French Connections

European artists unite in Chagrin Falls.

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All French artist Walter Sauermann had to do was step out his back door to capture the views seen in his contributions to La Cachette Gallery’s New Paintings From Europe. A dozen pieces depict the forests and lakes surrounding Sauermann’s Normandy home studio. “It’s a wonderful place to landscape, because there are lots of motifs I can choose,” he says. “What inspires me is when I feel I can construct the composition of what I’m seeing in the landscape.”

The exhibit -- which opens today -- pairs Sauermann’s work with Maria Bertr<\#135>n’s oils on linens. “Maria and I have the same view of what painting is,” says Sauermann. “We have the same energy for it.”

Sauermann’s work has been displayed in galleries throughout the world, but “there is no mystery to my success,” he says. “I think success is when you paint something that comes from your deep instinct.”
Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Dec. 9. Continues through Jan. 29

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