TWISP — A new exhibit, “Darkening Light,” will be offered Sept. 30 to Nov. 11 at Confluence Gallery and Art Center, 104 N. Glover St.

An opening reception will be from 4-8 p.m. Sept. 30.

Artist Brian Sostrom will present a solo exhibit of atmospheric acrylic paintings heavily inspired by the beauty and emptiness of nature. The images are not intended to communicate a specific story, but rather to create an intriguing visual poem, organizers said.

“I have developed my own unique approach to painting,” he said. “I work with acrylic and open acrylic paints on a smooth, transparent substrate. I paint entirely with transparent acrylics and never use white, not dissimilar to the approach of a watercolorist. Lighting and atmosphere are at the very heart of my work and to create the brightest glow I find myself darkening the light.”

Sostrom was raised in rural towns of the Pacific Northwest and attended Washington State University, where he studied computer-generated art and design. Digital art became the cornerstone of his profession while his passion remained painting.

Acrylics lured him back to painting. He combines traditional techniques with unusual materials in a way that encapsulates digital ideas, layers and depth in a very physical way, organizers said.

He has presented solo shows at regional colleges and art galleries in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska.

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