Sarah Jane Conklin inspired by local autumn landscapes

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Solo show opens at Peter Lewis Gallery this week

Nova Scotia artist Sarah Jane Conklin is back home this month, with a solo show at the Peter Lewis Gallery in St. John’s showcasing what she does best.

“Where Old Friends Meet” by Sarah Jane Conklin. Conklin’s solo show at the Peter Lewis Gallery in St. John’s begins Friday with a reception from 6:30-9 p.m. — Submitted photo

Conklin is presenting “Shimmer,” a series of vibrant oil pieces depicting scenes around Newfoundland.

Conklin grew up in St. John’s but has lived away since she was a university student. Her inspiration, however, has always remained in this province and she’s known for her paintings of local landscapes.

The pieces in “Shimmer” are true to Conklin’s style — executed in her trademark autumn palette of colours and showing scenes primarily of rivers and woods. She has strayed outside the St. John’s area to paint scenes from Brigus and New Perlican, among others.

Conklin has told The Telegram she’s drawn to the crispness of the air in the fall, which she finds conducive to her love of colour, light and texture.

She generally paints from photographs and finishes her paintings in one sitting, she has said, working intuitively.

“Shimmer” opens at the Peter Lewis Gallery, 5 Church Hill in

St. John’s, on Friday with a reception from 6:30 to 9 p.m. It runs until Oct. 25.

Organizations: Church Hill

Geographic location: Brigus, New Perlican

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