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Winchester resident Joan Baldwin exhibits ‘Hallucinations’ at Kingston Gallery

‘On & Off Ramps’ by Joan Baldwin is an oil on canvas. COURTESY PHOTO/JOAN BALDWIN

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The following was submitted by the Kingston Gallery:

From now through June 30, the Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave., #43, Boston, will be holding an exhibit by Winchester resident Joan Baldwin called “Hallucinations.”

An opening reception will be held Friday, June 7, from 5–8 p.m.

While wandering in Cape Cod, Baldwin is always on the lookout for a fresh approach to her environment, observing the plants and animals along the saltwater shores. The images that attract her attention become a springboard for the ideas in her paintings.

In order to express her fantasies, she personifies what she sees, often putting herself into the role of the painting’s main subject. Later, when she’s working in her studio, she allows herself to go beyond the reality of what she visually observed, the branches, grasses, insects and animals, and lets the happenings in these compositions take on a life of their own.

The caterpillars in the painting “On & Off Ramps,” inching their way through a congested, yet richly layered environment, suggest they inhabit a world filled with new opportunities, but also with new dangers.

Each painting is different, but Baldwin’s imagination and personification of nature and everyday objects connects them together in a world of wonder she calls Hallucinations.

Besides exhibiting at Kingston Gallery since 2003, Baldwin has been a participant in a variety of invitational and juried shows, such as Home: Self, Spirit, Space at Clark University, Claiming the Spirit at Brandeis University, and More Unique Seats at The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury.

She exhibited at the Cape Cod Cultural Center in 2017 and in 2018 at The Hopkinton Art Center.

Baldwin has received many awards, including the exclusive finalist award in works on paper from the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Artist’s Grant Program. She has been reviewed in many publications, including Art New England, The Boston Globe and Artscope.

For many years prior to 1995, Baldwin worked as an illustrator, muralist and display artist in Charlotte, N.C.

She has lived and worked in the Boston area since 1995, concentrating exclusively on fine arts painting.

Baldwin graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in art education and has supplemented her education in Charlotte N.C., London and Boston, including courses at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her studio is at River Street Artists, part of Waltham Mills Artists Association in Waltham.

Kingston Gallery is an artist-run gallery incorporated in 1982, Kingston Gallery is Boston’s second oldest such institution presently in operation. The gallery exhibits the work of Boston-area contemporary artists, and features a diverse range of media, including painting, photography, sculpture, and installation.

Located in the SoWa district in the South End, the exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Kingston Gallery is open to the public Wednesday–Sunday 12–5 p.m., and by appointment.

For more information, call 617-423-4113 or visit kingstongallery.com.

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