This February 11th in Jackson New Hampshire, abstract painters Rebecca Klementovich and Kristen Pobatschnig will bring a one-day painting exhibit to the Nordic trails of the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. These two artists are redefining art shows and re-thinking traditional gallery spaces by incorporating the outdoors with their paintings. Instead of a white-walled gallery, artwork will be placed amongst the white snow, hemlocks and birches. Each viewer will ski or snowshoe to see each painting. It will be an experience to remember that combines art with nature.
The Mount Washington Valley of northern New Hampshire is not traditionally associated with avant garde abstract work. Klementovich and Pobatsching are changing that. They are a painting duo who present themselves and their art under the moniker of The Femme Fatales of the North. One of their goals is to bring more attention to female painters, especially those who are doing abstract work.
The artists are developing a new language by using radical color palettes to represent local places, landmarks and weather in New England. Many of the canvasses are abstract non-representational, ranging in size with high contrast colors to express abstract landscapes in the area. This new visual language will be in conversation with nature.
The art scene in Jackson, New Hampshire is emerging as a small gem with four galleries and one museum. With approximately nine hundred residents, the village of Jackson is also home to internationally known cross country skiing facility, Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. The Jackson waterfalls, the red covered bridge, the Great Gatsby-esque Wentworth Inn, and the Nordic skiing center are genuine manifestations of the New England spirit. The Femme Fatales are adding a new element to this New England authenticity, abstract art, to be experienced in a radically different setting. Trail passes are required to ski the trails, or a $5 donation is required to walk through the show only. To learn more go to http://jacksonxc.org/