Pastel Impressionist Vail Barrett Exhibits Work

Work by Vail Barrett

Vail Barrett
Through Sunday, November 26
The Gallery at the Esther Raushenbush Library

Bronxville artist Vail Barrett presents his pastel paintings at the Esther Raushenbush Library exhibit gallery at Sarah Lawrence College through November 26. The paintings are impressionist interpretations of the seascapes and landscapes of Martha’ Vineyard. The exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours. For more information, please call 914-395-2470.

The scenes Barrett captures are places he has known all his life. “The Vineyard landscape represents memories of my youth and maturity as an artist. I have walked the Island fields and shores since the late 1950s,” states Barrett. The attraction of the Island’s colors took over his palette, which led to his use of pastels. Over the years, his painting style evolved to impressionism. He uses bright colors with bold strokes to achieve the different effects of light. After graduating in 1972 as an art major from Westminster College, Vail attended the Art Students League and Parsons School of Design in his native New York. He feels his technique shows the boldness similar to oils and yet has freshness in his use of pastels.