Still life exhibit evokes sense of quiet

Melanie Chartier. Photo by Barbara Clark

 

Artist Melanie Chartier, whose paintings are on exhibit in a new show at the Centerville Historical Museum, says she’s gone through different phases in creating art during her career; she did a lot of abstracts when she lived and worked in Illinois. But “moving throws you off,” she said, creating a kind of shakeup that can bring change and reassessment, and since moving here 15 years ago, she’s done still life painting, with oils as her medium.

“I’m a studio painter,” she affirmed, explaining that she likes the “routine” of studio work and the chance to spend “a lot of time setting up an arrangement.” With plein air painting, the unexpected event can often break up one’s concentration: “All of a sudden there’s a bug in your paint

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