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Brighten dull days with McGowan Fine Art, Mill Brook Gallery exhibits

  • Skyline by Charlie Goodwin.

    Skyline by Charlie Goodwin.

  • Rocks Estate, Presidentials View, by Catherine Tuttle

    Rocks Estate, Presidentials View, by Catherine Tuttle

  • Profile Lake by Richard Moore

    Profile Lake by Richard Moore

  • Tuckerman Ravine, June, by Catherine Tuttle

    Tuckerman Ravine, June, by Catherine Tuttle

  • Skyline by Charlie Goodwin.
  • Rocks Estate, Presidentials View, by Catherine Tuttle
  • Profile Lake by Richard Moore
  • Tuckerman Ravine, June, by Catherine Tuttle

In November, color doesn’t find you. You have to go looking for it.

Luckily, as the autumn leaves are blown and raked and trucked away, as the landscape turns drab and the daylight retreats, there are places you can go to enjoy a brighter palette and remember more generous seasons.

Get your fill of gorgeous landscapes at the Catherine Tuttle exhibit at McGowan Fine Art, then head to the Mill Brook Gallery for a mix of playful sculptures, richly imagined portraits and abstract pieces dolloped and streaked with color.

As an avid hiker, Tuttle loves a challenge. Her latest work reflects not just the places she loves but her penchant for pushing herself to the next level. Known best for her watercolor work, Tuttle began venturing into oil painting after taking classes with well-known landscape artist Ralph Stone Jacobs. Her exhibit, which is on display through Nov. 15, demonstrates her agility in adapting to this new medium.

“You can see her background in watercolor in the paintings, but she’s able to get really nice depth with the oils,” said Jessica Pappathan, director of communications for McGowan Fine Art.

Tuttle, who lives in Concord and has hiked all of New Hampshire 4,000-footers, revisited some of her favorite mountains to gather inspiration for her most recent paintings. Mixed among these lush mountain scenes are expansive beach scenes that expertly capture the interplay between water, sky and sunlight.

“Her beach scenes really resemble her ocean scenes in some ways,” Pappathan said. “She’s really attracted to these wide-open spaces.”

All of the pieces also share a softness and warmth that bring a welcome contrast to the late-fall landscape outside our doors.

Likewise, visitors can wrap themselves in texture and color at the Mill Brook Gallery exhibit, “Got ART Talent,” which features work by a dozen area artists.

Representative of her unique style, Rosemary Conroy’s “Further Insight: White-Tailed Deer” has a paint-splattered effect that puts a fun twist on realism. Emily Moore’s “Royal Message” brings vivid color and a bit of mystery to an ordinary scene. And Beatriz Sotela Bearden’s “Ali Painting Study” brings us back to reality with a charcoal portrait of a man bundled up to face the elements.

(Got ART Talent is on display through Dec. 24 at the Mill Brook Gallery. Call 226-2046 or visit themillbrookgallery.com. Catherine Tuttle’s Mountains and Beaches is on display through Nov. 15. Call 225-2515 or mcgowanfineart.com.)

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