Lewka Cims

Shade and Light: Paintings Inspired by the Groton Landscape
3 July – 27 August 2010

Shade and Light
Shade and Light, acrylic on canvas

Walking into a gallery full of Lewka’s paintings feels like a walk through the forest. Lewka captures the dappled glow of light through trees, of light reflecting off of water, with a delicate craftsmanship he has spent years perfecting. In “Shade and Light” a venerable pine tree stands in the foreground, heavy branches reaching toward the light over the water. The foliage behind is glowing in the early morning sunlight with the bright green of early Spring. The composition leads you from the tree in the left foreground on a roughly diagonal line toward the upper right part of the picture, into the darker wood, inviting the viewer to wonder what lies around the bend in the river.

Into the Deep Woods
Into the Deep Woods, acrylic on canvas

"Into the Deep Woods" is a painting that marks the deliberate mastery of the tightrope path between abstraction and representation. Light enters from the upper left, filters through branches, paints a tree trunk with a warm glow, and lands on the path in a beautiful striated pattern. The contrast between the bright, warm tones of the path surface and the cooler, darker depths of the wood ahead create an interesting tension at the heart of the composition. The branches and leaves are painted with just enough detail to give you a specific sense of place, yet are also intriguing as a play of color and light.

“In Twilight” seems to be after a storm. Evergreen branches and twigs litter the forest floor, and a bright new light dawns from behind, lending a streak of snowy path the warm tones of early light. Last years dead deciduous leaves glow amber and ocher. In his statement, Cims writes “I call on my wandering imagination so that a sense of open spaces, shapes and unabashed sense of color come forward, letting the viewer in on my quiet and spiritual journey.” This painting can be seen as a metaphor for the light at the end of an internal storm.

Cims holds a BA from the Berklee College of Music, and since then he has studied art at several schools and with the Carlisle landscape artist, Maris Platais. Cims has shown at the Reuben Hoar Library in Littleton, and won an honorable mention at the Westford Regional Art Exhibit.

All are welcome to a reception with the artist on: Tuesday, July 27, from 6:30-8:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

This exhibit is supported by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust. A portion of the sales will be donated to the Groton Conservation Trust and to the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust.

Deborah Santoro

Swamp Maples
Swamp Maples, acrylic on canvas

On the Bank of the Stream
On the Bank of the Stream, acrylic on canvas

Rocks in the Path
Rocks in the Path, acrylic on canvas

Snow Scene
Snow Scene, acrylic on canvas