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56 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 21- February 27, 1997 Small looms large in Caries Amill exh bit at S CAC Gallery By Rosanne Pack Some are small, with objects, common or exotic, huddled in a central shaft of light, others stretch out and up into feet rather than inches, but again, the focus is on a object near the center, maybe a medallion, or a reclining marble bust of some long-dead philoso- pher. Meticulously brushed on color renders the surrounding can- vas or wood surface dark, yet warm and full of depth. The art of Caries Amill is not to be categorized or described in a few words, and, as the artist in- tends, the beauty and meaning are truly in the eye of the beholder. Currently on exhibit in the Sussex County Arts Council&apos;s gallery, 27 of the award-winning artist's paintings attract, confuse and stimulate viewers. "Obviously, I'm trying to raise some sort of attraction for obser- vation," he said. "This is my way of inquiring by not showing the viewer more; maybe make the viewer inquire within about the paintings." A student of philosophy, Amill spends his own share of time within, and his conversation about his work and his life are steeped with his own musings regarding the transitory nature of objects, whether they decay or just cease to have usefulness. A small pile of leaves, a jumble of animal bones, tangled links of chain may occupy a portion of a canvas or wooden surface. Their importance, or lack of it, is open to speculation; how- ever, they co-exist with every- thing else in the world, and even if they deteriorate and dissolve into the whole of the earth, they still exist in memory. Commenting on the darkness of many of his paintings, he said, "Darkness speaks deeply into the unknown. It is the opposite of brightness and light. "The unknown makes more sense in what I'm doing; I'm not projecting the false optimism of the impressionists." Then, laugh- ing, Amill hastily adds, "I don't have anything against color! You just have to be selective and have to reduce it into little areas." That much said, the viewer is on his or her own in interpreting Amill's art. And, that is his intent. Lillian Dean, executive director of the Sussex County Arts Coun- cil, said that the comments of those who stop to look at Amill's work are very interesting. She said many passers-by in the hallway gallery are attracted to the exhibit, and walk from painting to paint- ing. "At first, some are over-awed; they think that the work is beyond them," she said. "Then, I will hear someone say, 'That looks just like marshmallows!' And, of course, that is what is represented. When they realize that they are seeing Rounno Pack photo In his studio, artist Caries Aznill surrounds himself with his paintings and collections of small, precious objects such as a wasp nest, skeletal remains of a wiklflower and cotton swabs used in one of his restoration projects, His work is currently on exhibit in the Sussex County Arts Council gallery;, the small pieces pictured hero are included in an exhibit set for Salisbury State University in the faiL something common in many of Carles' paintings, their perspec- tive changes. "It's a very stimulating show." Amill is the recipient of a 1996 Individual Artist Fellowship granted by the Delaware Division of the Arts. He also recently won top awards at a juried show at the Delaware Center for the Contem- porary Arts. Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, he studied and taught art in his native land before he and his wife moved to the Unit- ed States. Now, he paints full time, and is sometimes commis- sioned to restore antique paint- ings. He has juried shows of young people, and he said he likes to watch small children in their own art endeavors. "They learn by playing; and there's a lot of play in me," he said. "I like it when I see the kids that practice art so naturally; they are so spontaneous. "Now, I'm afraid some educa- tors may abandon creativity for the Internet. Which is fine, com- puter education, the Internet is Continued on page 57 BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND[ RESTAURANT & PUB Visit us at: http-J/www.lewes.com LETS DO LUNCHI Here's some of the things you can look forward to: Pub Club, English Dip, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, New Yorker, Reuben, Crab Cake Sandwich, Chicken Salad Croissant, Famous R&C Burger, Vegetarian Burger, 7 great salads, Homemade soups & Desserts, Award winning beer selection  more... 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