“Karen Tusinski: New Paintings,” Gala Opening, at Gleason Boothbay


Karen Tusinski, “Linear Tulip Garden”


Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor opens its summer 2012 season with “Karen Tusinski: New Paintings.” The gallery is hosting a Gala Opening Reception for Tusinski from 5 -7 p.m. Sat., May 26, at the Gallery on Townsend Ave.

Just a decade and a half after earning her BFA from Montserrat College of Art in Massachusetts, artist Karen Tusinski has rocketed to the top of collector lists as a young artist to watch. Tusinski’s process involves working in layers, with each layer left partly exposed. The result is a rich, sensuous surface that verges on the three-dimensional.

Tusinski’s palette is bold and uninhibited, alternating between intense reds and oranges, creamy whites, and deep blues. Her subject matter is often botanical.  Red poppies angle sinuously up and across the canvas, or spill riotously out of bowls. Robust tulips sway on narrow stems. Lush, red rose hips tumble across a white canvas.

Tusinski’s painted world is a jungle of forms and colors, but it is a jungle managed by an artist who is both sure-handed and filled with joy by her own creations. Her many fans couldn’t agree more.

“Karen Tusinski: New Paintings” runs through Sat. June 23.  FMI, call 207-633-6849 or visit gleasonfineart.com.