Paintings of Lisa Russell, Mary Bucci McCoy on display at Bannister, April 5-25

Bannister Gallery will present the exhibition "Lisa Russell/Mary Bucci McCoy: Distillation" from April 5-25. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 5, from 5-8 p.m.

Lisa Russell. "Intonation No. 23."
Painters Russell and Bucci McCoy present intimately scaled work that, in different ways, abstracts lived experience into sensual painted languages. These languages are engaged with the essential dialectical issues of relationship, space and material. Each artist shares a succinct and tactile affinity for paint as substance, acknowledging both its physical and emotive presence.

Russell, a RIC professor of art, uses close observation of constructed still life arrangements as the starting point for her paintings. Prolonged visual analysis yields information about form, space, and perception, which become the building blocks of her carefully structured paintings. Works presented in this exhibition include her spring 2011 sabbatical project, "Em+otive Qualities: Color, Light, and Space."

Russell, who is based in Boston, has displayed her work in over 200 national and international exhibitions. Her paintings and drawings have been chosen for shows juried by curators from major museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Art, among others.

Mary Bucci McCoy. "Nothing But."
Bucci McCoy’s spare paintings on plywood panels begin with an intuitive engagement with color and paint as material. Her paintings are indirectly informed by experience and observation of the landscape, nature and the human body.

Bucci McCoy is represented by the Kingston Gallery in Boston's SoWa gallery district, where her December 2010 exhibit, "Mary Bucci McCoy: Trace," was a finalist for Best Painting Show in the New England Art Awards. She is a 2012 Massachusetts Cultural Council Painting Fellow, and has also been included in "New American Paintings and New American Paintings: 15 Years."

The exhibition is curated by James Montford, director of Bannister Gallery.

Gallery hours during exhibits are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Exhibits and events are free and open to the public. Accessible to persons with disabilities. For information on event dates and exhibit opening receptions, check the website at or call (401) 456-9765.