High Country Trees by Dave Kaphammer

On Sunday, March 7, The Westboro Gallery will celebrate the opening of its latest show, “Drawing the Light,” by pastel artist Dave Kaphammer.  An opening reception will be held from 2-5pm at the gallery’s satellite space at Tatnuck Bookseller and Café, 18 Lyman Street in Westboro.  The reception is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.  The exhibit will be on display at Tatnuck Bookseller from March 7 through May 29, 2010.

Kaphammer’s portfolio covers a breadth of subjects—from spectacular New England scenes such as the verdant hillsides of Pomfret, Connecticut and the storm-churned water of Casco Bay in Maine—to the quiet calm of Institute Park in Worcester.

The artist’s paintings also span all seasons, and he is equally adept at capturing the rich, vibrant hues of a brisk fall day and the bitter cold of a gently trodden snowfall, as evidenced by “Autumn on the Pond” and “Red Path at Twilight”.  Other works reflect the time Kaphammer spent out west; “Foothills Color”, for instance, captures perfectly the illusive interface between the mountains and plains in Colorado, while “High Mountain Shack” and “Hall Ranch Shadows” show the brilliant high country light and evergreen forests.

A resident of Westboro, Dave Kaphammer has been drawing all his life.  His formal art education started at the Worcester Art Museum, where he studied still life, portrait, and figure drawing.  He was finally drawn to pastel painting by Ella Delyanis, a well known pastel painter and teacher at the Museum.  Pastels were a perfect medium to begin painting with color while maintaining the intimate feel of drawing.  Working mainly from his own photographs, the artist explores the local landscape, looking for scenes to use as inspiration for paintings.  He uses color and light to create an inviting depiction of a place that makes the viewer wish to step into the frame.  Looking at the world with this idea in mind makes it more beautiful and interesting, and the artist hopes to bring that same feeling to the viewer and collector.  According to the artist, “my idea is to see the magic and beauty in places and scenes that most people pass by without noticing, and bring it to life in pastel painting”.  And through his unique use of color and pigment, Kaphammer’s scenes—whether they are realistic portraitures or lush, green landscapes—do indeed seem to “come alive” and jump off the canvas, inviting the observer to linger for a moment and get lost in the scene.

Dave Kaphammer also has studied pastel painting with Gretchen Acharya in Boulder Colorado, and Jeanne Smith of Sudbury Massachusetts.  He has had several successful solo shows at Booklovers’ Gourmet in Webster Massachusetts.  He has participated in juried shows at the Post Road Art Center in Marlborough where he recently won the People’s Choice Award, and is currently a member of the Westboro Gallery.  His art is currently exhibited at the Westboro Gallery and Tatnuck Booksellers in Westborough.  To learn more about Dave Kaphammer and his art, visit http://www.davekaphammerart.com/index.php

The Westboro Gallery (<http://www.westborogallery.com/> ) presents works by established and talented emerging Central New England artists and artisans. Since 1998 the not-for-profit cooperative’s mission has been to bring art to the community and to support its members, enabling them to show and sell their work. The gallery also sponsors a high school art scholarship and presents occasional cultural and educational events for the public.

The board of directors examines portfolios and works of those wishing to be juried in for membership at its monthly meetings. The gallery’s satellite exhibition space at Tatnuck Bookseller & Café in Westboro also regularly displays work for sale by gallery artists and artisans in group shows that change periodically.  Westboro’s newest restaurant, Tavolino’s, also showcases selected artworks by gallery artists.

The Westboro Gallery and the exhibition space at Tatnuck Bookseller & Café both are wheelchair accessible, with parking at the door.