“Four Women Four Expressions” is the title of an exhibition currently on view through April 27 at the Yocum Institute for Art Education. Featuring the paintings of Audrey Bordonaro, Amy Schade, Donna Unger, and Charlene Jobe, the exhibition abounds with vibrant colors, abstract compositions, and gestural themes of still life and nature.
Over time, each of the four artists pursued their distinct muse and frequently showed their work throughout the region. Moreover, it is interesting to see how much they have in common, regarding their mutual concern for the force of beauty and the power of nature, their calm or contemplative subject matter while recommending a technical appreciation of line, surface and of the tone. Apart from the chance of collective exhibitions, this is the first time that they have exhibited together.
Audrey Bordonaro’s work oscillates between realism and abstraction, with abstraction taking the lion’s share. For one piece, an untitled acrylic provides a swirling, stormy background with splatters of gold paint that embellish a dramatic mix of red and black colors.
To the left is a suggestion of a column worked in darkness, upon which the silhouette of a person leans against the pillar. At top left, a beam of light enters like a ray of hope.
Reading artist Amy Schade’s intuitive landscapes are both frenetic in their gestures and simple in their compositions. Areas are cleverly separated and flattened in complementary colors with custom surfaces.
A painting like “Appearance,” for example, depicts things in the real world, a field of light blue snow, a curiously yellow sky, and two crumbling bushes. A simple composition, but their highly stylized approach reinterprets their subjects into textured brushwork with linear touches.
The same can be said for ‘Boat Houses’, with its lower two thirds rich in variegated blues and a dripping of wild black. The structures are dark, merely hinted at, considered more of a buffer for the towering cadmium scarlet sky.
Donna Unger’s reflective abstractions are more accurately non-representative. “River of Doubt”, for its part, is an acrylic on canvas, a white and steel gray vortex of spontaneous free gesture infused with veins of gold and black. Part of a series, it seems, other pieces in the show follow the same direction using different colors, each carefully muted and contemplative.
A few works insert small tiles into the composition as a structuring device that gives the work a physical presence. “Enchantment”, for another example, is infused with a golden copper glow and separated into slopes of rich brown, the tiles in an orderly grid.
Charlene Jobe’s lush flowers in acrylic depart from more common watercolor techniques by injecting both realism and abstraction into the work. Using an innate sense of line and color, his paintings have an energy reminiscent of other art movements.
“Between Two Worlds” does just that as a cascade of red flowers drifts over an abstract backdrop of yellow and purple with crossovers to Chinese Flower Painting and Ab-Ex too rich to ignore.
A strong exhibition of painting with a kinship with color and a penchant for texture, this exhibition offers a look at four artists from the region not to be missed.
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If you are going to
Exhibition: “Four Women” by Audrey Bordonaro, Amy Schade, Donna Unger and Charlene Jobe.
Where: The Yocum Institution for Arts Education is located at 3000 Penn Ave., Spring Township.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
For more information: Call 610-376-1576 or visit www.institute-of-arts.org for more information.
In the galleries
Reading Eagle correspondent Ron Schira’s must-haves in regional galleries this week:
“Four Women,” Yocum Institute for Arts Education, 3000 Penn Ave., Spring Township, through April 27.
“Wabi Sabi: Celebrating Simple Beauty,” Studio B, 39A E. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown, until present.
“Legacy, a Faculty & Alumni Showcase,” Project Room, Freedman Gallery of Albright College, 13th and Bern Streets, to Present.
“Philadelphia Tri-State Artists Equity 70th Anniversary Juried Members Exhibition,” GoggleWorks Cohen Gallery, 201 Washington St., through April 27.
“Jonathan Lippincott: Critic and Curator,” New Arts Program, 173 W. Main St., Kutztown, through April 28.
“Fragile Beauty: Contemporary Glassworks” by Will Dexter, Main Room of the Freedman Gallery at Albright College, 13th and Bern Streets, until present.
“Dutch Golden Age: Prints by Rembrandt and His Contemporaries,” Reading Public Museum, 500 Museum Road, through May 5.
“Passport to Asia: Works from the Collection”, Reading Public Museum, 500 Museum Road, until July 31.
“Romancing the Hat” by Helen Reinhold, Art Plus Gallery, 604 Penn Ave., West Reading until April 31.
“Tamu Ngina,” Project Wall, New Arts Program, 173 W. Main St., Kutztown, through July 14.