Lyceum Gallery

Color Speaks: Works by Alison Palizzolo

Color Speaks: Featuring Works by Alison Palizzolo
January 30- March 17, 2017
Reception for the Artist: Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 6-7 p.m.

The Derryfield School Lyceum Gallery proudly presents Color Speaks, stunningly bright and colorful paintings by New Hampshire artist Alison Palizzolo. “Color is to visual vocabulary as words are to auditory speech” says the artist and her work reflects that sense. Color Speaks will talk to its viewers with work that is playful and experimental. Alison says “My artistic decisions are rooted in color theory, drawing upon color’s rich history and from the doctrines of scholars such as Aristotle, Newton, Goethe, Munsell, Albers, and others.”

Ms. Palizzolo grew up locally in an artistic household, and began taking art lessons at the Currier Museum of Art at the age of seven. She graduated cum laude from Keene State College in 2009 with an individualized major in art history and a minor studio art. During the summer of her sophomore year, she obtained an internship at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, which led to a full-time position. In May 2016 she was promoted to public relations coordinator. Ms. Palizzolo says for her, “Creating art has always been my greatest passion, studying the history of art is a close second.” 

The works Ms. Palizzolo will share with the Derryfield community are comprised of a series entitled Single Breakthrough which is to be viewed as a whole and then as a microcosm. The artist uses a consistence of ratio and compositional formula, and style in her creations in order to “facilitate the viewer to focus on color as the subject and medium. I believe the use of these unifying characteristics will enable a true artistic exploration of color. Allowing the viewer to fully consider their innate emotional and intellectual responses to various hues.”

The observer is encouraged to first “explore the series as a whole and then contemplate them as individual works of art. When displayed in a group, the paintings are meant to speak to one another. Individuals will naturally be drawn to color schemes that ignite a conscious or subconscious reaction. It is necessary to examine which hues generate positive responses and why. Alternatively, the viewer to also consider why their perception of certain colors motivate a negative reaction.” Each larger 18x24 inch painting (3:4) is accompanied by a 3x3 inch (1:1) mini painting, created from the same palette as it's larger counterpart. The microcosms test how our visual perception of identical colors can be altered by a change in scale. The microcosms are also meant to provide another possible point of entry into my work. Hopefully, they too will spark conversations centered on color perception and communication.”

In her work, Ms. Palizzolo is searching for, what color theorist Josef Albers described as, the “magic of color.” Albers writes "In order to use color effectively it is necessary to recognize that color deceives continually.” Palizzolo’s paintings are “experiments in color communication, how our eyes interpret the language of color to our brain, and the resulting emotional reaction or intellectual response.” Experience for yourself the magic of color and how it speaks!

Color Speaks runs from January 30 to March 17, 2017. All are invited to a reception for the artist Friday, February 10, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. (snow date March 15, 6:00-7:00 p.m.) in The Derryfield School's Lyceum Gallery. Live music by Derryfield student musicians, and refreshments will be provided. The Gallery is open weekdays, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. To learn more visit or email You may link to Ms. Palizzolo’s website here:
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