The juried winter art show at Silvana Gallery in Glendale comprises mostly paintings categorized as landscape, figurative, still life and contemporary, and some very nice sculpture entries, which are inventive and skillfully executed.
The painting categories are a little bit weak as far as variety within, but each category has a couple of paintings that stand out because of the willingness of the artists to push the edge of average. Vahe Yeremyan's landscape entry titled "Dreamy Trees" is uniquely composed with a zoomed-in perspective of tree trunks and branches that form a veil through which the viewer sees a cold wintry sky. The cool atmosphere is offset by the warm browns and grays of the woods, and green of the residual foliage. The lacquer-bright finish and warm palette are reminiscent of Flemish masters. This is an atypical landscape configuration that is quite engaging.
Olga Geoghegan's entry in the figurative category titled "My Aunt's Apples" is chunky with impasto. Its figure stands out of a dichromatic creamy background offset by her long, pink, full skirts. She appears to be swishing to and fro as she balances apples gathered in her skirt lap. The motion and energy of Geoghegan's composition is charming.