Watermark 4, 20×20, ink on yupo, painting 2017.

Frances Ashforth: Land and Water
An Exhibit of Monotypes, Paintings, and Drawings

July 9 – August 2, 2017

Frances Ashforth’s work has been informed by her study of land and water and the edges, intersections, and boundaries of both wetland and arid habitats. She is as fascinated by geologic strata and land forms as she is about the shapes and marks water leaves behind. In “Land and Water,” Ashforth captures the stark beauty found within our land and water. It is her hope that these images will help the viewer have greater appreciation for an environment that is worthy of protection.


James Pond Dusk, 36×54, oil on canvas

John Lees: Oils and Watercolors

August 6 – September 6, 2017

A native of England and graduate of the Yale University School of Art and Architecture, John Lees spent his career as a highly successful design consultant, working on five continents for institutional, government, and corporate clients. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including four Presidential Design Awards. In 1989, John began to devote more time to his art. He paints primarily in the Berkshires and other favored spots in New England, Mexico, England, and the Caribbean. Identifying with a long tradition of landscape painting in the United States and Europe, John explores time, light, and the cycle of seasons in his work which is now in over 100 private and corporate collections in Europe and the United States.

Artist statement:

“The landscape is always in a state of change. A single place offers limitless faces – the passage of time is the only constant. This is why I return, again and again, to many of the same locations. I take liberties with color, light, the framing of a view and the specific features of a given landscape. My goal is to create a memory of a place that resonates for me and for others. Painting these pictures is an opportunity to slow down, observe and experience a landscape as a way of appreciating the planet Earth.”

Please join us for a reception for the artist on Sunday, August 6th, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm graciously hosted by the Library Associates.