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By Laura Drinan
Hometown Weekly Reporter
Tucked away from the street next to the Medfield Public Library is the town’s favorite spot to see local an emerging artists’ work. Zullo Gallery Center for the Arts, a quaint and well-kept second story gallery, welcomes the community to visit their 2017 Holiday Exhibit for a taste of intriguing and affordable paintings and photos from Massachusetts based artists.
For the exhibit, which will be up through January 7, Zullo Gallery’s director, William Pope, decided that no piece should be more than $375, making the paintings and photographs perfectly priced for holiday gifts for loved ones or oneself.
A total of 11 artists’ work hung on the walls of the gallery. While some were holiday themed, other paintings and photographs were simply pleasant to view and were thought-provoking pieces.
Two pieces that embodied the sweets that fill the holiday season were Michael William’s “Red Lindor Truffle (no. 152)” and Ann Gorbett’s “Hot Cocoa.” Although they are both oil painters, Williams offered a more realistic depiction of a tasty chocolate, while Walpole artist, Gorbett, used a palette knife to paint, giving the cup of cocoa both texture and a somewhat impressionistic appearance.
Tatiana Roulin’s “Winter Paris” and “First Snow” give visitors a look at the chilly months with a city’s snow-covered streets and uninterrupted snow near a flowing river. Judith Robichaud also followed a winter theme with “Chipping Sparrow,” an oil painting of a small bird in the wintertime.
Artists like Jeremy Harrison, Martha Marson, and Kim Weineck offered works that remind gallery goers of the other seasons. Harrison’s watercolor “West Canada Creek” and Martha Marson’s pastel “Kayaks at Rest” showed scenes from the summertime with clear, blue skies. Weineck’s “November” pastel painting displayed a landscape’s beautiful autumn colors.
Meanwhile, Tracey Maroni, an artist influenced by the elements around her, used mixed media to bring works like “Entwined,” which used a warm terracotta color over most of the canvas, to Zullo Gallery.
Gretchen Warsen and Lynn Yetra both brought several abstract pieces to Zullo Gallery. While Warsen’s mixed media pieces, like “Sanctuary” and “Crisp and Bright,” used many fine lines collage-like methods, Yetra’s monotype collage, “Summer In The City,” offers a bright, colorful, and modernist look at a city.
Zullo Gallery’s final artist to be in the holiday exhibit was photographer Rebecca Skinner. The artist’s photographs, like “Chevrolet,” feature crisp lines and outstanding colors that draw in the eye.
The variety of styles, techniques, and subjects among the artists make for a unique and compelling show at Zullo Gallery, assuring that all visitors will find something to enjoy.