The opening show of the 2018 season at the Nikki Sedacca Gallery in Edgartown is called “Feeling Fresh,” and the lightness, brightness, and soft colors, along with the nature subject matter shared by all three featured artists, really justifies the chosen theme.\
Sedacca also owns and operates a sister gallery in Sarasota, Fla., where she spends the winter months. “Both of our galleries are in coastal towns, so we want to show work that reflects nature and is inspired by the sea,” she says. “This season is all about color and freshness. Spring is here, and we wanted to get off to a new, fresh start.”
The three artists currently on exhibit all work in vastly different media and styles, but each has captured the spirit of the Vineyard in his or her unique way.
Plein air painter Linda Richichi clearly has a passion for color. A lovely diptych that dominates one wall of the gallery is appropriately titled “Tangerine Sky.” The large double painting features a striking sunset sky rendered in various tones of orange with the colors reflected in the water of a marshy pond. Subtle touches of pink and lavender add to the tranquility of the peaceful scene.
Another new painting by Richichi captures the iconic Aquinnah lighthouse in her unique palette.
“Linda is very inspired by Martha’s Vineyard,” says Sedacca of the former New York State artist who now resides in Sarasota. “Every year she comes to the Vineyard to work for a week.”
The Nikki Sedacca Gallery focuses equally on jewelry and fine art. Sedacca herself is a jeweler who has been creating her sculptural handwoven pieces for more than 30 years. The latest additions to her collection Endless Love feature pearls, black diamonds, and semiprecious stones, intertwined with her lovely, gently twisting silver designs.
Sedacca also represents a number of other jewelers working in original designs. The styles range from delicate pearls to edgy, urban statement pieces.
“I think what makes our gallery so eclectic is that the work that we show is so different, yet they still have a common thread,” says the gallerist. “The subject matter is all about nature and the sea.”
“Feeling Fresh,” featuring new work by Kathe Fraga, Carter Wentworth, and Linda Richichi, will hang at the Nikki Sedacca Gallery in Nevin Square, Edgartown, through June 20.
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“When you take the time to look at the show as a whole, it captures a feeling of light and calming,” says gallery director Molly Lindberg. “This show has to do with color. It really balances the room, with the colors working off each other.”
Each of the eight artists featured certainly relies on color for atmospheric impact. The most prominent piece in the gallery is a large diptych called “Higher Perspective I & II” by Linda Richichi. The companion paintings were inspired by an aerial view of a Vineyard marsh heading out toward the ocean. Done in part with a palette knife, the paintings show a lot of texture and motion, and a single white brushstroke perfectly imparts some gentle light to the scene.
Ms. Richichi is the artist in residence at Nikki Sedacca’s other gallery, 530 Burns Gallery in Sarasota, Fla. In 2012 she was named the “best intuitive artist” by the New York Times’ about.com.
A number of Ms. Richichi’s smaller, more figurative works in oil are also part of the show. She generally chooses boats and beachgoers as her subject for these little freestanding or hanging pieces that are set off nicely by a floating-frame style of mounting.
Arboreal Exhibit with Linda Richichi and Seth Satterfield
Two Florida artists, share their vision in an exhibit titled “Arboreal”from September 9 – October 15, 2016 .
Energetic tree and landscape paintings in oil and pastel are created by nationally known artist who recently moved to Sarasota, FL, Linda Richichi.
She is a Signature Member of the NY and International Plein Air Painters and earned a “Best of Show” in I.P.A.P.’s Worldwide Paint-out in Canada. Richichi works are filled with the spiritual energy that she feels when painting outdoors. Linda captures the energy through her intuitive use of color. After an experience with synesthesia (hearing and seeing colors “pop” ) her vocabulary of color was enhanced enabling her to bring the
outdoor feelings inside. Linda earned a B.F.A from SUNY New Paltzand studied under John Phillip Osborne at the Ringwood Art Institute in N.J. as well as many other modern masters.
The opening reception ofSeth Satterfield’s creatures in their natural habitat and Linda Richichi’s boldly painted landscapes meant to stir your emotions, begins September 9th 2016 at the opening reception from 6-8pm.
The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach is located at 50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082(904) 280-0614 www.ccpvb.org
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Written by: Andrew Weber, Editor Fine Art Today
Paint the Beach Plein Air Festival - GULF COAST TIMES
Outside the box with artist Linda Richichi
By: Yohana de la Torre, Chief Editor
Details from: Tom, Judy, Pat, Benny and Barbara By Linda Richichi
Painters from across the country will come together and dramatically catch the viewer’s eye at this year’s 7th Annual Paint the Beach En Plein Air Festival in Fort Myers Beach.
From November 7 – 13, artists will enjoy the outdoors and bring to life the light, color and textures of our beautiful landscape. Capturing the spirit and essence of a landscape, En Plein Air painting is all about leaving the four walls of a studio and becoming one with your outside surroundings. The style goes back for centuries and was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists.
One of the artists taking part in the Paint the Beach En Plein Air is Linda Richichi, an International award winning painter that thrives from observing nature. Her extensive plein air work is described to have “passionate energy” and a “masterful sense of form”. The energy is captured through her intuitive use of color after an experience with synesthesia (hearing and seeing colors “pop”).
GCT caught up with Richichi about her inspiration, synesthesia and the language of art that influences her work.
Here’s what she had to say:
YD: How did you get started painting?
LR: “At the age of two, I remember standing at an easel my mother gave me and thought, ‘I am an artist’, I can still remember my favorite shapes to draw, and the way I used to color them.”
YD: Tell us about your inspiration.
LR: “Feeling plays a huge part in my process. I am deeply intuitive, and allow my intuition to add energy to my painting. One of my paintings, at last year’s paint out won because the judge told me that he kept coming back to it, the energy in the work pulled him into it. It is the energy I feel out in nature that I try to bring to each work of art. When I am alone, in the zone and connect to nature, then the energy can come through me. It is like my stomach, heart and arm have a mind of their own, and I watch the brush paint without allowing my intellect to get in the way. I capture feeling through line movement and color.”
YD: Can you explain more about the synesthesia you experience?
LR: “An experience with synesthesia (the ability to hear colors) once drove me out of my studio in panic; I didn’t know what had just happened. After one of my “creative days” where the objective was to paint just for me, to play, I experienced colors making sounds like musical notes. This particular day I made a 24” x 18” painting filled with 20 squares. I intuitively placed one favorite color next to the other and felt great as a result. Then, I was delighted when the image of a circle appeared in the center of each colored square. After an entire day painting this piece, I happily hung the finished work on the wall and stepped back about 8 feet to admire it. What happened next was shocking! The colors began to sing and “pop”. This is called synesthesia, and although rare, is most known to happen to artists.
“The ability to work with color intuitively runs in my family. My grandfather was a house painter most of his life until his later years, when he began to paint on canvas. He could hand-mix a gallon of paint to match any wall’s color by simply creating a circle with his two fingers, looking through it and seeing what colors needed to be mixed together to create a match. He passed this gift to both my mother and me. My mother used fabric to create masterpieces that have been shown in gallery and even museum exhibitions. While neither of them ever heard the colors sing, they could make colors perform for them beautifully.”
YD: How has this synesthesia influenced your work?
LR: “Unlike the Russian painter, Wassily Kadinsky, one of the first abstract artists, also experienced synesthesia, I was not satisfied painting in my studio any longer. Once I heard colors, and felt them in my body, I wanted to keep my easel outdoors so that I could see and feel the most vivid colors produced by the light of the sun and the moon. It is not the effects of light I wish to capture, as the impressionists did, but the way that light and color effect my body and disposition. I strive to recreate the feeling of being outdoors and bring it indoors in my art.”
YD: How excited are you to take part in the Paint the Beach En Plein Air Festival?
LR: “It doesn’t matter if I am at an event like Paint the Beach En Plein Air Festival in Fort Myers or painting in a foreign country where I can’t even speak the language, when outside painting a scene, people come up, smile and watch. There is a connection between us immediately, and I love that. Art is a bridge between people of all backgrounds, and being a conduit for someone to feel joy, means that I did my job well that day. En plein air festivals are a great opportunity to expose people of all ages to the process of how artists interpret what they can see. People can watch the paintings being created and view the final results.”
– From November 7 – 13, the 7th Annual Paint the Beach En Plein Air Festival will take place in Fort Myers Beach, FL. This competition is open to all artists over 18 years of age and will have two divisions with over $6,000 in prizes. For tickets or more information, visit www.PainttheBeach.com.