October 27, 2021

Watercolors Exhibit by Jeanne Potter of Old Lyme on View at Greenwich Art Society Through Oct. 9

Lily Pads with Reeds and Clouds on Maine Pond by Jeanne C Potter. Photo submitted.

GREENWICH/OLD LYME — A solo exhibition and sale of paintings by artist Jeanne C. Potter of Old Lyme is currently on view at the Greenwich Art Society. An Opening Reception for the show will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25.

The exhibition will run through Oct. 9 and features 47 recent watercolors, including her most recent award winners from national juried shows.

Potter has been painting for more than 50 years and the exhibition features a variety of landscapes, still lifes, and portraits. She has also been teaching watercolor for some 20 years.

Potter explains in a press release, “I have had a lifelong love of watercolors, and this show of my recent work will let me share the art and beauty of watercolor with the public.”

 Highlights of her show include a series of recent pond paintings from her travels to Maine and Witch Hole Pond in Acadia National Park where she explores the beauty of reflected clouds in water amongst lily pads and grasses.

One painting titled Lily Pads and Clouds on Maine Pond (see image above) is currently on view at the juried national 51st Nor’Easter Exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Other New England landscapes painted en plein air show the beauty of nature from Owl’s Head, Maine and Newport, RI as well as Black Point in Niantic, Conn.

 When asked how she would describe her watercolor landscapes, Potter said in the release, “Watercolor allows me as an artist a way to capture all the beauty of nature in rich and powerful color as well as delicate and translucent detail.”

In addition to landscapes, she is an award-winning still life painter and included in her solo exhibition are a series of paintings of the classic Ball jar, in both clear and blue glass. This past Spring one of the Ball jar paintings received an Award of Merit at the Providence Art Club National juried exhibition and the painting is currently on view at the Bendheim Gallery in Greenwich in its 104th Annual National Juried Greenwich Art Society exhibition.

“I also try to find the beauty in everyday objects,” says Potter in the release, commenting, “Sometimes the most familiar can become a new and interesting subject for a painting, especially when I can capture in subtle color and painterly detail their essence as in my Ball Jar paintings.”

The exhibition will also feature her portrait art and include what the artist calls her “wall of women” presenting 20 portraits of women who are friends, family and acquaintances. “So many think of portrait art as being solely the domain of oil painting,” notes Potter, adding, “But what I want to show is how dramatic and effective watercolor can be in showing the enormous variety and beauty of the human face.”

The Greenwich Art Society Gallery is located at 299 Greenwich Ave., Second Floor, Greenwich. For more information visit the Society’s website or call 203-629-1533.

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