WEST NEWBURY —There’s still time to take in the sweeping landscapes and vibrant colors of Patagonia as depicted by local visual artist Jocelyne Cosentino and her photographer husband, Mark.
The Crane Neck Street couple has a joint exhibit hanging at GAR Memorial Library through Oct. 31.
As an antidote to an unwelcome birthday milestone last winter, the Cosentinos traveled to the southernmost tip of South America to an area known for its grasslands and deserts — as well as its rainforest and glacial fjords.
Divided by the Andes Mountains, Patagonia is located both in Argentina and Chile. They hiked, biked and went rafting for 167 miles in 17 days, capturing “the wildlife, the beautiful wild flowers and sparse trees, the birds and the ever-present weather, including the lenticular clouds, the constant wind all during the season they call summer in December,” Jocelyne writes in their artists statement.
The exhibit consists of the photographs Mark snapped along the way and the paintings Jocelyne created afterward using photographs she had taken with her phone.
“It’s hard to sit down and sketch when you are traveling with a group of 18 to 19 people,” she said, explaining that they were among local guides and other like-minded adventurers from all over the world.
The exhibit is on display in the Fireplace Room during regular library hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.