July 18--MADISON -- The sizable exhibit "From Shore to Sail" opens today at the Susan Powell Fine Art gallery, and it features some intriguing works, not the least of which is Dan Brown's "At the Shore."
The detailed oil-on-panel, 15- by 16-inch painting, known as a "trompe l'oeil," meaning it tricks the eye into thinking an illusion is real, features antique postcards of Madison from the turn of the century and then paints the oils using the smallest brushes -- lending a 3-D quality. A gallery official said that viewers want to touch Brown's paintings because they're tricked into thinking the postcards are real.
The exhibit, meanwhile, at 679 Boston Post Road, consists of 75 paintings by 21 artists and runs from today through Aug. 10. A public reception will be held to meet the artists 5-8 p.m. today and introduce these works that celebrate summer and evoke memories of days spent at the shore's beaches, rivers, marshes, dunes and sea.
The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays to Saturdays; noon to 3 p.m. Sundays; and any time by appointment. Call 203-318-0616 or visit www.susanpowellfineart.com.
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