A Visual Feast

Area artists serve up a smorgasbord of food-inspired works

 

We eat with our eyes, the old maxim goes. For visual artists, truer words were never spoken. And what better muse for the visual imagination than the myriad shapes, colors and textures of fruits and vegetables: the jagged stripes on a melon’s rind, the pinwheel sections of an orange’s pulp, yellow corn kernels neatly aligned on an oblong cob, and a perennial favorite among artists, the curves of a pear sheathed in a smooth green — or sometimes rosy —  skin? A still life of a set table can suggest familial harmony or discord, silent gratitude or the moment that a romantic spark ignites between two souls. A Falstaffian feast laden with game and fowl tells a story of prosperity, conviviality — or gluttony. The proverbial sweat on a wine bottle, the steam rising from a cup of coffee create quiet reflective moods. The red-and-white swirl on a candy cane, the wavy crimps of a pie crust elicit warm childhood memories, while the larger-than-life label of a tomato soup can raises questions about consumption. We invited several artists — many of them familiar to readers of the magazine — to submit works celebrating food. For, after all, to celebrate food is to celebrate life. And life, as you’ll see on pages that follow, is a banquet. Bon appétit!  — Nancy Oakley

 

 

Chip Holton, untitled mural, Green Valley Grill

 

Agnes Preston-Brame, Bosc and Anjou, 14.5 x 15 inches, charcoal on paper

 

Alexis Lavine, Good Fortune, transparent watercolor on cold pressed paper, 15 x 11 inches

 

Rachel Campbell, Still Life with Bread and Confectionary After Flegel, oil on canvas 30 x 24 inches

 

William Mangum, Ham’s, oil

 

Bethany Pierce, Cherries Macabre, 16 x 20 inches

 

Richard Fennell, Still Life, 2008, oil on canvas, 40 x 48 inches

 

Rachel Rees, Untitled, oil on canvas, 8 x 9 inches

 

Scott Raynor, Study in Teals and Green, oil on paper

 

Bethany Pierce, Happy!, 2011, oil on panel, 24 x 36 inches

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