Reta Sweeney’s Passages in Paint exhibit at Twenty-Two Gallery includes several paintings from a trip to an island off Puerto Rico as a guest of Glenn Curry, editor of Art Matters Magazine. The deal was to help spruce up a guest house and then have time to paint, a cool gig especially when your friends like Doris Peltzman, Betz Green, Barbara Keogh and others are there to help. The glow of light in her tropical paintings is a lively counterpoint to the woodsy East Coast landscapes. The body of work on display pays tribute to Sweeney’s trained eye and finely skilled hand, just beautiful.
The Second Friday art crawl in Center City offers several destinations, Twenty-Two Gallery consistently presents interesting installations featuring local artists. Reta Sweeney’s drew a crowd of Philly artists and friends in support of her one-woman show of paintings; Reta’s core group of friends are all dedicated artists who enjoy taking trips to study and paint. Diane Podolsky curated the show with Shawn Murray, the installation is subtle yet utilizes and activates as much space as possible, even hanging paintings back to back in the window.
Meeting of the Board II, oil, 16 x 16″, Reta Sweeney @ Twenty-Two Gallery.
Kumquats, oil, Reta Sweeney @ Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia through September 3rd, 2010.
Photos by DoNBrewerPhotography.