September 5 - October 31, 2014 Michael McEwan: Landscapes and Urban Views (First floor)

Light, in its myriad guises, is the essence of Michael McEwan’s art, descriptively and metaphorically. That light is subtly complemented by the structure and lines of houses, riverbeds, buildings and valleys, which unify and amplify the artist’s sophisticated compositions.

Light, if depicted with finesse, captures the temperature, time, and tones of day and night. Importantly, it also influences the mood of those who experience it. Its infinite nuances touch our psyches, despite the increasingly frenetic, technologically-driven world in which many of us live. Michael’s art strikes a chord within the viewer that is timeless, yet true to the moment.

Jim and I hope that you can join us to enjoy the artist’s exceptional landscapes and urban views in celebration of 30 years of exhibiting his finely honed art.

     
  The Painterly Landscape (Second floor)

The Painterly Landscape illuminates the diverse range of brushwork, color harmonies, mark-making, tonal arrangements, and forms that are evident in the work of these seven talented artists. Their art is unified by their interest in painting the landscape in a manner in which the manipulation of their media is as integral a part of their art as capturing the landscape at a moment in time.  

Jim and I hope you enjoy these unique visual expressions. We thank Sharon Weiss for her generous participation and support with the inclusion of three of her gallery artists in this venture.
     
October 3 - November 3, 2014

Parables and Politics & Elijah Pierce's Art

Elijah Pierce’s humane, knowledgeable, and instructive communication of an overwhelming need for a sense of true community and connection within all America and the world as a whole is apparent in these pungent visual comments. These philosophical and political carvings also demonstrate his aesthetic and narrative “range” as an artist.

     
November 7 - December 31, 2014 Stephen Pentak: inComplete (First floor)

The strongest expectation for a masterful painting is that it be complete. Nothing can be added; nothing can be subtracted. Set against this canon is the concept of engagement or completion fulfilled by the observer or audience. In these paintings I am pushing just a bit harder at the boundary between these ideas. I stop short of those few more marks or defining elements that might afford easier access to the picture and ask the viewer to complete my thought (our thought). So, for example, a simple brushstroke suggests “here goes the branch, growing off on a diagonal”, though the trajectory is left for the viewer to complete.

Many of the marks of the painting are left somewhat detached from form. The instructions for the viewer could read: “some assembly required.” For all of this suggestion and inference, the paintings should be felt to be complete.
     
  Edmund Kuehn: The Abstractions (Second floor)

Edmund Kuehn: The Abstractions includes a suite of 20 works on paper in the media of ink, acrylic, casein, gouache, and collage from 1955 through 2005. The exhibition focuses on the diversity and unity within Kuehn’s abstract work over a 50 year period. His keen orchestration of line, color, form, and space combine with his unique personal sense of humor and wry visual commentary create a vital body of work, which speaks to us today as well as it did 60 years ago.



Exhibitions on view outside the gallery:

October 27 - December 5, 2014 French Connection: Midwestern Modernist Women (1900-1935)
at Capital University Schumacher Gallery

The show will be guest curated by James M. Keny and Tara R. Keny of Keny Galleries. This will be the first comprehensive show to focus on the extraordinary achievements of 10 Midwestern women who brilliantly contributed to the American Modernist aesthetic through their innovations and mastery of the paper media of watercolor, gouache and the color woodcut. This group of American artists was active and exhibited in pre-war Paris, frequented Gertrude Stein's Salons, and flourished in the American art colonies of Gloucester and Provincetown during World War I.

     

*Please note schedule is subject to change. 

 


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