Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Landscapes, myths and pastels deserve a visit.(Final)

Byline: Wesley Pulkka For the Journal


Three good shows that deserve a look are closing in Albuquerque this week.

Barbara Coleman at the Dartmouth Street Gallery uses landscapes as vehicles onto which she dabbles abstract expressionist brush strokes while expressing her love for paint.

I believe them as razzle-dazzle paintings but have trouble taking a metaphorical walk in them as landscapes. Two of her most successful canvases are "Snow Shadows" and "Gila Pastoral."

"Snow Shadows" is an early work that invites viewers to stroll among painted trees along a snow-covered stream bank. If you relax you can feel the cold breeze.

In "Gila Pastoral" a broad vista includes a house and several farm buildings clustered along a bright pink tree line that looks like cotton candy. Two foreground trees seem real as does the sunlight casting cloud shadows on a plowed pale green field. …

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