The Silver Circle Gallery in Putnam has announced the upcoming exhibit, "Pathos: Works by Karen Reid," featuring abstract impressionistic landscape and figurative oil, watercolor, and encaustic paintings. The exhibit will be on display Sept. 4–28. There will be an artist's reception Friday, Sept. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., and a gallery talk Saturday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m.

The exhibit's title, "Pathos," means "to tug on an emotional chord," which is representative of the profound impact Reid's paintings provoke. She harnesses an alluring, ethereal quality in her work, which resonates on a deep and often subconscious level with the viewer. This is a natural result of her intuition-based creative process.

"I immediately get an idea down on canvas to satisfy an impulse or emotion," said the artist. "I then allow myself to dismantle the form and let the image evolve into what takes on a more sensitive, emotional and deeper meaning for myself. As I paint, I am seeking to recognize the significance of certain gestural marks, colours and compositions. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted."

Reid studied at The Art Institute of Boston, The South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, Mass., The Fuller Museum in Brocton, Mass., the Danforth Museum in Framingham, Mass., and The School of The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Currently, she works in her studio in Oxford, Mass., and teaches oil painting and watercolor classes while exhibiting mainly in the New England area.