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“Three Figures (detail),” 2015, mixed media, gouache, ink, by Donald Saaf.

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Donald Saaf exhibit opens at MGFA

Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St., Brattleboro, features innovative works by midcareer and established artists in a variety of media. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 802-251-8290 or visit

BRATTLEBORO—Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts will present recent paintings by Donald Saaf with an artist reception and exhibition opening Thursday, June 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit continues through July 10, with an artist talk scheduled for Saturday, June 18, at 7 p.m.

Saaf’s oil paintings provide a personal glimpse into regional landscape and community. According to a news release, “His peopled, rustic scenes are crafted with attention to overall surface pattern and texture; he utilizes collaged fabric, distorted perspective and highly stylized figures to create rich, quilt-like surfaces alive with activity.”

Saaf says visitors should try to “see the pictures simultaneously both for their ‘story’ and as pure abstraction... hinting perhaps at the passage of time or suggestion that reality is more pliable than we usually think.”

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Originally published in The Commons issue #359 (Wednesday, June 1, 2016). This story appeared on page B3.

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