Summertime is in full bloom outside in Shelburne village and indoors at Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery with the new exhibition, “Bloom: Paintings by Kate Longmaid” on view through Aug. 21.
“Bloom” focuses on floral still-life oils rendered with Longmaid’s contemporary approach. “I am drawn to subject matter that is ephemeral,” Longmaid explains. “Flowers remind us of the transient nature and beauty of life. They beckon us to embrace the moment, to celebrate the beauty around us, to come into bloom.”
The Shelburne artist says her recent paintings traced the unfolding of spring in a succession of blooms: daffodils, flowering quince, peonies, iris.
“I have approached these paintings as portraits, attempting to capture the singular beauty of each flower as well as the rich array of color, shape, and texture of flowers assembled together,” she said.
Longmaid has also been recognized for her portraiture. In 2010 she was one of eight women selected for the Women to Watch exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.
Born outside of Philadelphia, Longmaid earned her B.A. at the University of Michigan. Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the U.S. and Canada.
Furchgott Sourdiffe is located at 86 Falls Road. Information: fsgallery.com, 985-3848.