Immediately to the left, an elegantly poised mule rests on a wall. Ahead, a voluminous, spring-kissed bouquet stands erect in its vase. Over-the-shoulders to the right, a deep nocturnal forest waits mysteriously. The three realities are among a vast collection of life-portraying canvases that compose the “Jones, Jones, Andreottola” exhibition at the Madison Artists Guild in downtown Madison.
Twilight rays and eager locals poured into the gallery Friday night to honor and view countless distinct, yet uniquely and unintentionally linked creations by Bev Jones, Trish Jones, and Alice Lee Andreottola.
Bev Jones, who has painted for almost 16 years, contributed a textured flare to the collection with pieces that jumped beyond their two-dimensional surfaces. According to Jones, she creates her signature raised effects by using “a gel or a gloss, sand, and different paints, and pastels … some of its [with a] brush, some of it’s [with] a knife or a hand, [but] I don’t use a brush much.”
One of her pieces, Tranquility, depicts the dark greens and blacks of forestry and reflects a part of her: “That’s my safe place, that’s where I love to be is in the woods in the country, so that takes me home.”
Soft, but notable brush strokes characterized 10-year artist Trish Jones’ work as she lit up the showcase with her bright colored paintings. Many of Jones’ bright masterpieces were inspired from a “pretty photograph or something in nature” and transformed by her artistic hand.
Jones’ strategic brush stroke marks several of her bold recreations. “I kind of use a larger brush than what I should be using for the painting because I don’t want it to be too detailed,” Jones disclosed.
As if her creative brush strokes were enough, Jones further distinguishes her pieces of art with an inspirational touch. “At first I started doing scripture art – folk art – but I did it so that my kids could memorize scripture … And then I kind of went to a different style,” Jones stated, “and just thought I would add it on the back. I noticed so many people see it as uplifting.”
Alice Lee Andreottola explains the heart behind her real-life portraits, “I’m inspired by things that I see every day, and I do a lot of travelling in the country. I kind of like to think about it as riding down country roads and the friends you find along the way. So, all of these animals I still ride and see them.”
With just acrylic paint, her eyes, a “paintbrush and a word of prayer,” Andreotolla brings various roadside livestock sightings to life on canvas.
Horses, mules, pigs, goats, and more bask in the acrylic spotlight of Andreotolla’s paintings.
Locals crowded the guild to admire and appreciate the honored artists’ work as they socialized and enjoyed food, wine, and live music from the local Bluegrass band, Silver Strings.
This opening reception simultaneously served as a post-summer continuation of the guild’s First Friday gatherings, usually held on the first Fridays of every month and includes a live band, food, and a good time as well.
“It’s a chance for our local population to come in and see,” Guild Leader Dotty Kurtz commented. “We’ve got a pretty loyal people here. Most of the people that come here during the week are from all over the world, but on First Friday’s they know that they are coming in here, and we got new stuff for them to see.”
The exhibition is available for view until November 10 at the Madison Artist Guild.