Matteawan to Feature Works by Susan English

Opening reception scheduled for July 9

The Matteawan Gallery in Beacon will host a reception to open an exhibit of paintings and works on paper by Cold Spring artist Susan English from 6 to 9 p.m. on Second Saturday, July 9. The exhibition runs through August 21. English’s work has been previously included in Matteawan Gallery exhibitions Elemental in 2014 and The UV Portfolio in 2013.

Near and Far, by Susan English (image provided)

Near and Far, by Susan English (image provided)

The exhibition’s title, Pourous Light, refers both to the process of creating English’s paintings and to the idea of putting oneself in the path of light. Her paintings have an unusually rich surface texture and color, which is created by pouring layers of tinted polymer on panels.

The poured polymer mimics nature: a layer of paint hardens like ice or mud, its thickness and viscosity impacting how the surface dries. Within the surface are small inconsistencies; paint collects and coagulates and cracks are formed.

These marks are the result of the process of pouring and letting layers of paint dry, and English embraces the delicate relationship between control and accident.

The Matteawan Gallery is located at 436 Main St. in Beacon. For more information, visit

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