A.R.T. Featured Monthly Show

"The Sea And The Shore"

Pictures the Eternal Ocean

Capturing painterly “snapshots of eternity,” a two-month show of marine oil paintings by Christopher Volpe will open with a public reception from 5-8 p.m. during Portsmouth’s monthly “Art Round Town” gallery walk on Friday, January 5, at Kennedy Gallery and Framing.

Ranging in size from inches to feet, Volpe’s studio paintings often evolve from earlier studies and “plein air” work completed on location. Volpe describes his approach as “ideally, using the natural world as a metaphor for human experience.”

“I’m painting the ocean, but it feels more like I’m trying to make these little snapshots of eternity,” Volpe said. “Paintings can be an objective record of things people feel but can’t necessarily vocalize. For me, in this series I’m trying to express in contemporary terms what it feels like to experience our smallness in the face of the vastness of time and nature at its most elemental.”

The show’s title, Volpe explained, comes from a poem by Kahlil Gibran titled “Sand and Foam,” part of which reads, “The high tide will erase my foot-prints,/And the wind will blow away the foam,/But the sea and the shore will remain/Forever.”

“The Sea and the Shore” will remain on exhibit at Kennedy Gallery and Framing through the months of January and February. More information is available at www.kennedygalleryandframing.com, and Volpe’s work can also be seen at www.christophervolpe.com.

Art Round Town’s January/February Show: “The Sea And The Shore”**

** All paintings listed are framed with the exception on “Atlantic #3” which is gallery wrapped canvas