Lamplight Gallery’s current featured artist, Barbara Gustaveson, has caught the warmth and playfulness of summer in her displayed work, while guest artist Laura Archer has gone for the serene chill of the season’s polar opposite. Together, the work feels like a perfectly balanced trip through an entire year, giving observers the chance to savor the charms of each.
Some of Gustaveson’s work pays direct homage to summer, including a set of warm, subtly varied shell closeups and a pair of freestanding paintings showing an adult and child having a relaxing day on the beach.
Even the less directly connected, however, seem to carry a bit of the season’s light with them. Her flower series is in the full bloom of early summer, green without the punishing heat, while her European scenes glow with the warmth of a beautiful June day. They’re a vacation of the imagination, without having to worry about tickets.
Laura Archer’s relief prints, on the other hand, are more reflective of the cool elegance of winter. Even when the black and white pieces are of plants, or other traditionally summery items, the thick curves and stark contrasts suggest a leafless tree against the snow.
Despite the texturing, there’s also a sense of weight and stillness to the works. They’re pockets of silence in a world of color and noise, just like a perfect winter morning.