Stonington gallery celebrates 20th season
The gWatson Gallery is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The gallery opened in 1998 in what was then the second floor of the Grasshopper Shop at 68 Main Street in Stonington. In 2007, the gallery moved to the first floor where it continues to exhibit art each year from May to mid-October. The current exhibition presents Stonington landscapes by three Russian artists who came to the country to collude with American artists and paint together in the fall of 2016: Viktor Butko, Irina Rybakova and Olga Karpaheva. Butko has returned twice from Moscow since his first visit, and his recent work comprises most of the current exhibition at the gallery. All three of these classically trained artists paint lush, fresh landscapes in the tradition of the finest artists in their country, according to a news release. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Pictured is “Stonington Ice Cream Shop” by Viktor Butko, oil on canvas, 20x24 inches, at gWatson Gallery.