Earthly Light

Nikki Sedacca Gallery’s opening show, “Earthly Light,” features a variety of artists who use a color field that evokes the multifaceted splendor of light– from its brightest yellows, to subtle hues of blue and green. The Gallery’s artists draw upon the beauty of the world around them. Curating a group of seven unique artists for this show, the Gallery is excited to start the season with a variety of “must-see” work.

Arleen Joseph, abstract oil painter, paints memories from her travels. To Joseph, “mood and feeling are more important than literal reference to natural landscapes.” In her piece “Song of the Earth”, nature sings across the canvas in the form of free brushstroke in hues of yellow, fading and morphing from the traces of sophisticated blues and greens. Her work, found throughout the gallery, entices the eye to stay and consider what feelings each piece conjures.
Artist Joan Konkel’s innovative work, “Break Dance”, uses mixed media on canvas where she juxtaposes layers of painted mesh to a sleek piece of aluminum. Using shades of yellow to surround an abstracted body, Konkel creates an entirely contemporary piece. She challenges the common uses of canvas and transforms the work into an optical play of light and texture.
Color, light and texture fill Linda Richichi’s new diptych, “Higher Perspective I & II”. It is the first piece seen when walking into the gallery off Winter Street. She takes inspiration from an aerial view of a Vineyard marsh blending into the bay and heading out towards the expansive Atlantic Ocean. Richichi uses the palette knife heavily to create a stunning landscape from oil paints. The water extends for miles, and there are just the right number of clouds in the sky to capture the sun’s beams. Color is Richichi’s strong suit; from this larger 30×60 Diptych to her smaller, intimate paintings, each work is a visual escape for the eyes, mind, and soul.
Katie Cassidy’s oil painting “Surf Sweep” balances out the show with ethereal shades of blue that seamlessly blend across the canvas. A seascape —perhaps not entirely— better an abstract seascape, where clouds, water, and sky are blurred as streaks of pink poke through and blend into shades of lavender. Here, color sweeps across the canvas, and Cassidy’s brushstrokes disappear.
With light streaming in through the gallery’s large windows, “Earthly Light” is an exciting show, making the most of space. Each piece is strong, yet they work together to create a welcoming space. Stop in the gallery throughout the week to see these pieces and the rest of the show. Spend some time looking at the work, and enjoy a refreshing glass of iced tea on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information on the artists send an email to