Thursday, June 22, 2017 This Week's Paper

Mixed Greens dress the walls of Rebecca V Gallery

Rebecca V Gallery is currently home to a stunning variety of landscape style and interpretation through its new display with a name that fits like your favorite vinaigrette.

Mixed Greens features artists Patrick Howe, Christopher Perry, Karen Luke Fildes, Roderick Smith and Kyle Paliotto, who each deliver a strikingly different vision of northwest nature.

Howe, a native Oregonian, showcases much of the University of Washington's arboretum in his work, according to gallery owner Anthony Valenzuela.

His work stands out as crisp and clear, and surprises the viewer with vivid color in unexpected places.

In his piece "Untitled," a soft blue waterside scene creates a mellow, monochromatic wrap around the work and frames the bright rainbow of purples, blues and greens settled into the base of a large, leafless tree.

Another piece, "Observation Deck," has the similar asymmetrical foggy blue wrap around a winter tree on a shoreline, which is home to a vibrant orange trunk and turquoise tide.

"Tuscan Tree" is another one of Howe's standout color pieces, which features the fiery-orange body of an autumn tree against a deep blue-gray sky.

Perry's work stands out from the rest because of its scale and its highly glossy and reflective style. Perry works with brown, bronze and gold hues on smooth surfaces that create a super shiny quality, making the viewer want to reach out and touch it. His extremely fluid abstract style is derived from his background as a printmaker, according to Valenzuela. Perry also works with fused glass, a form that creates fluid, flowing shapes in a very similar fashion to that of his other pieces.

Fildes' works are considerably smaller than that of Howe and Perry, but are all studies for larger prints, according to Valenzuela. She is a plein painter with a seven-color palette, whose abstract landscapes lend themselves for contemplation of the viewers.

Smith spends part of his time in the northwest and part of it in Mexico, a fact that becomes obvious through his two maritime-themed works, which hang side-by-side. While the subject matter in both of these classic-impressionist style paintings is relatively similar, the cold bluish-grey tone of the northwest scene is easily distinguishable from the golden-hued feeling that is apparent in the piece of the Mexican shoreline.

Paliotto, another small work oil painter, exhibits the styles of a classic still-life painter and lighting styles reminiscent of Rembrandt. "Andante Nocturne" is a particularly stunning piece painted in the old chiaroscuro lighting style and heavily mottled with a glowing green hue. Its subject matter of a horse-drawn carriage fits well with its old lighting style, and brings one back to a time before street lamps, headlights and neon signs.

Mixed Greens is a chance for art lovers to experience all angles of landscape artistry. From the abstract, to the impressionist, to the creatively colorful and stunningly realistic depictions, Rebecca V Gallery is home to all for the next five weeks.