Dashing, rushing, running, flying…horses, carriages and crows are all captured in the vibrant watercolors of CT artist Sandra Cointreau and displayed at the Silo Art Gallery in Hunt Farm on weekends from April 1 to May 1. The Gallery’s new watercolor exhibit focuses on the movement of bull riders, rodeo cowboys and barrel racers, racing cars, dancing Native Americans and even flying crows.
Representing action and movement in painting has been a quest of the artist Cointreau for two decades. After years of painting still lifes, portraits and landscapes, she started painting horses as they became an important part of her daily life at home and outdoors. While doing overseas engineering assignments for international development agencies, she traveled to faraway places like Pakistan, the Philippines, Gambia, Morocco, Hungary, and Turkey. After capturing grazing and motionless horses in her art, she wanted to show them in motion.
As a first step in this process, Cointreau studied the work of artists who focused on racing cars. Her work brought her to Lime Rock RaceTrack, and for a year she became their resident artist.
“Because cars don’t have muscles, expressions, or the ability to bend their bodies, other techniques are needed to show the action,” Cointreau explains, discussing his methods. It wasn’t possible unless it was moving, creating clouds of dust, combined with the expressions of the drivers, were some of the ways cars could look like they were moving.
Alessandro Piovezahn, President of Silo at Hunt Farm, adds: “He is an inspiration whose work always gives off good vibes. The positive qualities of his art align with The Silo’s mantra and we are humbled to have him.
The Silo Gallery, long considered one of America’s most prestigious art galleries, celebrates its 50th anniversary. The gallery is part of Hunt Hill Farm, a National Historic Landmark that was once home to Tonight Show Music Director and New York Pops Orchestra founder Skitch Henderson and his wife Ruth. Its barns and silos are located in the 180-acre preservation of beautiful rolling hills north of New Milford, and include the Silo Cooking School and the Skitch Henderson Museum.
The gallery will be open and hosted by artist Sandra Cointreau, during weekend opening hours from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays for one month from April 1 to May 1.
The Silo Gallery at Hunt Hill Farm, 44 Upland Road, off 202, New Milford, CT 06776