“Why We Paint”

"Lillie's Refuge" watercolor by Betty Barss

"Lillie's Refuge" watercolor by Betty Barss

“Why We Paint”
Original small works from each Art & Soul Gallery artist,
Framed by Peter Alexander Stone


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At Art & Soul Gallery our annual New Year’s exhibit features one small work from each artist in the gallery, framed by the gallery’s new owner, Peter Stone.

This year the theme is, “Why we paint!” As the new owner of the gallery, I’ve been curious to discover how each artist got started painting. So a few months ago I started asking each of them this question, “Why do you paint?” or “What was your first inspiration?” The variety of and beauty of the stories that emerged is quite impressive.


Stop by the gallery to see the original work each artist has created in response to my query and read their stories in their own words. I promise you’ll be moved and inspired!

February 5th, First Friday, we’ll offer our new Covid-19 style reception from 3 -7 pm. Make an appointment to see these delightful paintings, read the stories about whey each artists paints and talk to the framer about the collaborative process of fine art framing. You can view other works by these artists on the gallery’s website and YouTube channel.

The exhibit will remain on display from January 7th – February 27th.

Current hours:
The gallery’s temporary hours are Thursday – Saturday from 12 – 5 and by appointment.

Online Appointments:  https://artandsoulgallery.com/appointments/

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What happens when you ask 23 artists why they paint? Mayhem ensues! Half of them don’t want to answer the question, half of them embark on a dissertation length story and half of them answer the questions with one word or sentence which is probably clever and most likely unintelligible. (And yes, there are three halves in every group of artists.) But seriously what follows is a rich tapestry of wisdom and individuality. Some paint because their grandparents did, some came to it rather late in life but all can’t imagine life without artistic expression. And who wants to imagine a life without art?