Summer of Change is an exhibition of oil paintings by Lydia Corrow and Mathew Purdue at the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild in St. Johnsbury. It opens on March 4 and runs through April 22. Purdue and Corrow present differing but complementary interpretations of the Vermont landscape and its changing seasons.
Lydia Corrow has been making art -- drawing, painting, or weaving as long as she can remember. A longtime resident of the Northeast Kingdom, she draws inspiration from the color and textures found in the rural landscape's older buildings, especially barns. Travels out west have also provided material for her work. She is especially interested in translating the textures found in nature to the canvas. Colors in her work range from the red cliffs of the West to Vermont's greens, oranges and yellows. As a weaver, she experiments with various textures and colors to create her handwoven textiles.
She studied at Boston University's College of Fine Arts and at St. Michael's College. She has taught art and English as a second language in Vermont and Switzerland. Now retired, she has time again to devote to her own artistic endeavors.
Mathew Pardue's goal in painting is to understand the relationship between what is seen in the landscape and the feelings evoked in the viewer. This occurs through understanding the inner landscape of the artist and understanding how the viewer's eye feels each layer of the paintings. These paintings were painted at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne Vermont, where Mathew is employed as a cook at the Inn. As a cook understands the way flavors unfold on the tongue, so too a painter understands the way the eye perceives paintings. Each layer of painting is constructed with the idea that the eye melts into the painting, absorbing content and details, and creating a meal for the eyes.
Mathew Pardue studied at Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota Florida and at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan Ireland. He earned a culinary degree from the Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach Florida. He moved to Vermont seven years ago to focus on landscape oil paintings in the Lake Champlain environment and to redefine what it means personally to be a painter.