by Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst
Diane Bowie Zaitlin is the Rochester Museum of Fine Art, Rochester, NH selected artist for the next two months at the Carnegie Gallery. The gallery is located within the Rochester Public Library, 65 South Main Street, Rochester.
The notes included on the R.MFA website about this exhibit are:
“Diane Bowie Zaitlin’s mixed media and encaustic paintings reveal her fascination with the power of color, sensuality of surface, and use of a veiled narrative. Her imagery often refers to memory, choices, searching, and relationships, with a hint of landscape. She is especially attracted to the luminosity, depth, and fluidity of encaustic that allows a natural combination of painting and collage.
Diane has exhibited extensively including group shows at Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts, New York City; The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, Mass.; Saco Museum, Saco, Maine; ArtSpace Gallery, Maynard, Mass.; Carver Hill Gallery, Rockland, Maine; Flat Iron Gallery, Portland, Maine; Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, Maine; Elan Fine Arts, Rockland, Maine; Greenhut Galleries, Portland, Maine; George Marshall Store Gallery, York, Maine; Brian Marki Gallery, Portland, Oregon; Redhouse Gallery, Dubuque, Iowa; Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, Conn.; Charter Oak Temple Gallery, Hartford, Conn.; and Slater Museum, Norwich, Conn.
She received a B.F.A. from the University of Connecticut and also studied at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She has studied at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Maine College of Art. Diane has been an artist-in-residence at schools and museums with the Maine Touring Artist Program of the Maine Arts Commission for over twenty years. She currently teaches small independent encaustic workshops at her studio in Saco, Maine.”
When I think of a library, I do not think of museum-quality art on a rotating basis. I think of student shows. I think of exhibits by local art groups and art associations. On the 1st floor in the main library, Peg Trout provides space for this as well as local artists that have more experience.
The Carnegie Gallery is the space that the Rochester Museum of Fine Art uses for rotating exhibits. To fulfill my duty on the Curatorial Board, I nominated this work to be included on the calendar. I stumbled on a show of Bowie Zaitlin’s last summer and felt that it met the museum’s criterion.
Upon reading the statement included on the r.mfa website, I agree with sense of movement, but I also get a sensation of being pulled in by the layers of wax and paint. “The Truth” speaks in texture. The palette is very minimal and the line-making is also secondary.
There are also several fine examples of how the artist also handles color, which is not subdued.
This show runs through the end of January and is available for viewing during regular library hours. The gallery can be found on the top floor with the reference library.