“Explorations,” Jean Childs Buzgo’s solo exhibition at the Silverman Gallery of Bucks County Impressionist Art, is her largest and most diverse show to date.
This collection of her work features more than 40 paintings created over the last 18 months.
Join the artist for her opening weekend, with receptions from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. The gallery is located at 4920 York Road, Holicong, in the Buckingham Green Shopping Center. The exhibition continues through Oct. 27.
Inspired by a desire to take a decidedly new direction, Buzgo experiments with both technique and tone to cover a vast realm of seasons and subjects. She believes that nature provides the best subjects, composition and story.
“You’ve just got to harness it,” she said. “Capturing my explorations in paint and creating lasting images of these inspirational scenes that people can enjoy for years to come is my goal. I’m translating my experiences with nature, architecture and an emotional reaction to these places. I want people to feel as if they are there in the moment.”
Buzgo’s signature Bucks and Hunterdon county scenes perfectly capture the beauty of local landmarks, bridges, waterways, farms and gardens.
“Phillips’ Mill Moonlight,” an example of her more recent color palette, is a profusion of blues, purples and greens, juxtaposed with intense yellows, and a juiciness of tones that capture the “rush and fury of creative energy bursting forth,” that Buzgo often feels while she is painting. There is an almost palpable hum and energy to these pieces.
Buzgo’s continued exploration of the splendors of twilight’s deep shadows and bewitching mood, expressed in her characteristic Van Gogh-like, twinkling starry nights can be found in works like “Summer Night Bridge,” a painting which aptly evokes nights along the canal path, illuminated by both the stars and the reflection of light.
In “Explorations,” the diversity of Buzgo’s work is a glimpse into the many stories of her life, both real and imaginary, reflected in this varied collection that runs the gamut from dramatic to serene and perfectly expresses the artist’s vision and her continuing creative exploration.