Capturing the Moment: Holiday Small Works 2016

By admin on November 10, 2016

Head to Co|So and take a look at our new Holiday Small Works exhibition, opening on November 12th! One of our most anticipated exhibitions of the year, Holiday Small Works features works in a variety of media from our membership of over 350 artists. We are especially excited to include pieces from several newly admitted members this year.

Be sure to stop by our exhibition opening on the 12th, from 5:30-7:70 pm. We hope to see you there!

As we prepare for the opening of the exhibition, here is a sneak peek of three Holiday Small Works. Each uniquely captures a moment in time.


Nan Hass Feldman, The Colored Lounges at Stafylos, oil on panel, 8 x 8

Feldman’s The Colored Lounges at Stafylos shows a strong fauvist element. Fauvism is a style of painting that emphasizes the use of non-naturalistic colors and vibrant expression. Feldman’s sky is a bold, dusky pink, liberally tinged with streaks of orange. While the sky naturally takes on a pinkish tinge at sunset, here the total absence of blue in the sky gives the painting an otherworldly feel. Large falling leaves hint that this is the final moment of summer, and the last chance to enjoy the warm sunshine.

Raymond Gilbert, Night Walk Home, mixed media, 11 x 14

In Night Walk Home, Gilbert turns an ordinary walk through the city into a magical experience. Figures and buildings float freely through the air, absent of any normal linear perspective. Despite the bright colors, there is a solitary feeling to Gilbert’s work. Shadowy figures linger in the corners of the painting, their heads downcast as they rest momentarily, a contrast from the hustle and bustle of the city around them. 

Wenda Shelter, Tangled Up in Snow, oil, 13 x 15

If there’s one thing we are all too familiar with here in Boston, it’s snow. While it is all too easy to feel blue as the days grow shorter and the weather grows colder, Wenda Shelter’s Tangled Up in Snow reminds us to find beauty even on the bleakest of days. The eye is immediately drawn to the cardinal sitting in the middle of a tangled bunch of branches, a flash of red amidst the gray of a barren tree.

By Erica Evans