"THE BALANCE BETWEEN: JAMES WILSON RAYEN AND CHERYL CLINTON"
Fountain Street Fine Art
59 Fountain Street
October 11 - November 4, 2012
by Meredith Cutler (for Artscope Magazine)
A grid of small, photo-‐transfer canvases in progress on the studio wall dance with botanical ghost marks, both hidden and revealed under layers of acrylic and gel medium. While preparing for her October show with venerable landscape painter James Wilson Rayen, Fountain Street Fine Art (FSFA) gallery co-director Cheryl Clinton simultaneously tends her crop of small works destined for the cooperative gallery's first annual "CSArt" this fall. Shorthand for "Community Supported Art," CSArt functions much as the “CSA” (Community Supported Agriculture) does in the farmers’ marketplace, where a limited number of advance shares are sold to raise “seed money” for a crop. At harvest time, shareholders receive equal portions; in FSFA's case, one original work each by six participating local artists.
Much like farming, CSArt requires many hours of hands-on labor for the participating artists, who have each committed 30 original, signed works to the yield. According to Clinton, the methodical process involved in tending her energetic small works balances well with the slow-cooked, heavily layered canvases she has slated for “The Balance Between,” her double billing with Rayen.
Image: James Wilson Rayen, "Time, That Thief is Passing", oil on canvas, 48" x 48".