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Local artists bring back summer
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“ABANDONED” by Alicia Jensen.  Photo by Jenniffer Wardell | Davis Clipper
“ABANDONED” by Alicia Jensen. Photo by Jenniffer Wardell | Davis Clipper

Associate Editor

BOUNTIFUL —  Winter may be coming, but inside Lamplight Gallery there’s still plenty of green to go around.

Alicia Jensen, the featured artist for November, has brought summer back to life in a collection of vivid watercolors full of bright blossoms and charming cottages. Viewing them together is like experiencing a vacation in the countryside, enough that you’re just a touch mournful when you have to step back into the chill outside.

Jensen’s primary fascination is with sunflowers, whether they be the wild, beautifully detailed tangles in “Birdseed” or the cheerful gatekeepers of an equally colorful house in “Welcoming.” She seems to saturate each one with color, as if they were actually holding the sunlight in their petals.

Other work exhibits a more delicate touch, particularly the excellent “Old Barn.” The elegantly twisting branches of a just-budding tree give the entire piece an almost graceful feeling, a mood echoed in the vaguely church-like look of the barn. It’s not a flashy scene, but the beauty of it shines through.  

Artists D. Joseph Hutchinson and Mitchel F. Hutchinson, the guest artists for November, create works that venture a little further into the wilder parts of the outdoors. Their loose, light watercolors bring to life forests and the open plain, secret places seemingly off the beaten trail.

D. Joseph Hutchinson, who signs his work D.J., has a particularly lovely touch with the reflection of light on the water. Mitchel Hutchinson gives his pieces a surprising amount of depth, as if you could walk forward into them.

Together, all three artists will make gallery visitors long for spring.
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