Berkshires Artist Opens Show at Camphill Ghent Gallery

Works by painter and photographer Joanna Gabler will be featured in the latest exhibit, “New and Old,” opening Oct. 5 in the Joan Allen Art Gallery at Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66 in Chatham. The exhibit is free and open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 30.

Gabler is based in the Northern Berkshires and paints flower studies, mandalas and abstract meditations, creating similar inner images from digital photographs of nature and architecture. “New and Old” includes Gabler’s artwork from the past 20 years. Her work in both media flows from a love of nature and an interest in the “world of ideas,” which she first developed as a philosophy student at Warsaw University and later as a professor. She began to study anthroposophy in the mid-1980s, moving to New York City in 1989 where she studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Pratt Institute and the Art Students League.

For many years, the artist concentrated almost exclusively on oil painting as a medium for the finished work she presented to the public, continuing to work actively in photography as a means to sharpen her vision. In recent years, she has experimented with mixed media and collage. Gabler also applies her intimate relation to color in its healing qualities in her paintings and in art and meditation workshops. In addition to her oils on canvas, the artist produces abstract prints based on digital photographs, which she calls, “transcapes.”

Camphill Ghent is a non-profit residential community for seniors ages 55 and older offering independent and assisted living options. For a tour or more information, call (518) 392-2760 or go to the website at camphillghent.org.