Mosaic Second Saturday ARTwalk: Anita Peghini-Räber presents "Creation"

August 9, 2013
"Nurturing" by Anita Peghini-Räber, local U.S.-Swiss naturalistic-expressionist, acrylic.

Anita Peghini-Räber, Cape Region U.S.-Swiss naturalistic-expressionist painter, presents "Creation."

Painters paint what they know is not the entire truth, said Peghini-Räber. More often artists are asking questions they don't know the answers to in order to create communication with the viewer. These questions are likely answerable only by each individual visitor to these paintings, and are part of what give good and challenging art an enduring character. Artists own the subject matter only after studying it carefully. This process happens painfully each time anew when a painting gets started and it cannot be recreated the same way. There is much more to art than just rendition of the place and time to relate to. Observing artists depicting from life either from a life model, a still life or painted outside in plein air capturing moments shows how focused the artists are. They judge structure and color in perspective; they take notes of action and details; and most importantly, artists translate three dimensions into two.

“Each time before stating something, the crucial question - is it necessary? - has to be asked, and most likely the answer is - no. Taking endless notes leads to overstatement. Redundant information means underestimating the viewer’s intelligence and will not hold attention for long. If not, it will confuse the onlooker with its overload by killing the original intent and freshness of the artwork,” explains Peghini-Räber.

“The artists turn their focus inward - the painting has to make sense on its own. After all, it will be hanging on the wall standing the test of time regardless of its reference in place and time. As an artist, I struggle a balancing act which I go for it with all my wits, emotions and stamina to the end of creation, even if it means destroying the painting. But that approach leads to powerful, timeless art,” she said.

Peghini-Räber shows her art and represents half a dozen of the best regional artists in her upscale art gallery. She also shares constructive and fun critiquing for a fee. On Fridays from 3 to 5 p.m., artists may bring in unfinished paintings, and they will be energized to complete their work with joy. Preregistration is required. The gallery hosts monthly Argentine Tango DE Arte Milonga with a free introduction class in Argentine Tango taught by Alyssa Findlay from Tango Lewes at 8 p.m. The next social dance will take place Saturday, Aug. 31.

The Peghini-Räber Gallery is at 49 Baltimore Ave., and is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mosaic, Second Saturday ARTwalk will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10. For details call 302-227-2888 or go to


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