Abstract acrylics on display at Dartmouth Cultural Center

Apr 2, 2021

For the past three years, Dartmouth Cultural Center president Jill Law has taught acrylic art to emerging artists from around the South Coast.

To kick off spring at the Old Southworth Library, dozens of abstract works are up at the Center as part of a retrospective of her students’ compositions.

It’s been a pleasure to watch them grow artistically and witness the pride they have in their accomplishments,” Law said.

First started in 2018, the abstract acrylic painting class is the longest running class offered by the Cultural Center and draws inspiration from artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, Richard Diebenkorn, Lee Krasner, and Sam Francis.

Among the works on display are simplistic landscapes, psychedelic-colored canvases, and even a dress made out of paint rags.

“There’s just so many mediums to explore with acrylic paints,” Law noted.

Artist Beth Russo had a few of her recent works displayed around the Old Southworth Library. The Dartmouth resident said that she’s been taking Law’s classes for just over a year.

“I’ve dabbled in painting over the years, but I was looking for another creative outlet,” she said. “So I started taking the classes — Jill was recommended and she’s been wonderful.” 

Since she started the classes, Russo said she has noticed some improvements in her technique — mostly with her familiarity with her new-found medium.

“It’s absolutely fabulous,” she added. 

Dartmouth resident Brian Thomas came out to see some of his friend’s work. He said that he isn’t usually into abstract painting, but he was “pleasantly surprised” by the work on display.

“These people have done quite a bit of work in short order,” he said. “I know I couldn’t do anything like this.” 

The exhibition will run through April 26. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

No more than six people will be allowed inside the center at a time, and masks will be required for entry. For more information, contact the Dartmouth Cultural Center at (508) 991-0484.