Ann Arbor’s WSG hosts work by Karin Wagner Coron

Michael H. Hodges
Detroit News Fine Arts Writer

Karin Wagner Coron’s “From Above” at Ann Arbor’s WSG gallery is a fun show of what you could call airplane viewpoints — colorful paintings of landscapes seen from above.

The exhibition is up through Nov. 26.

WSG, a membership-based enterprise, typically hosts a titled show in one gallery, and then an unthemed exhibition of work by gallery members in another.

Whoever hung the membership portion of this current exhibition was sensible enough to pull in a number of landscapes, so there’s fun opportunity to compare “From Above” with how other artists handle the subject.

In Coron’s case, a canvas like “Green Fields,” with its geometric patterns of crops and trees, works both as representation and abstraction. Her use of color — there’s an entire spectrum of soft greens — is great, particularly the vertical pink field at the top, which helps all the other colors pop.

Also very successful is the tall “Thames River, Ontario, Canada,” a limpid view across a dappled landscape organized by a meandering river.

The narrow painting’s height works to its advantage. It’s not only totally convincing, but the verticality lets Coron play with an endless series of narrowing, overlapping fields, all receding to the horizon line.

Also of interest is her very large “Lake Erie,” where a long, thin peninsula — Pelee Point, perhaps? — frames the upper-left-hand corner of what is otherwise an entirely water-filled canvas.

“Lake Erie,” as seen from an airplane by Karin Wagner Coron, in the exhibit “From Above.”

Again, color makes this work as the artist has incorporated a bit of credible Caribbean glamour.

Upfront, among the works by gallery members, two painters — Jill Stefani Wagner and Maria Ruggiero — offer their takes on the problem of the landscape.

Ruggiero gives us a view of low mountains and fields in “Austria.” Her brush style is robust and loose, and she gives her deft command of perspective quite a workout.

For their part, Wagner’s “Saginaw Fields” and “After the Rain,” two studies of ordinary country views, are hard to take your eyes off.

“After the Rain” by Jill Stefani Wagner at Ann Arbor’s WSG gallery.

All in all, there are a whole lot of landscape to like here.

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‘From Above: Karin Wagner Coron’

Through Nov. 26

WSG gallery, 306 S. Main, Ann Arbor

Noon-6 p.m. Tue. and Wed.;

noon-9 p.m. Thurs.; noon-10 p.m. Fri. and Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.

(734) 761-2287