The Art of Howe on Display at New Providence Library

Magical Realism and touch drawings capture heart, spirit of artist's imagination

"Freedom to Express Oneself” – a sampling of images by New Providence artist Linda Howe, is on display through Oct. 12 at the New Providence Memorial Library.

The over-sized and often whimsical pieces reflect Ms. Howe’s enchanting style, which she describes as “Magical Realism.”  

Ms. Howe told Patch, “When I paint or draw, I touch magic, or it touches me from the inside out!"

Several of the works on display are touch drawings.  Ms. Howe describes the method of touch drawing as “a process great for relating to nature or environments; and for self-knowledge, delightful discovery, self-awareness, and fun.”  The technique employs direct use of one or both hands, but without any contact with the paint itself. 

The artist held an interactive demonstration at the opening reception on Sept. 20, and was accompanied by harpist Kristy Chmura of Chatham.  

Nature and fantastical creatures are often the subject of Ms. Howe's touch drawings and paintings.  Pieces depicting a dragon that breathes fire and transforms negative thoughts into stars; wild horses running across the ancient cave walls; a colt sitting in the grass ready to find its legs; a loving tree, and a whole lot more, are sure to delight and entertain library patrons of all ages.    

Art work may also be purchased; please see the attendants on duty for information.


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