Nature, in an urban environment


"Town and Country" may typically conjure up images of wealthy socialites lounging in a Ralph Lauren setting, but in the case of the Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art Gallery's newest show, "town" refers to the city streets of Brooklyn and "country," the nature that surrounds it.

"Dusk" by Jackie Battenfeld

"Dusk" by Jackie Battenfield

The exhibit, which opens Jan. 4 and runs through Feb. 9, features paintings by Brooklyn-based artists Jackie Battenfield and Deborah Brown. Brown's paintings focus on the urban beauty of Bushwick, juxtaposing car salvage lots and satellite dishes with candy-colored skies to create, according to the artist, "a simultaneous allure and menace." Battenfield works from photographs of trees, using watery pigments painted on translucent drafting film to recreate "the original intmacy of the experience of looking."

A reception with the artists will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 1. The gallery is at 1288 N. Palm Ave. in Sarasota. For more information, go to or call 366-2454.

"Town and County," featuring works by Jacki Battenfield and Deborah Brown. Jan. 4through Feb. 9. Reception 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 1. Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art Gallery, 1288 N. Palm, Sarasota. 366-2454;

Carrie Seidman

Dance/arts critic, Sarasota Herald Tribune
Last modified: January 3, 2013
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