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Two Fine Painters Showing in Sharon

Two shows from local artists run side-by-side in Sharon: The Historical Society is presenting paintings and illustrations by Warren Prindle, while the Hotchkiss Library is exhibiting wildlife and landscape pictures from Scott Zuckerman. Prindle, who early in his career illustrated comic books (under a pseudonym) and advertising, is an art teacher at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. His current work is of two minds: There are soft, carefully observed pictures and there are wonderfully realized still lifes that have an Old-Master quality of light and brushstroke. Zuckerman is a full time painter, noted for his wildlife pictures and many covers for the L.L. Bean catalog when it still concerned hunting and fishing. He paints with broad, short, heavy brushstrokes and builds up thick surfaces. There are good pictures of peacocks, all sumptuous in blues and greens, and of pheasants with their autumnal coloring of brown, green and red-gold. A “Red-Breasted Merganser” is just that: a dead bird hanging head down with a magnificent, now quiet breast. And “Closed Season” shows four pheasants in a harvested field safe from hunters. Two non-bird pictures —“Five Cows in Spring” and “Dappled Light” — are especially good, the cows gently painted amid a variety of spring greens. “Warren Prindle, Native Son” continues at The Sharon Historical Society through Sept. 8. Call 860- 364-5688 or go to www.sharonhistoricalsociety@yahoo.com for information. “The Art of Scott Zuckerman” will be at Sharon’s Hotchkiss Library, through Sept. 30. There will be a reception for Zuckerman Aug. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. With wine and cheese. For information, call 860 364-5041 or go to www.hotchkisslibrary.org.

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