September 5 - 30, 2014

shapes and shadows at the water's edge

Watercolors of the South End Waterfront


Recent Watercolors by Bill Paarlberg

Throughout the month of September Kennedy Gallery will present recent watercolors of Portsmouth's South End Waterfront by Bill Paarlberg. Noted for his iconic monster series featuring Portsmouth landmarks, Bill continues to depict the seacoast in his work. Studying with Dewitt Hardy, Bill has perfected the often difficult medium of watercolor. Through the use of unusual vantage points each local scene is framed to reflect Bill's unique vision, giving the viewer an opportunity to see a familiar scene from a fresh, new perspective.

"There is something about the well-worn docks and sheds that speaks to me, " says Bill. " I've always had an affection for the river's edge and small buildings that show the wear of the years." Most of his paintings depict sundrenched buildings, dappled with intricate shadows. "When I see a certain arrangement of shapes in the sunlight - and it almost always involves some sort of structure or a landscape - I find it more beautiful and compelling than any other subject. And I have the feeling the universe is sending me a coded message. There is some cryptic and vitally important meaning in those shapes and how they relate to each other, and the only way I can hope to begin to understand it is if I put them down on paper."

Please join us and meet Bill during the Opening Reception Friday, September 5th, from 5-8pm as part of the First Friday Art Round Town Gallery Walk.