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March Windows at RAL

A mix of photography and watercolor will be featured in the RAL Art Center Gallery Windows for March.

Harold Burnley is the featured photographer in this month's Windows, and will be showing some landscapes of rural Virginia. Now retired from a career in engineering and a former Altria Vice President, Harold is dedicated to his photography and making use of his skills honed over the years. Beginning as photo editor for student publications at VA Tech he also served as a photographer for the Roanoke-Times World News for various assignments.

Although Harold has photographed many diverse subjects, his primary focus is Fine Art Landscapes and Nature Photography. He finds that within the landscape he is drawn to trees, one of nature’s most magnificent creations. “Each one tells a story and bringing their story to the viewer through my art is enormously satisfying”, he notes. Harold’s award-winning landscape photos are clear and concise, making you want to reach into the photo and touch the water or the mountains, the grasses in the foreground.... beautiful in the capture of light and nature in a particular moment. His featured photo of ‘The Tree’, alone in its field of yellow, will draw you in and make you wonder about its strength and also its destiny.

Linda Goldstein is an artist who primarily paints in watercolors. With no formal art education, Linda has been a student under several watercolorists and continues to take classes and workshops to further her skills. Although Linda dabbled in many art forms in her younger years, her serious painting came after becoming an "empty-nester", and after retiring from her business in Interior Design in Washington, DC. Linda’s love of color and design is evident in her paintings. It is clear that she loves the challenges that watercolor presents, loves the play of color and composition and loves the fact that her art also brings pleasure to others.

Linda’s Windows exhibition will feature five Oyster Paintings. Although you may think that the oyster is an inert and somewhat boring subject, Linda manages to elevate the lowly oyster to new levels of beautiful, flowing color that the viewer would not expect to see. Linda notes that after moving to the NNK she was “surrounded by oyster culture and soon observed their special beauty and just knew” she had to try and paint them. Using Yupo paper, which is a specialized paper that does not absorb the watercolor paint, she captures the moist look of the oyster and the feeling you might have just before it slides onto your tongue (most unexpected!). Over the years Linda has studied this marvelous mollusk, and she has grown to appreciate and enjoy rendering it. All those on the NNK should enjoy viewing this mundane creature that has “made” our town!


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