WILKES-BARRE — The first painting Louise Edwards noticed when she stepped into the Wyoming Valley Art League gallery was “Doc’s Daydream” — a view of Harveys Lake as seen from the vantage point of a dog whose doggy thoughts seemed to be represented by, oh, so many bubbles.
“It’s not detailed, but it’s realistic,” Edwards said, expressing her admiration for artist Nina Davidowitz’s work.
“She didn’t finish the story,” Edwards continued. “You get to finish it.”
So, how would the art fan from Sweet Valley finish the story?
“I’d be swimming at that dock,” she said with a laugh.
Davidowitz’s exhibit, titled “Selections: Photos and Paintings of Warmer Days,” will be on display through Feb. 27 in the Art League’s building in downtown Wilkes-Barre, where art lovers recently gathered for the opening reception.
The show featured images of lush flowers, Adirondack chairs that seemed to invite the viewer to stop and relax, and houses you’d swear you recognize in local neighborhoods, complete with backyard hedges and roof-top satellite dishes.
“She has a real sense of proportion and space,” said Rob Lewis, an architect from Lehman Township.
“It’s exquisite the way she treats the light,” Art League member Joel Koos said. “She’s like a modern Caravaggio.”
The use of light and darkness is very effective, Gary Johnson, of Sweet Valley, said, pointing out that lake and sky, leaves and tree trunk all appear in different shades when viewed through the bubbles in the “Doc’s Daydream” picture.
“I could jump right in (to a painting),” said Beth Black, of Dallas, who added she is an art student of Davidowitz’s. “She’s a wonderful teacher,” Black added. “Very encouraging.”
While the “Photos and Paintings of Warmer Days” exhibit may well remind visitors of spring and summer, Davidowitz said she has no problem with winter.
“I do like winter,” she said. “I especially love when there’s snow on the ground and it’s clean and white and the trees show up against that background.”
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