Santa Fe, NM
September 21-October 12
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Communicating the feel of a place is what has motivated Evelyne Boren to get up each day and paint for the past 40 years. In her newest show at Nedra Mattuecci Galleries, which opens with an artist’s reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on September 21, Boren displays 30 oil and watercolor paintings of some of her favorite haunts, from Santa Fe, NM, to old Mexico, to Cornwall, England, to continental Europe.
Santa Fe is Boren’s home during the warm months of the year and the inspiration for several paintings in the show, including UPPER CANYON IN THE FALL. Scenes from Abiquiu and Taos as well as a variety of New Mexico churches also are among the offerings in this show, which is titled Freedom of Expression. “New Mexico has been a wonderful place to paint,” says Boren. “The light is so special.”
When Santa Fe’s weather shifts to cooler temperatures, Boren heads to Mexico, to her home on a beach in a small fishing village. There, she gets out her paints and focuses her attention on water, beaches, and boats. Usually she doesn’t bring these aquatic paintings to Santa Fe, but she is including them in this show. “I have a big following of people who like these paintings,” she explains. “I thought this is a good time to finally show them in New Mexico.”
In June, Boren spent three weeks living in a house in Cornwall, England, while the homeowner lived in her house in Mexico. The home exchange became a painting trip. “This was the first time I painted Cornwall,” says Boren. “I was interested in the surrounding river and water features. There were lots of boats in the area, both fishing boats and sailboats. I went out every day to paint. Sometimes when it rained, I’d sit in my car and do a little watercolor.”
Before heading off to Cornwall, Boren spent time in Tuscany teaching a watercolor class. She created many new works during the multiweek workshop, several of which appear in the show alongside the pieces from Cornwall. “I try to go to Tuscany in June when the weather isn’t too cold or too hot,” she says. “June is a good window. The days are long, and the tourists haven’t arrived yet. The poppies are still out; I love painting fields of poppies. Although most of the paintings I did during this visit are landscapes, I also painted some churches.”
Provence, France, is one of Boren’s favorite places and the subject of many paintings. While traveling there a year ago, she became captivated by blooming fields of lavender and outdoor markets bustling with activity. Several paintings in the show capture these experiences.
“I am always excited at the prospect for a new show of Evelyne Boren’s brilliantly colorful landscapes,” says gallery owner Nedra Matteucci. “There is wonderful energy to her bold brushwork, and her compositions of inviting locales in New Mexico, Italy, France, and Mexico are a constant source of discovery for new collectors.” —Emily Van Cleve
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