In the Gallery
The Peace of Wild Things
Paintings by Gabriella Mirabelli and Tim Robinson
October 2022 – January 2023
Opening reception Thursday, October 20 from 5-7pm. Free to attend, all are invited. Wine and light refreshments will be served.
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
— Wendell Berry
About the Artists
Gabriella Mirabelli is an artist who values simplicity, space, light and stillness. Her paintings simplify natural forms into abstract compositions. She traverses the art world of landscape impressionism and abstract realism. She creates art to find peace and serenity in herself and as an analog detour from our frantic existence.
Well-versed in that hectic world, thanks to her work as a consumer insights and brand strategy consultant, Mirabelli believes that the manmade world is often overwhelming, full of noisy pixels, brutal squares, tight lines and confining boxes. She admits, “Painting lets me connect with the essence of things. When I see the world, my mind simplifies natural forms into abstractions: curves, circles, and wandering organic shapes.”
Since moving to the area twenty years ago, she has sought refuge and inspiration at Teatown Lake Reservation. She can often be found, rain or shine, hiking on the trails and taking photographs.
She is honored by the opportunity to share her work at Teatown, the nature preserve of the wild spaces she so loves.
Mirabelli likens these paintings to maps, and says that she hopes they “guide viewers to the pockets of still space and grounded presence that I find in nature: the eternal places to which I always come back.”
Gabriella lives and works in Croton on Hudson. View more of her work here.
Tim Robinson is a painter of woodland and landscape who has a long history with Teatown and these local woodlands. Tim lives and works in Croton on Hudson, and since his childhood has returned to these wild spaces for inspiration, to escape, to grow, to recharge.
Starting as a successful editorial Illustrator in the 1990’s, Tim has recently returned, more and more, to the joy of pure painting. His oils of the Hudson Valley, and the hills and wildlife nearby, are widely collected both locally and regionally. For this exhibit, Tim has focused his eye on long treasured scenes of local wooded spaces and wildlife. He is very excited about the opportunity to now show his vision of these wild things here at Teatown Reservation, our most extensive local wilderness.
These paintings are meant to convey the peace and beauty of light through the canopy, as it reveals to us (just visitors) what will continue, as always, when we are gone.
View more of his work here.