Gallery Opening: Jody Schoenfeld

A reception and talk with local artist Jody Schoenfeld will be Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Joan Allen Art Gallery at Camphill Ghent, 2542 Route 66 in Chatham. The show features landscape paintings in figurative, representational and abstract imagery and runs through April 30. The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to the public.

The exhibit, “Recent Works,” features paintings by Schoenfeld, a primarily self-taught artist who studies with Larry Zingale in Housatonic, Massachusetts. Schoenfeld is a climate change activist who hopes to contribute a portion of any profits from the sale of her art to benefit organizations devoted to solving a global issue.

“The beauty of the world, natural and unnatural, can be expressed through color,” according to Schoenfeld. “The interaction of color and emotion is the thread running through all of my work. My art shocks, intrigues or jolts the viewer to a higher level of introspection. Landscapes, both real and imagined, including the landscapes of faces fascinates me. I paint with water mixable oils and sometimes heavy body acrylics on cotton and linen canvasses in figurative, representational and abstract imagery.”

Schoenfeld’s works have been exhibited locally at many venues including the Columbia County Council on the Arts, Spencertown Academy, Richmond-West Stockbridge Artists Guild in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts and No. 6 Depot in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts.