artNEWS: Terra Incognita – Becky Darling | Derrick Te Paske | Molly Wensberg

August 10, 2017

September 5 – October 27, 2017
Reception September 8, 5-7PM

Becky Darling demo Saturday, September 30, 11AM-1PM

Derrick Te Paske studio tour, limited availability, October 14, 9-2PM RSVP

Molly Wensberg studio tour, limited availability, October 28, 10-12PM RSVP

Darling, ‘Late Afternoon Mackeral Cove, Swan’s Island

McGowan Fine Art announces “Terra Incognita,” a three person show. The show will run from September 5 through October 27 with a reception on September 8 from 5-7PM. This show is free and open to the public. Terra Incognita features the work of two landscape painters- Molly Wensberg & Becky Darling and the wooden vessels of Derrick Te Paske. Each artist approaches and defines nature through their own lens.

Becky Darling’s coastal and mountain scenes are defined by tranquility. Wet on wet watercolor is her hallmark – the technique creates soft, shimmering swathes of color. The unpredictability over the pigments and flow during each piece’s evolution leads to exciting moments for the artist and viewer. In ‘Late Afternoon Mackeral Cove, Swan’s Island,  Darling uses different techniques to pull the rich blue sky down towards the solid, coastal rocks. These tonal gradations are thoughtfully punctuated by verdant hills and trees.

Wensberg, ‘Green Sweep’

Molly Wensberg uses a spatula knife to apply paints creating her signature luminous fields of colors, soft edges and soothing atmosphere abound. The newer work explores subtle color shifts creating a patchwork of distance and dimensions in space. In “Green Sweep” she uses a unifying lilac tone to hold the composition together.

Te Paske, Bristle

Derrick Te Paske doesn’t think of himself as a ‘woodturner.’ I usually don’t make useful things…and I have greater pretensions,” he smiles. “I create objects that use woodturning. I am also willing to gunk up a piece with acrylic medium or pins to change the surface,”” says Te Paske. His objects are often adorned with escutcheon pins – upwards of 2000 per vessel! – creating rhythmic patterns across the surface. In “Bristle” the pins are partially driven in creating a halo of pins- the effect of a porcupine made of wood and brass. Other times the wood is allowed to stand on its own- the grain of yew needs no embellishment, but all are elegant forms.

This exhibit will be on display at McGowan Fine Art, 10 Hills Avenue, Concord, until the move in October. Hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 to 6 PM; we will be closed on Saturdays for the month of August but are available by appointment. Please call Sarah Chaffee at 603-225-2515 for more information or visit our website at