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Four different brushstrokes at Tacoma’s Mavi Contemporary Art

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on July 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm with No Comments »
July 5, 2011 3:26 pm

Mavi Contemporary Art in Tacoma’s Merlino Building has four good painters on show right now, each using very different strokes. Nina Weiss, the featured artist in the main space, paints wide landscapes, realistic but tinged with pink so that skies get pearly and rivers turn pale blue. Weiss, a Chicago artist, relies heavily on black edging for her lush trees and rocks, which gets a little monotonous, but her water shimmers with ethereally reflected light, and her brushwork is smooth, creating intense, Klee-like colors.

In the back spaces are three of Mavi’s usual artists, each with individual brushstrokes. William Turner uses a broad brush for his highly close-up acrylic landscapes, turned almost abstract with flat perspective and vividly juxtaposed color fields of aqua, tangerine and apple green. William Quinn paints fluffy gouache edges and vaguely menacing blots, while Christopher Mathie’s thin, rain-like strokes pull in memories of water and reflected light.

Mavi’s latest show is open 2-7 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through July 17 at 502 6th Ave., Tacoma. Free. 253-759-6233, www.mavicontemporary.com


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