Patterson and Coombs collaborate for ‘Second State’ |

Patterson and Coombs collaborate for ‘Second State’

Submitted by J GO GalleryJ GO Gallery, 408 Main St., will host a reception for artists Heather Patterson and Elaine Coombs on Friday, Feb. 26, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Heather Patterson and Elaine Coombs collaborated on this triptych that combines both of their abstract styles. J GO Gallery will host an opening reception for the artists on Friday. (Courtesy of J GO Gallery)

The artists have collaborated for the new J GO exhibit "Second State."

In a statement, Gallery owner Jude Grenney said while the artists will display individual works — Patterson paints urban abstracts while Coombs paints abstract landscapes — there will be a few pieces in the show that they created together.

Patterson’s imagery stems from her fascination with the environment and that humans are building bigger and better structures, but at the same time crave the natural world.

"I use a combination of inks, acrylic, graphite, and colored pencil as first layer for each painting," Patterson said. "The panels are then coated with a very thin layer of archival, UV protectant, non-yellowing clear resin. I sand that layer and coat with an acrylic medium to give a very matte (almost waxy or encaustic) type of look. Then, I continue working on top of that layer with various inks and acrylic paint and mediums to create layered textures with both shiny and matte finishes on top. Some areas get muted and fade back almost behind the look of foggy glass while other areas have a more stenciled feel and pop out from the surface."

Coombs’ art is created differently.

"In the studio, I refer to printed photographs I have taken on my nature walks, which inform my acrylic paintings," she said. "Intuitively, my eye separates the patterns of color that I see in the photo and translates these into a complex mosaic of dots on the canvas. Over time, the methodical application of the dot technique has become in itself a meditation of sorts. I am peacefully absorbed in the process of painting the work, which I hope is imparted to the viewer with a pleasurable feeling of well-being similar to what I feel actually being in the forest.

J GO Gallery, 408 Main St., will host an opening reception for the two-artist show "Second State," and exhibit featuring visual artists Elaine Coombs and Heather Patterson on Friday, Feb. 26, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit .

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