Alet Zielhuis, Self-Portrait, 2020, oil on canvas, 12 x 9; Lizzie Abelson, Westcott 3, 2023, acrylic with pencil on paper, 21 x 18


Lizzie Abelson


A New England native, Lizzie was born (1971) and raised in Suffield, Connecticut. She went on from there to study painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, spending her junior year abroad with RISD’s European Honors Program. She currently lives in Boylston, Massachusetts.

Lizzie’s artistic focus has shifted over the years from magazine illustration to figurative studies to botanical drawings to small, intimate, and resolutely unpeopled landscapes. Her most recent paintings depict spaces that feel at once familiar and foreign. She is drawn to liminal spaces, quiet colors, strong compositional elements, and balanced arrangements of perfect imperfections that invite the viewer in while also evoking a subtle sense of mystery, unease, or aloneness. Wanderlust and daydreamy escapism move in tandem as a constant undercurrent.

Lizzie Abelson + Alet Zielhuis

Exhibition Reception Date:

January 11, 5:30pm

Exhibition Opening:

January 11

Exhibition End Date:

February 11

Exhibition Year:


Alet Zielhuis


Alet Zielhuis grew up in the Netherlands and has lived in Concord for almost thirty years. As a child, she loved drawing, but stopped in the teenage years. At 50 she picked drawing again and started painting a few years later. Alet has followed classes at the MFA and MassArt and online workshops at The Art Digger Lab, The Royal Drawing School and Black Pond Studio. She works from life and attends life model sessions in the Boston area and in France. In the absence of a life model, she paints objects in her house and self-portraits.