River Garden exhibit features watercolors by Jane May Jones

River Garden exhibit features watercolors by Jane May Jones

BRATTLEBORO — During January, the Gallery at the Garden features an exhibit entitled “New England Through the Eyes of an Artist,” presenting original watercolor paintings by Jane May Jones. Subjects range from fall in Vermont to summer on Cape Cod and everything in between.

Jones, whose home is in Readsboro, nearly always has a camera at her side on her daily travels and looks for scenes reflecting a natural beauty of composition as well as feelings of peace and serenity. She then transposes those scenes into her watercolor paintings.

“The combination of architectural and garden elements delights my senses and those studying my work,” Jones says. “These elements are bought to the forefront with the combination of muted grays and browns of the older houses, which I am often drawn to, and I then liven them up with a punch of color in a flower box or rambling rose.”

Gardening has been a part of Jones' life since she was a young girl in England. She also takes delight in decorating her home, and has used both her gardening and decorating skills professionally. These two talents are married in her paintings and form the basis of most of her subject matter.

Her work focuses on interesting doorways and other architectural elements of homes and business, as well as the scenic beauty of Vermont and other areas of New England.

Nearly all of her paintings include flora and even some fauna.

Jones' works at the River Garden are original watercolors and are for sale. (She also offers cards and calendars at www.janemayjones.com.) The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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