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Three Seasons: Paintings by Charles Douthat

May 13, 2023 - August 8, 2023

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Charles Douthat painting Spring

From May 13 to August 8, Three Seasons, an exhibit of paintings by Charles Douthat, are on view in the South Gallery.

Charles Douthat is a poet, retired litigator, and visual artist. A graduate of Stanford University and the University of California, Charles is a self-taught painter who works within the traditions of abstract expressionism and lyrical abstraction. He began painting 15 years ago toward the end of a long career as a trial lawyer in New Haven. In 2019, he received an MFA in Fine Arts from Warren Wilson College. His paintings, featured individually in many curated and juried shows, were most recently the subject of the one-person exhibition, Everyone Has Feelings, at Metro Art Studios in Bridgeport, and a two-person exhibition, Moving Lines, at the Kershner Gallery in Fairfield.

Charles also is an award-winning, widely published poet. His poems have appeared in many magazines and journals, including Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac. Charles’ book Blue for Oceans was awarded the 2011 PEN New England Award as the best book of poetry published that year by a New England author.

A member of the Artists Collective of Westport, Charles lives in Weston with his wife, artist Julie Leff. Learn more about his paintings and poetry at charlesdouthat.com.


“I grew up in Southern California and though living here for over forty years, I still can’t make myself like New England winters. Partly it’s the cold and the short, dark days. Partly it’s the absence of vivid colors in the world around me. The best I can say for winter is that the more it lingers the more I long for it to end. And sometimes I’m able to paint out of that longing, as I did this year for the three new works in this exhibit, which were all started and finished during the coldest months. You’ll notice no winter painting among the three. Yet if they’re strong paintings, I suspect that winter walks behind them, that each expresses my winter longing for spring.” — C.D.

(Image: Spring, 40x40, by Charles Doutthat)

Support for this exhibit is provided by The Drew Friedman Community Arts Center

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May 13, 2023
August 8, 2023
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