The Art League's "Annual American Landscape Show Celebrating This Great and Varied Land," at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, though often amateurish, is a nicely varied exhibition. It includes, as all such group shows do, half a dozen watercolors drenched with old barns and old houses and unabashed nostalgia in the Wyeth manner. C. Clark's "Mrs. Riley's House" is among the nicest. So is G. Roberts' etching of a snow fence falling down. Other artists represented have learned from other masters and work in other modes. S. Twyford's gentle pastel of tree trunks striped with sunlight recalls the moody and romantic paintings of George Innes. June Hoke's monoprint suggests the art of Milton Avery. C. Lopatin, and Dana Winslow, too, have caught the look of clouds mirrored in still water. Rhea Locke's "Cityscape Fog," a small cut-paper collage chock-full of right angles, is a handsome little picture in a wholly different mood.
The Art League now has 700 members. They submitted 339 works for inclusion in this show. The juror, Tom Nakashima, accepted 69. One feels for those rejected. It is painful to consider the countless artists out there, struggling alone, who do not thrive, who do not win, who rarely get a chance to see their works displayed in shows more exclusive than this one. It closes Sept. 6.