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Tranquil Visions in Widener Art Gallery

November 8, 2012

By Autumn Heisler ‘15

Paintings hanging in the Widener University Art Gallery show that mixtures of blues, reds, oranges, and greens are more than simple strokes of a paintbrush.

A new exhibit, 2 Visions of Tranquility, a collection of more than 40 works by Richard E. Goldberg and Barbara J. Zucker, opened this week and will be on display until December 15.

One distinct feature I noticed about Goldberg’s paintings is his use of sky. The majority of the works displayed in the gallery show a vast, open sky created with blues, pinks, greens, and yellows. The subjects of the pieces take shape on the lower portion of canvas, creating a world of tranquil peace and calm harmony. Goldberg’s “Her Hat” is a fantastic example of his use of sky as a symbol of peace as it blankets over the world.

Zucker, on the other hand, employs reds, oranges, and violets to create her world of tranquility. Where Goldberg utilized the sky, Zucker enhances the sea. Her works at the exhibit center around bodies of water, a small salt-water pond from Maine in particular, that stress the beauty and reflection in the world around us. Her piece entitled “Wonsqueak: Late Afternoon” is breathtaking. The vibrant oranges and reds mixed with the blues of the lake capture the vision of peace, as the sun sets and welcomes night. Her painting “Evening, Sea, and Clouds” from 2011 is pictured above.

Chaos and Tranquility,” a discussion of elements required for structural balance in both paintings and brains will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 10 in Room C in University Center.  A reception will follow in the Art Gallery from 2-4 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to view the works and talk to the artists about individual pieces.

The Widener Art Gallery is located on the main floor of University Center. It is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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