'Art, Salon-style'

Antique Co-op’s Tower Gallery awash in landscapes

December 20. 2017 1:08PM
Unlike some contemporary gallery showcases in which each work of art has its own display space, traditional salon-style exhibitions feature oil paintings and watercolors hung side by side and from floor to ceiling. 

MILFORD — It’s not just what’s on view; it’s how you view it.

New Hampshire Antique Co-op’s current exhibition, “Art: Salon-style,” takes its cues from traditional 19th-century French showings in which artwork wasn’t displayed individually, each with its own cushion of space. Instead, works of varying sizes and styles hung closely together on walls, all the way from the floor to the ceiling.

The Co-op’s exhibition features 50 oil paintings and watercolors from the 1800s to present day. Ranging in price from $30 to $995, the pieces include still life, landscape, Impressionist, Hudson River School, abstract and realist works.

That includes sketches from Leon Kroll and Lucy Hariot Booth; a large Impressionist beach scene by Stefanos Sideris; still life works by Frederick Rhodes Sisson; and a variety of creations by local area artists David Dodge, Christopher Myott, Peter Sandback, Steve Previte and Daryl Johnson.

Salon art exhibits began in France in the 17th century and featured works by leading artists of the time. Between 1748 and 1890, the Salon de Paris was considered the greatest annual art event in the Western world. Sponsored by the Academie Royale and Ecole des Beaux Arts, the Salon de Paris was open to all artists. Later in the 19th century, other competing organizations created their own salons.

The Co-op’s exhibition is in its Tower Gallery through Jan. 30 at 323 Elm St.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; with the exception of Christmas Eve on Sunday, Dec. 24, when doors are open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 673-8499 or visit nhantiquecoop.com or visit Facebook.

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