Art exhibit and reception featuring Donna Straw

“In the Moment,” acrylic and metallic on canvas, 40 x 40 in. — Donna Straw

The West Tisbury library highlights Island artist Donna Straw at an exhibition and reception, Saturday, April 20, from 3:30 to 5 pm. According to a press release, Donna’s paintings will be displayed in the library’s community room from April 2 through April 29.

“When beginning a painting, I derive my inspiration from an actual place, or reinvent one by incorporating images from a variety of different places,” the artist says in the release. “Regardless of what I have seen, the work is a stylized interpretation of the real as well as the imagined.

“Color fuels and feeds my passion. My use of color is spontaneous and intuitive. Ultimately my pieces are each unified and cohesive, but it is the journey and the process of discovery that excites me — the color mixing, my choice of palette, the placement of one color next to another in order to create contrast, harmony, and/or the use of values and intensities to create the illusion of light and spatial depth. As spaces are resolved and other spaces present themselves as a challenge, the painting takes on a life of its own. After teaching art with great intensity for 35 years, I am now able to harness the energy I poured into my students and find fulfillment in my work as a painter. How lucky for me!”

The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.