NEW PRESTON — Join the Loft Gallery as it hosts works by Newtown watercolorist, Grace Scharr McEnaney. The Loft Gallery will highlight a wide range of her work, mixing traditional detailed images from her travels both near and far, with more vivid, imaginative abstract pieces, as the two styles balance and play off of each other quite beautifully.

An opening reception will take place on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. Guests can meet the artist, view her stunning artwork, enjoy light fare and wine, and listen to live jazz. The reception is free and open to the community.

It has been a joyfully long and winding road that has led Grace to fine art painting in watercolor, and this journey is now exploring new possibilities. Our exhibition follows her path through florals, still life, sacred stone structures, and more recently, imaginary intuitive images. Grace’s watercolors’ flexibility reaches through methods, styles, and subjects, exploring what contemporary watercolor is and can be.

Grace Scharr McEnaney is a contemporary watercolor painter living and working in Connecticut. Her work ranges from representational depictions of stone structures, still life, and florals to more recently, imaginary abstract studies. Whether representational or expressionistic, in each of her paintings, Grace strives to reveal the powerful essence and energy found in all things. Prior to becoming a fine artist, she spent several decades working in technical illustration and advertising as well as book jacket and graphic design. She has a degree in Applied Arts from Fashion Institute of Technology, University of Connecticut, and The New York School of Interior Design. Grace is a watercolor instructor at The Wethersfield Academy for the Arts in Wethersfield, Arts Escape in Southbury, and privately in Newtown. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, N.Y., and has won multiple awards for her work in watercolor.

Grace looks forward to continuing to share her work with others through both exhibiting and teaching, and currently teaches at The Wethersfield Academy for the Arts, Arts Escape, Southbury, and privately in Newtown.

“My paintings vary in subject matter and reflect, interpret and represent my world as I am busy living in it. While describing through light, form and texture, internal relationships emerge and engage through the glistening values of the watercolor medium. As a result, a painting unfolds, illuminating a memorable, personal life experience both real and imagined.”

For more information visit www.gracescharrmcenaney.com/about.

The Loft Gallery is located on the second floor of The Smithy, 10 Main Street, New Preston. For more information, please contact Susan at (860) 868-9003 or go to www.thesmithystore.com and visit us on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Connecticut Media Group