Shapes and colors define gallery display

“Planting in the Paddy,” by Karen Williams (left) and this abstract acrylic by Susan Ramsey (right) are among the works in the January exhibit at the Rappahannock Art League Studio Gallery, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock.

The January windows at Kilmarnock’s Rappahannock Art League’s Studio Gallery, 19 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, get the new year off to a grand start with the inspired compositions of two members.

Window selections by Karen Williams, an artist who works exclusively in oils, show the Kilmarnock resident’s fascination with realism, reported Elaine Tait.

An illustration of William’s artistry is “Planting in the Paddy,” a moody depiction of two workers laboring in a rice paddy. The picture inspired by a photograph taken by her husband placed first in a regional exhibition at the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts. Another artwork in the window shows the distinctive shapes of floating autumn leaves achieving a rich, tapestry-like pattern.

Susan Ramsey decided to master watercolor painting after moving to Sharps, said Tait.

In the three abstract acrylics in her window, colors and shapes are combined in ways that invite the viewer to imagine the artist’s inspiration. Adding to the window’s appeal are imaginative accent containers designed by her husband, Ed Ramsey.