Zanes & Saaf Exhibition at Stone Church

Imaginary Gardens and Village Life is the theme that inspires the current work of artists Donald Saaf and Julia Zanes, on display through December 31 at the Chapel Gallery at Immanuel Episcopal Church at 20 Church Street in Bellows Falls. The Chapel Gallery is a program of Stone Church Arts. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saaf will present new paintings based on village life in southern Vermont and on the natural world. Zanes will show new large paintings of imaginary, idealized gardens.

Zanes' work is allegorical in theme and richly patterned. Each painting is a tapestry of color, pattern, and imagery, and each has a narrative open to interpretation by the viewer. Zanes works in layers, creating an intricate collage of gum print and digital photographs, papers and painted areas, and finishing with an almost transparent glaze. The luster of the final glaze adds to the otherworldly quality of Zanes' poetic imagery.

Zanes writes: "I look for a painting that doesn't grow old, makes good use of color and pattern and can ward off evil."

Working in oil, gouache, and collage, Saaf's work features vibrant colors and curious, simple surroundings that make each painting a tantalizing environment with an oddly curious feel.

In addition to his paintings on panel and canvas, Saaf's colorful illustrations appear in numerous children's books.

Stone Church Arts is a concert series and art gallery. For more information call 463-3100 or email sca@sover.net.

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