Works of Katherine Berlin featured at the Marlborough Arts Center
By Kevin Hotary - Staff Writer
Marlborough - posted Mon., Jul. 25, 2011
When you look at the artwork of Katherine Berlin, you get an immediate sense of the familiar. Many of the scenes, the buildings, the flora and the fauna are familiar, although slightly more vibrant, and certainly more serene.
“I try to paint relaxing scenes,” said Berlin, as she greeted visitors at the reception kicking-off her one-woman show, “There is Beauty in Everything,” now appearing at the Marlborough Arts Center.
Working mostly with watercolors, and occasionally with pastels, Berlin has become something of a legend in the area, with her work hanging in numerous locations, from the Cragin Library in Colchester to the Chatham Historical Society museum in her hometown of East Hampton, which also happens to be one of her favorite artistic locations.
“When I moved to East Hampton, I thought it was so beautiful,” she said of her penchant for choosing sites in the town, with her works often focusing on historic buildings. However, as illustrated in the 47 pieces on display at the Arts Center, her selection of topics is broad, with several series of paintings based on places she has visited. Always with a camera, Berlin photographs scenes of interest to work from in her studio. One of her favorites, “The Mill Store,” from her Marlborough Barn series, shows a cold, snowy scene, even though she painted it “in the heat of summer,” she said.
“She is probably my favorite watercolorist of all time. I’ve got a lot of her paintings at my house. I just love her work, absolutely love it,” said fellow artist Marilyn Murphy.
In addition to her painting, Berlin has also taught art classes, at the Arts Center as well as at Manchester Community College.
“She’s done so much for the Marlborough Arts Center. She’s a really valuable member,” said Pattie Bullock, co-chair of the show, who is also a fan of Berlin’s work.
“I like that she does a lot of her work locally,” said Bullock, adding, “I particularly like her use of color. I think it’s absolutely stupendous.”
“There is Beauty in Everything” will be at the Marlborough Arts Center (www.marlborougharts.org) through Aug. 28. Gallery hours are Sat. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the show is free. Examples of Berlin’s work can be seen on her website, www.artistkatherineberlin.com.