The Blue Mountain Gallery in Chelsea is currently presenting an exhibition by Margaret Grimes called Passages. For this show, Grimes offers 10 new paintings that illustrate the trees surrounding her studios in Connecticut and Maine.
The trees symbolize the cycle of life and different stages of evolution. For instance, a piece titled Red October is one that’s bursting with a bright pink background and trees with the yellow and orange leaves that the season of Autumn brings. Contrarily, paintings like Emergence bestow a much softer tone with a very pale blue shade of paint glazing over faint images of tall tree trunks in the forest. The only part that stands out is a cluster of bold green leaves flowing in the wind.
The painting Darkness Visible, also depicts trees in a forest but with darker colors, as the name suggests, and conveys a deep somberness. Similarly, a piece titled Babba Yaga, is a complex one portraying the legendary, elderly witch in Slavic folklore.
Margaret Grimes received her M.F.A. degree at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a member of the National Academy of Design. Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally in many museums and galleries over the years. At The Blue Mountain Gallery, 530 W. 25th St., through Mar. 22nd. The gallery is open Tues.—Sat. from 11 a.m.—6 p.m.