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ART REVIEW:

Foggy Brilliance

by LOUISE ROBERTS SHELDON
Anne Griffith covers a mulititude of subjects that exude joy and exuberance, an affirmation of the best in life. This is a show for springtime!
Would you like to get lost in the fog? Float on a glassy mirror between ghostly hulks of cargo ships and tugboats? Chase a gull on a pearly beach? Follow the bright orange flicker of a koi in dark blue waters?

You can visit the Resurgam Gallery at 910 South Charles Street where, through March 25, the show "Water" features Anne Griffith's oil paintings and Ann Hazels' ceramic sculptures.

Tugs, 22 X 28 inches
Griffith's painted works offer a variety of contrasting themes in bright color, while Hazels' ceramics form an enigmatic and sometimes amusing comparison.

On entering, one is struck by a powerful impression of painted luminescence, of peachy skies and sand, pale blue mists hugging the hulls of vast ships. Misty marsh paintings in yellows and greens do not stir emotions, but are serene and sunlit.

They complement each other in pairs. Griffith says that she is fascinated by water "because it has such power to energize and still, heal and jostle."

Stained Glass Sunrise, 16 X 20
Occasionally, the artist places a network of branches in the foreground of a landscape. In "Stained Glass Sunrise 2006," an interlacing of twigs and tree limbs covers a setting sun bursting with color. The tracery runs over the canvas edges of the unframed painting and achieves an enhancing effect.

In "Windy Gull" the bird, deftly acomplished with a few strokes of a small brush, stands on the beach before breaking waves. This is a mere sketch of a painting that gives a sense of elusive mistiness, of capturing one fleeting moment.

A large painting makes a fitting tribute to the appalling losses suffered not only by people, but also by the environment of Louisiana. In "Katrina Memorial/Ghost Forest," spindly sticks of trees punctuate a gray sky over an eerily luminous bog.

Anne Griffith has given us other exhibitions on specific topics like landscapes of Northern Ireland and Maryland wetlands. In this show she covers a mulititude of subjects that exude joy and exuberance, an affirmation of the best in life. This is a show for springtime!

Because these paintings are not overpriced, they may be grouped together, for they work well in combinations of two or more. And of course they might be combined with the subtle sculptures of Ann Hazels.


Louise Sheldon, of Ruxton, Md., has written for national magazines and has published two books—one memoir, one fiction—about Morocco. She is a frequent contributor of art reviews and travel stories for the Chronicle.

This art show is open for viewing from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. and from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. For info, call 410-962-0513 or see the gallery's website.



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This story was published on March 6, 2007.