An exhibit of landscapes by oil painter Magi Leland and photographer Robin Gottesman will open this Saturday, July 11, at Cousen Rose Gallery in Oak Bluffs. Boston Globe photographer and editor Derrick Jackson will also sign copies of his new book, “Project Puffin.”
“I have merged my love of natural places with my background in design and anthropology to form my artistic perspective,” says the multitalented Ms. Leland, who has summered on the Vineyard since childhood. The Portsmouth, N.H., resident has a certificate in metals, and ran a goldsmith and hand-engraving business from 1989 to 2000, after which she began studying fine art painting. Her landscapes, 15 of which will be on display starting this weekend, are full of color, often evoking big skies that vie for attention in pinks, violets, and blues, and are luxuriant with broad brushstrokes. In addition to her larger works, like “Water Flows Toward the Sea” (36” x 48”) and “Sun Kissed Cove” (30” x 40”), Ms. Leland will also exhibit smaller landscapes.
“It’s amazing that she can do these small works and expand to a much larger format,” said gallery owner Zita Cousens in an interview with The Times last week.
Ms. Gottesman developed her interest in photography 15 years ago, after she retired from practicing medicine. “As time has passed, I have progressed from studying and looking at medical pictures — CT and MRI scans of the human body — to photography,” the former radiologist explains. A New Jersey native, she has been coming to the Island since 1982. The landscape and marinescape images Ms. Gottesman will display capture colorful, early-morning Island skies, including “Lucy Vincent Beach” with its handsomely shadowed rocks, and “Rocks 2,” in which a jetty looms out from the water behind an intensely orange sky. The photographer also does sports photography and family portraits.
Many of Cousen Rose Gallery’s exhibits this summer include book signings, and on July 11, columnist and associate editor at the Boston Globe Derrick Johnson will be present to sign his new book, “Project Puffin.” Co-authored by ornithologist Stephen Kress, the volume narrates how the puffin, threatened with extinction, has been restored to three Maine islands, and is illustrated with Mr. Jackson’s photographs of puffins fishing, nesting, and socializing.
Maggie Leland, oil on canvas; Robin Gottesman, photographs; Derrick Jackson, “Project Puffin”; Saturday, July 11, 7 to 9 pm, Cousen Rose Gallery, 71 Upper Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Exhibit runs through Friday, July 17.