Almost to prove the point that her works are about “the magic of paint,” as Strassman says in an artist’s statement, rather than fame, the show also includes several portraits of anonymous street figures. Captured at moments when they are rummaging through a purse, watching traffic from the sidewalk, or simply lost in thought while waiting, the people in these images are studies in “disconnection,” as the series they appear in is titled.
“It is a 180,” said Strassman, who started painting street people around two years ago. “I got to the point where I thought I needed to do something a little different.”
But these portraits are no less alive, in Strassman’s sense, than the paintings of famous people. In both cases, it’s the creative process that has brought them to life.
In spite of the contrast between the subjects of the two series — or perhaps because of them — the viewer sees that it is the creative process that has brought them to life.
IF YOU GO ... What: "Ordinary and Extraordinary People, Conversations on Canvas and Cardboard, Portraits by Ann Strassman" When: Through Friday, Sept. 27. Gallery hours Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. No weekend or evening hours. Where: Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery, Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly Admission: Free and open to the public Information: www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts