The Blue Mountain Gallery in Chelsea is presenting a series of paintings by Helene Manzo for an exhibition titled Singular Obsessions: Paintings and Monotypes. For this show, Manzo offers paintings that illustrate scenes of nature and life on Earth. Some of them reflect different seasons such as Shadows Hold Their Breath featuring a stream of water flowing between the ground covered in snow. Trees with bare or just a few red and yellow leaves can be seen in the background. Pieces such as Roxbury Spring represent the spring season in full bloom with a vibrant blend of colorful flowers growing together in bright green grass.
Most notably, a piece titled Patte Clove Revisited, Music Without Words beautifully captures a fast moving waterfall hitting the rocks and making the viewer feel as though he or she can hear the water swiftly crashing down. Manzo’s inspiration for this show comes from deep observations of energy and prosperity in our natural environment.
Manzo founded the Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, New York and she is a member of the Monotype Guild of New England and the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Connecticut. Manzo was accepted into the Boston Printmakers North American Print Biennial 2011 at the Danforth Museum of Art in Massachusetts. Jim Dine was the juror for the Biennial and awarded a juror’s prize to Manzo for her Monotype painting Monarda, one of the works featured in this show.
At The Blue Mountain Gallery, 530 W. 25th St., through Nov. 23rd. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. There will be an opening reception Saturday, Nov. 2nd from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.