The Hippo


May 24, 2020








Sandy Wadlington art, “Near the Border.” Courtesy photo.

“East & West” 

Where: McGowan Fine Art, 2 Phenix Ave., Concord 
When: On view Feb. 20 through April 13, with an artist reception on Friday, Feb. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m., and an artist demonstration on Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and by appointment. 
More info:, 225-2515

A change of scenery
Exhibition features landscapes from east to west

By Angie Sykeny

 For Bradford landscape artist Sandy Wadlington, it’s difficult to pinpoint what attracts her to a particular scene. Having lived in both New England and the western part of the country, she has a portfolio that  includes everything from flatland to rural farm landscapes. 

“I look at color, light, composition and atmosphere and paint things that for whatever reason [are] impossible to define, catch my eye and are exciting or interesting to me,” she said. 
From Feb. 20 to April 13, McGowan Fine Art in Concord will showcase Wadlington’s work in a solo exhibition titled “East & West.” It will include around 20 of her recently created oil paintings, charcoal drawings and color woodblock prints depicting western landscapes in Texas and California and eastern landscapes from around New England. 
Growing up in Massachusetts, Wadlington discovered her passion for art at a young age and studied art at the Museum School in Boston and Massachusetts College of Art. Later, she moved west and spent time in Texas and California, where she created art inspired by the western landscape. She moved back east to New Hampshire 28 years ago and has continued her work doing New England landscapes while still doing some western landscapes during visits to see family. 
Her New England pieces reflect forests, farm land and coastal scenes, often set in the winter. 
“I like the winter a lot because you can see more variety because of the snow,” Wadlington said, “whereas in the summer, everything is too green and it’s hard to differentiate stuff.” 
Wadlington did much of her past work with pastels but has recently veered away from pastels to focus on oil painting and color woodblock printing. She uses a Japanese method of woodblock printing called “hanga” in which she carves each block of wood based on where the colors and shapes are needed and prints each color individually in layers using a water-based pigment or ink, creating a watercolor-like effect. 
“There are certain landscapes — ones with something atmospheric that fades away, like clouds or fog or a mist — that I think, ‘Wow, this really lends itself to be a good woodblock print,’ because with woodblock, you can control the amount of ink you put on the block,” Wadlington said. 
One of the larger pieces in the show, “Near the Border,” depicts a large red farm on a hill, which Wadlington came across during a trip to Canada, close to the border. 
“Something about it just struck me,” she said. “Something about how beautiful the colors and shapes of it were.” 
Other pieces in the show include “Mid-Winter Evening,” which depicts a Concord farm, nestled in a grove of trees, and “A Trip to Fort Davis,” a twilight mountainscape in west Texas. 
Wadlington said she hopes her art will spark a desire in others to create art of their own. 
“It’d be nice if people saw my work and felt like they wanted to go home and try painting for themselves,” she said. “I like when people get inspired. Inspiring each other is what life is all about.” 

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