Judith McCabe Jarvis

Review by writer, Adriana della Porta

Judith McCabe-Jarvis makes us look  at life, and  see something more.  Her facile talent with the instruments of art -- in this case brush strokes and color and  christening her canvas -- underpin the quotidian with originality and honesty that  make "girl with sunglasses" or "at the jersey shore" irresistible and beautiful,  witty and affirming.
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> McCabe-Jarvis' work has been commissioned and collected for public spaces and private legacies from California to Connecticut, Arizona to Florida.  Her career began at public university and was enriched in Europe and the daily rigors of developing her perspective of the visual inspiration of meaning and purpose most recently in Brandywine River, Pennsylvania.

Judith Mccabe-Jarvis at Salon des Amis Gallery in Malvern, PA

Salon Des Amis Gallery. In the current 24-artist, 60-piece "Atmosphere" theme show at Amis, the best works dealing with outer space are by painters Jeanne Alleva and Laima Sprangauskaite and glass artist Gateson Recko. Others with a particularly interesting point of view, associated with misty air and water conditions offshore, are Maria Maneos' brushy paintings, Kevin Coffey's small, robust landscape drawings, and Judy Jarvis' harbor scenes - attractive despite polluted waters. Jeremy McGirl's sensitive rural landscapes are similarly imperiled. Mary Beaumont and Hugo Hsu also zero in on peril around us. Joe Gorman's photos confidently capture several shades of lonely urban atmosphere, while Joe Sweeney's oils cite pungent colonial history in our midst. (Philly.com)

Salon des Amis Gallery, 2321 Yellow Springs Rd., Malvern. To Jan. 25. Tue-Sat 11-6, Sun 1-6. 610-647-6010.

Review by Victoria Donohue

“One of the more lucid and decisive among eight painters exhibiting in the 100-item summer show at home works in West Chester is Judith Jarvis of Chadds Ford, showing a range of subjects. Only an apathetic eye could fail to respond to the best of her landscapes, still lifes, and an oil painting of a dog.”

Art Review by Victoria Donohue
Philadelphia Inquirer
Sunday, July 3, 2005

Review by Mark Sullivan, Ph. D.

“Judith McCabe Jarvis has been characterized as a “Brandywine School” artist, but this resident of Chadd’s Ford, PA, is no mere follower in the footsteps of Howard Pyle or the Wyeth family.  She paints in a style that is realistic, in the sense that one can recognize the locations she is recording on her canvases; but her brushwork is much more painterly than that of a Pyle or a Wyeth.

“She has painted at locations all over the eastern half of the United States, from the Adirondacks to Key Biscayne, Florida.  She expresses and evokes many moods with her paintings.  In looking at one of her paintings, you may be reminded of the nostalgia in Edward Hopper’s work, or of the sunny optimism in  Fairfield Porter’s oils.  In looking at others, you may recall sunny summer afternoons from your youth, when time seemed to stand still; or you may feel the excitement and stimulation of standing in the middle of New York’s Times Square.

“Judith McCabe Jarvis’s paintings have won many regional awards in recent years, because they remind us of deeply-felt, if inexpressible, experiences that we have all had at different times and places in our lives.”

Review by Mark Sullivan, Ph. D.
Professor of Art History, Villanova University, and former reviewer for Art Matters, the Philadelphia region’s leading art magazine