years, and my recent return to oil painting, which I first began at the age of 9 with my mother, who was a professor at Pratt Art Institute. Each medium offers a unique way to interpret the subject."
At once stylistically innovative and cognizant of tradition, Prey’s work is celebrated for its use of strong colors and emotive, transcendent explorations of the contemporary landscape.
"It is a powerful sense of human presence - despite the absence of the figure - infused with a compelling aura of place and history that characterizes this group of Prey’s exquisitely rendered, light-filled watercolors," said Sarah Cash, curator of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
The gallery, at 71 Spring St., is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more info: 413-884-6184 or barbaraprey.com.