Exploring the Chesapeake with artist Carole Huber
● By J. Chambless
'View From Hart's Chapel'
You'll recognize many of the places in
Carole Huber's new exhibit at Bookplace in Oxford, but Huber will
also surprise you with her observations of the river, shorelines and
fields of southern Delaware and Maryland that are known only to her.
Huber works best in small scale, such as the dappled autumn woodland oil “Little Elk Creek,” which is only 5-by-7; or the beautifully rendered sky in “Pasture Lands,” which is similarly tiny.
The landmark bridge over Chesapeake City is seen in several works, but so are places off the beaten path, such as the sweep of clouds and tiny buildings in “Fair Hill Farmland,” or “Autumn Field.” Another landmark is Turkey Point, seen in Huber's large view of a lighthouse, bluff and sailboats on the water. “View From Hart's Chapel” is a very well done expanse of fields and distant water that has an admirable sense of scale.
All of these landscapes are lovely to look at, and they'll strike a chord with you if you've visited any of these local sites. Huber does get more abstract in “Late Afternoon, Bay,” a vividly colored but soft-edged view of blue sky and large bluff overlooking the water. And there's a quiet autumnal mood to “Tributary,” which focuses more on clouds than the little sliver of water below.
“A Sense of the Chesapeake” by Carole Huber continues at Bookplace (2373 Baltimore Pike, Oxford) through March 28. The gallery and bookshop is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For more informaton, visit www.bookplace.com.
To contact Staff Writer John
Chambless, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.