Shelburne café expands, makes room for art

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Paintings by Lynda Reeves McIntyre are on view at Shelburne’s Village Wine and Coffee gallery and conference room, the first art exhibition since the café recently expanded. This desert scene is from McIntyre’s Abiquiu series.

New paintings by Shelburne artist Lynda Reeves McIntyre are on exhibit in the newly expanded Village Wine and Coffee through July 30.

The collection titled “Azores to Abiquiu” was inspired by the ocean, winds and desert in her travels in the Azores of Portugal, Hawaii’s island of Kauai and the Abiquiu Desert of New Mexico. She painted on site and during an artist residency at Moulin à Nef in Auvillar, France.

A winner of numerous awards for her work, Reeves McIntyre is a professor emeritus in studio art and former chair of the University of Vermont’s Department of Art and Art History.

McIntyre said she is “delighted and privileged” to be the first to exhibit in “a beautiful space and a joyous place for community to come together.”

The artist recalled how some of her earlier work was shown when the café first opened about 15 years ago. “I was the first exhibitor at the original shop and now feel honored to again to be the initial exhibition in celebration of this expanded venture,” she said.

The works presented come from a larger group of ocean- and desert-inspired paintings completed last fall and winter when McIntyre was an artist resident in France.

The pieces are smaller-scale McIntyre’s typical paintings. “The logistics of travel and working on-site required that I carry all my supplies, keeping as light as possible and thus the scale of these works was restricted,” she explained. “People may be familiar with my larger poured canvases. I have attempted to bring the gesture, dance and spirit of my larger scale works to these smaller and more intimate paintings.”

She said the abstract nature of her creations comes from her desire to capture the unique yet fleeting atmosphere and feeling of a place and time rather than its actual look.

A percentage of the sales from the paintings will go to local nonprofits, McIntyre said. Later this summer, McIntyre plans a larger version of the exhibition on Martha’s Vineyard.

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