The public is invited to attend an opening reception Saturday, May 25 from 5:00 to 7:00 at the internationally recognized Addison Art Gallery, 43 Route 28, Orleans. The exhibit for the Opening Season Open House includes new plein air and studio paintings. Amy Sanders will be demonstrating her fine, award-winning pastel techniques and Jonathan McPhillips will be showing the process behind his atmospheric oils. This will be a great opportunity to see two established teachers working in a casual setting. Questions and comments from viewers of all ages always welcome.
Amy Sanders Truro artist Amy Sanders paints richly detailed paintings, capturing the serenity and beauty of nature. She portrays the power of the ocean and bay, the peaceful and fragile landscape of the pine woods and dunes, the intricacies of tidal pools, the joy of beach goers, and the changing atmosphere of the Outer Cape.
Amy is a pastelist. As a dry pigment, using skillful layering of the pastels allows light to bounce among the particles creating the radiance and intricacy that define her work.
An award-winning artist, Amy is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, and a respected art juror in the art show circuit. Her work resides in collections throughout New England and abroad. She enjoys commissioned work and has completed successful commissions for Seamen’s Bank, Wellfleet Congregational Church, Truro Historical Society, Christian Union Church of Truro and numerous private clients.
Artist’s Statement “While painting I become drawn into the scene. It’s an extraordinary sensation where I can feel the sand between my toes, smell the salt air, or hear the roar of the ocean. To bring that sensation to others is my primary goal. I paint and am not a professional photographer because of the unique difference that painting brings to the scene. Many work is highly realistic, with edges softer and colors richer than photographs. There is also a depth that one does not find in a photograph. Objects in the distance have smoother edges and less detail — more typical of how the eye sees than a camera. While I often use photographs for reference, there is a richer emotion from the spectacular beauty of a scene when creating painting, that I hope carries through to the viewer.” — Amy Sanders
Jonathan McPhillips graduated from Connecticut College in 1993 with a Cum Laude Distinction in Fine Art. Jonathan’s artwork has evolved into a celebration of coastal New England. Working equally in the studio and on location, his work includes the harbors, beaches, vessels, and architecture of our coastal marine environment.
Recent accomplishments include three awards in three juried shows at the Salmagundi Club, NY, NY, in 2018. Jonathan also received signature status in The American Impressionists Society in 2018. He held several workshops last year including locations in Watch Hill, RI and Hilton Head, SC. Jonathan also continues to be invited by the U.S. Department of State to participate in the “Art in Embassies” program which has sent his work to U.S. embassies around the globe.
Artist’s Statement "Each painting is a problem to solve, or a puzzle to piece together; a playful, yet serious endeavor, and a celebration of our surroundings. There is no greater reward than knowing that a painting has captivated a friend or a stranger. We see many things everyday with heightened digital clarity, yet original artwork always conveys a sense of mystery and magic for all. I see painting as an unspoken and unwritten way to connect our hearts and minds through depictions of shared experience." Jonathan McPhillips