Judith Lamb, new still life works, opens in Andes

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Andes — Chace-Randall Gallery presents Judith Lamb, new still life works in oil, June 22 to August 5. A reception for the artist is Saturday, June 23 from 5 to 7 p.m.

This solo exhibition by Lamb is comprised of 25 paintings in oil on board, images of arranged fruits, vegetables, garden flowers and plants juxtaposed with found objects. The work is both gorgeous and slightly edgy, masterfully capturing the real, but often overlooked, vitality that her subjects hold.

Lamb’s paintings are much more than thoughtful renderings of inanimate objects. They are careful studies of what lies beneath what the eye perceives.

“My interest is to take the ordinary and make it unique,” says Lamb, adding that all the objects she paints are “familiar to everyone and therefore often taken for granted.” Judith Lamb seeks to compose and execute those objects so that “their beauty becomes apparent.”

Claude LeSuer, ARTspeak, writes: “Judith Lamb is a meticulous realist who has the admirable restraint never to push the visual metaphor too far. She imbues simple fruits and vegetables with a sense of mystery and foreboding. Her respect for the simple everyday integrity of her objects makes them all the more poignant and symbolically potent.”

Lamb, a native New Yorker who moved to Delaware County in the early 1980s has been painting all her life. After experimenting with different styles of painting, she discovered that still life was the perfect vehicle for her temperament.

“I love being alone in my studio, juxtaposing found objects that have attracted my eye with fruits and vegetables from my garden,” says the artist, adding that “creating a still-life arrangement is a puzzle.”

When the puzzle doesn’t work for whatever reason, Lamb must stop and rearrange the table. “There is a peace and silence in this process that I find therapeutic,” she says. Her still-life process is deeply thought out and acutely felt by the artist.

Judith Lamb holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University and has exhibited widely in both New York City and the Catskills, from the Meisner SoHo Gallery and Salmagundi to the Yager Museum, Hartwick College, Oneonta and Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson.

Chace-Randall Gallery is located at 49 Main Street, Andes. Gallery hours are Friday to Sunday and holiday Mondays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more information call 676-4901 or visit www.chacerandallgallery.com.