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Over Roofs and Through Canals at The Schoolhouse

CROTON FALLS, N.Y. - In conjunction with its current stage presentation, The Time of the Cuckoo , a serio-comedy set in 1950’s Venice, The Schoolhouse Theater is exhibiting a collection of works by two local artists entitled, “Italy: From the Villages to the Grand Canal.”

Armonk Artist Barbara Dunn ’s paintings depict the waterways and street images of Venice and its colorful island enclave, Burano. Dunn said, “I paint what I love to look at. Usually, I paint things I’ve seen on my travels -- Italy, France and Greece. It’s all about the light and the color.”

Along the way, she takes photographs, then recreates the images in acrylics at her studio in Armonk. “I emphasize the characteristics of the subject,” she explained, “making the painted images more dramatic than the reality.”

Artist Tova Snyder ’s selection concentrates on Italian hill towns. She calls her paintings “roofscapes.” Each painting reflects the warm, earthy colors of the architecture and landscape. There is a geometric, almost abstract quality, and while the paintings depict similar subjects, the colors and perspectives make each painting unique.

“I did a mural of wheat fields in Pigna and they gave me a studio in exchange,” Snyder said. Pigna is an Italian village near the French border and close to Dolceaqua, “where Monet used to paint,” she explained. Consequently, Snyder now divides her time between Pigna and Port Chester, where she has another studio.

The exhibition will be open until the end of December. Dunn’s canvasses, each 30 x 40, vary in price from $1,800 to $4,800. Snyder’s are many different sizes. The large paintings are priced from $1,800 to $3,800. There are several 5 x 7 “cloudscapes,” priced at $225.

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