January 21, 2020 —Recently opened in the Kendal Gallery, are the works of watercolorist Sheila Eckstein. An artist reception is scheduled for Friday, April 7th at 4:30 PM in the Kendal at Oberlin Lounge. The show runs through May 15th.
This exhibit is a retrospective representing work Sheila has done over a period of forty-five years. It consists of paintings in the artist’s personal collection and some lent by private collectors.
In her preferred medium of transparent watercolor, with its possibilities of translucency and freshness, Sheila explores the wonders of nature. “I respond deeply to the sensations produced by the natural world around me,” she says. “My feelings are greatly affected by what I see when I look out of the window or walk in the woods or sit and paint in a garden. I want to capture on paper the mood of the subject or the essence of a moment. These are private paintings of my environment.”
“Another source of inspiration has been the landscape of the Southwest: one of sweeping skies, canyons, and desert with their subtle forms, changing light, and vast spaces. It is a landscape I have interpreted not in the literal sense, but have simplified into abstracted forms, expressing its quiet, timeless, and poetic aspects.”
Sheila Eckstein holds an A.B. from Wellesley College in History of Art and an M.A. from Harvard in Fine Arts. After she moved to Ohio, painting became her principal activity, and she exhibited extensively in invitational, juried, and one-person shows.
The exhibit is open to the public and located at Kendal at Oberlin ~ 600 Kendal Drive ~ Oberlin. The gallery is open from 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM daily.