December 14 – OLD LYME – Down the stairs of the Lyme Art Association, paintings are on display in the Mile Brook Gallery along with familiar images of the nearby town of Montville.
The nocturnal, or night-themed paintings, show a dimly lit house near Pink Row, Friendly’s corner in the snow, the parking lot behind what was once the Beit Brothers supermarket and the Faria Beede Mill property in its hours. opening.
Artist Polly Seip’s first solo exhibition at the Historic Gallery, titled “Night Lights”, is an ode to her surroundings and the city in which she has spent the past 17 years. The exhibition will be on display until January 2, 2022.
The solo exhibition went to Seip after winning first place at the Associate Artists Show with his painting “Twilight Romance”, currently on display in the “Night Lights” series.
Seip said she felt moved to paint works of art set in the night, as it “creates a wonderful sense of magic and mystery” and for her love of light. “Light attracts you, and whether it is a street lamp or a light projected from inside a house, it provides a feeling of peace and security.”
She said the series started to take shape just months after arriving in Uncasville, painting what she saw from her studio window. Over the years, she would make overnight trips, park in a public or private place with permission, and take a photo to use for her paintings.
Her artistic style has always been oriented towards a fusion of new and old painting techniques which she finds stimulating, she said, such as evocative composition, quality of light, color theory and sophisticated use of thick and fine paint.
Seip wants the people of Montville to know that their town is documented through his works of art and said his work is also of historical significance as the “blue collar” town faces a period of transition.
“The city has emerged from the economic depression and entered a modern, faster-paced world,” she said.
Her painting “Working Overtime” is an illuminated twilight representation of the Faria Beede Mill property months before the maker moved in 2017. She explained how urban housing is currently being built on the site.
Eugenia Villagra de Groton walked through the gallery with three of her friends last Thursday and admired Seip’s collection of crepuscular paintings. Villagra, who has been a guide at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford for 20 years, said she was particularly impressed and thrilled to see a contemporary artist doing original work.
“She did a magnificent job,” Villagra said, “She took everyday life as her subject and applied her skills to rendering evening scenes dominated by big trucks and parking lots. These are things we have the used to see everywhere, but not as photo subjects. “
Born in Pittsburgh, Seip said she believed her upbringing gave her an eye for the nightlife scenes of city life.
Uncasville and the entire town of Montville are no exception to this rule.
“Being a stranger and looking at him intimately,” she said, “I see the hidden gems and the beauty.”
Editor’s Note: This version corrects the spelling of Beit Brothers.