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MOVEMENT OF THE SEASONS

(November 2022)

Victoria Voner & Irene Stapleford

Victoria Voner and Irene Stapleford, both lifelong artists, with parents and grandparents who painted, carved, knitted, quilted, and demonstrated a love for making beautiful and useful things, have been friends and co-workers for more than a decade, but have never shown their paintings together until now. Gallery Z in Lowell will host “Movement of the Seasons,” a two-person showing from Oct 28 through Nov 20, 2022, with an opening reception Sunday, Nov 6 from 2-4pm.
Irene and Tory met in 2011 when they both began working as technical graphic artists and designers for MIT Lincoln Lab, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center based in Lexington, MA, which is nearly as exciting as it sounds. Both artists have pursued their passion for painting during their evenings and weekends, enjoying New England’s ever-changing scenery, landscape, seasons and color. “Movement of the Seasons” is a tribute to the natural beauty readily seen in Massachusetts, and a testament to two artists’ dedication to expression in acrylic paint, charcoal, and water media.
Both artists found landscape painting to be therapeutic and calming when the world turned upside down in 2020, with the pandemic moving people to turn inward, spend time alone, and especially to find comfort in the steady and timeless presence of the natural world. A great deal of progress in the artistic journey was made by both artists during this time, and they have each generated an engaging body of new work as a result. Tory works in her studio in Lowell and also travels around New England for plein air painting and drawing, and Irene works in her studio at home, at the Bradford Mill, and outdoors in her neighborhood in West Concord and other scenic spots in Boston and Maine.
These paintings speak to many aspects of landscape and the changing seasons: the gestural qualities of tree branches, colors of the sky, delicacy of flowers, movement of water, forms of shadow and light, and of course the peace and fulfillment found via spending time in nature. Both artists are looking forward to the conversation their works will have with each other on the gallery’s walls. Color, line, gesture, movement, energy, and painterly approach to landscape shine from each and every painting.

ART OF VICTORIA VONER

A Snowy Walk in the Woods

Acrylic, 18” x 36”

Victoria Voner, $750

Aurora Borealis in Snowy Mountains, left

Acrylic, 8” x 10”

Victoria Voner, $200

Aurora Borealis in Snowy Mountains, right

Acrylic, 10” x 10”

Victoria Voner, $250

Birch Tree in Fall

Acrylic, 12” x 36”

Victoria Voner, $800

Clouds Over Rocky Neck Beach

Acrylic and Egg Tempera, 9” x 12”

Victoria Voner, $225

Fall Trees in Watkins Glen

Egg Tempera, 11” x 14”

Victoria Voner, $250

Green Ferns in Fall

Egg Tempera, 11” x 14”

Victoria Voner, $275

Halibut Point State Reservation

Acrylic, 12” x 16”

Victoria Voner, $300

Mass Audubon Pleasant Valley in Spring

Egg Tempera, 12” x 9”

Victoria Voner, $250

October Mountain Falls, MA

Acrylic, 22” x 28”

Victoria Voner, $900

Ptown from N. Truro, MA

Acrylic and Egg Tempera, 11” x 14”

Victoria Voner, $250

Robert Treman State Park Waterfall

Acrylic, 20” x 40”

Victoria Voner, $1050

Shades of Labradorite

Acrylic, 11” x 14”

Victoria Voner, $300

Sunflowers for Peace in Ukraine

Acrylic, 8” x 10”

Victoria Voner, $200

Sunset at Parson’s Beach, Maine

Egg Tempera, 11” x 14”

Victoria Voner, $300

Watkins Glen, NY

Acrylic, 24” x 30”

Victoria Voner, $900

Art of Irene Stapleford

Last Vestiges of Snow

Acrylic and Charcoal

on cradled panel, 18 x 12″

Irene Stapleford $400

Winter Trees

End of the Road

acrylic and charcoal

on cradled panel, 12 x 18″

Irene Stapleford $400

Oaks Silvery Sky

acrylic on cradled panel, 12 x 12″

Irene Stapleford $300

Afternoon Trees

acrylic on cradled panel, 12 x 12″

Irene Stapleford $260

A Walk in the Park

acrylic and charcoal

on cradled panel, 18 x 12″

Irene Stapleford $400

Summertime

acrylic on cradled panel, 16 x 12″

Irene Stapleford $360

Maple Graceful

acrylic on cradled panel, 12 x 9″

Irene Stapleford $300

Oaks Study Blue and Green

acrylic on cradled panel, 9 x 12″

Irene Stapleford $260

Stately Oak Snowy Day

acrylic on cradled panel, 16 x 12″

Irene Stapleford $360

Neighbor’s Maple

acrylic on cradled panel, 12 x 12″

Irene Stapleford $360

Studio View Tree

acrylic and charcoal

on cradled panel, 12 x 12″

Irene Stapleford $300

Lovely Oak

acrylic and charcoal

on cradled panel, 24 x 24″

Irene Stapleford $700

Remnants

Tall Pines, Ghost House

acrylic and charcoal

on cradled panel, 36 x 24″

Irene Stapleford $900

Maples Glory

acrylic on cradled panel, 24 x 24″

Irene Stapleford $700

Spring Skies VIII

acrylic and charcoal

on cradled panel, 8 x 8″

Irene Stapleford $200

Pine Study Maine

acrylic on cradled panel, 6 x 6″

Irene Stapleford $140

Three Golden Trees

acrylic on cradled panel, 9 x 12″

Irene Stapleford $300

Oaks Study Blue and Green

acrylic on cradled panel, 9 x 12″

Irene Stapleford $260

Winter Woods

acrylic on cradled panel, 12 x 24″

Irene Stapleford $500

Wamer’s Pond Through Trees

acrylic on cradled panel, 12 x 24″

Irene Stapleford $400

Janice’s Oak

acrylic on cradled panel, 9 x 12″

Irene Stapleford $300

Through Green Trees

acrylic on cradled panel, 9 x 12″

Irene Stapleford $300

Oaks Silvery Sky

acrylic on cradled panel, 12 x 12″

Irene Stapleford $300

Autumn by the Water

acrylic on reclaimed

wood panel, 12 x 12″

Irene Stapleford $200

Spring View

Fort Pond Brook

acrylic on cradled panel, 12 x 12″

Irene Stapleford $300

Glowing Autumn Trees

acrylic on reclaimed

wood panel, 12 x 12″

Irene Stapleford $200

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