Dolphin Gallery

Dive In: New Works in Pastel by Diane Reed Sawyer

July 30 - September 29, 2016


DIVE IN, a show of recent work by Milton pastelist Diane Reed Sawyer celebrates the beauty and delight of summer. The show is sponsored by the North River Arts Society

Colors have a special vibrancy in the intense summer sun, and this is especially true at the beach or on the water. Reflections on the water’s surface are mesmerizing as it continuously shifts, mirroring the sky and objects around it.

Working either on site, or from sketches, photos, and color notes Sawyer strives to capture the magic of this interaction of light and form.

Typically she starts with an underpainting to set the composition—which is often quite abstract. Layering pastel over this base, she constructs her image. The pastel pigment’s crystalline form creates a luminous surface, and her open strokes allow the color beneath to show through.

In this show Sawyer explores our powerful connection to water, whether it is the ocean, a lake, or river. The figures in her paintings are iconic rather than specific, as she seeks to connect us with our earliest memories of water as a child.

Diane Reed Sawyer has won many awards for her work, which is included in numerous private collections. She is represented by True Grit Gallery in Middleborough MA, and Anderson Fine Arts of Lexington. For more information visit her website.


The public is invited to an opening reception in the Gallery on Monday, August 8 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

Dream Of Summer by Diane Sawyer

2016 Dolphin Gallery Upcoming Schedule

  • Dive In: New Works in Pastel by Diane Reed Sawyer from July 30 - September 29
  • Oil Landscapes of John McConnell from October 1 - November 2
  • North River Arts Society Show from November 4 - January 5, 2017

Application to Exhibit



The Clemens gallery is accepting applications for exhibiting in 2016 - 2017. Currently, the Dolphin Gallery is booked for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. If you are interested in exhibiting in the Clemens Gallery, please fill out the following applications and submit them to the Library Director: