Cool Off at Co|So

By Paige Roehrig on July 11, 2019

The weather this week has proved that Summer is in full swing in Boston. The hot season will beckon blistering days for weeks to come. Sometimes, the best way to cool off is a trip to the beach, a dip in the pool or, a trip to Co|So where you can immerse yourself in the refreshing artworks by our artist members.

Kat O’Connor, CM, The Night Swim, oil on board, 41” x 31”

Kat O’Connor paints an ideal summer night in her painting that was awarded First Place in the Summer Members Show: ReVision. The artist’s paintings often focus on figures in water. They are not intentioned to be portraits, but studies in which water and light become buffers, allowing the viewer to stand outside of the subject and view similarly to how we observe film.

Jeanne Rosier Smith, CM, Glimmer, pastel, 9” x 13”

You can practically feel the ocean spray as the waves crash into the sandy shore in Jeanne Rosier Smith’s seascape. The Copley Master’s techniques and skillful use of pastels is unquestionable. She draws her artistic influences from the moment when sea meets the shore and a clash of opposites occur; motion and stillness, wet and dry, warm and cool. The sea always continues to draw the viewer to its edge.

Mark Shasha, What’s Next?, oil on canvas, 30” x 42”

Mark Shasha’s subjects often revolve around light and textures of nature. He approaches these subjects traditionally, blending oil painting techniques of 19th and 20th century masters. In his painting What’s Next?, he illustrates a moment in time where, after day of posing in the dunes, his wife took a walk to the ridge to see what was ahead. The composition of the footprints she left behind compelled the artist to pick up his brush.

Lori Mehta, Hanging Out, oil on board, 9” x 11”

Light is a key element of Lori Mehta’s artistic inspiration. When light bounces off even the most ordinary object, it can beget beauty in an extraordinary way. In Hanging Out, Mehta captures a moment that yields nostalgia in any viewer as the dress flows effortlessly in the wind and the ocean water evaporates off of the white fabric.


See the artwork of Small Works: Evolving and the Summer Members Show: ReVision on view at the Copley Society of Art now through August 18th, 2019.