I recently paid a visit to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley to see the Art and the Animal exhibit. The work in this show is pretty astounding, representing a wide range of media, from oil, acrylic, and watercolor painting, to collage and bronze sculpture, mostly falling under the realism-side of the spectrum. It was all pretty astounding, and both my wife Kris and I look forward to getting another look, before it comes down in early September. There were no photos permitted, and it should be seen in person anyway! That said, another great show was happening at the museum, featuring the work of a lesser-known local artist named Jim Costello. His paintings lean towards abstraction, and are alive with rich, vivid color, unified by vibrant blues, yellows, and earthy greens and browns, as well as white. It was a pleasant surprise seeing Jim Costello's art exhibit, called "Dynamics of Desire", which provided a good balance, and contrast to the mostly extremely precise, hyper-realistic work in the rooms next-door. You can read the artists' fascinating story in the final photo, however if you're in the Winchester, Virginia area, make sure to see both spectacular exhibits in person, before they come down soon!
Monday, July 17, 2017
Friday, July 14, 2017
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Here are several great paintings by Marion Cole at the Cascades Library in Sterling, Virginia. I stumbled upon her work unexpectedly the other day, and am an instant fan. There's something so unique and intuitive about her work, like from a beautiful, peaceful dream.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Another stellar show is currently happening at Tryst Gallery in Leesburg, Virginia right now. My wife Kris and I have work in this show, called "As You Like It", which will continue to be on exhibit through July, 2017. Plan a visit and make a day of it, exploring the gallery, touring The Marshall House, and having an excellent cold beverage at Loudoun Brewing!
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
See the Splotch Monster Island version HERE. Also, some good food for thought can be found in an article regarding the Endangered Species Act, written for National Geographic, can be found HERE.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Friday, June 16, 2017
A recent visit to Sperryville, Virginia led to a tip to stop by Haley Fine Art, just down the street from the Middle Street Gallery. Like much of Sperryville, what's inside the quaint, unassuming, historic architecture can be a real surprise, as is the case with local sculptor Alex Bay's "Untitled" exhibit. Upon entering the gallery's front door, Kris and I were greeted by a room showcasing an enormous, complex, horizontally configured rectangular structure called "Rudy's Garage". This giant kinetic masterpiece moves and makes sounds, even music, in a musique concrete sort of way. Seeing this magnificent and complex work was only the beginning of experiencing an exhibit that completely took my wife and I by surprise, as we had no idea what we were in for.
While "Rudy's Garage" was definitely the show stealer, Bay's smaller works had an intimate quality to them that was equally powerful and intricate, inviting the viewer to lean in and take a closer look around, and perhaps get lost a little.
I think of the inventiveness of Alexander Calder's work, and the resourceful approach Louise Nevelson took to sculpture, yet Bay's art stands in a world all it's own, utilizing found objects and sound, even, playing with light and shadow, each sculpture a universe unto itself.
Sperryville, as I have found, is a place where it's more than meets the eye, and Haley Fine Art, and the current Alex Bay exhibit is one fine example of such a claim. This is definitely a show not to miss!
Thursday, June 15, 2017
The Franklin Park Arts Center, located in Purcellville, Virginia continues to bring some of the finest in local talent to the public, this time with their current art exhibit, "Landscapes of the Mind". I'm happy to have a piece in this show, along with some of my favorite local artists, including Wayne Paige, Brian Kirk, and many more. It's such a beautiful and varied show, with so much to take in, with artists interpreting the theme in every way imaginable. Don't miss this exhibit if you're in the area!
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
wayne paige: around the edge, on exhibit at middle street gallery, sperryville, virginia through 6/18/2017
Last weekend, Kris and I trekked out to Sperryville, Virginia for the first time, mainly because I wanted to see Wayne Paige's solo art exhibit, "Around the Edge", currently on display at the Middle Street Gallery. Sperryville was a treat in itself, but that's for another post. Wayne's show, was a delight to see, in person, as the black and white pen and ink drawings had so much minute detail, so eloquently packed onto such small pieces of paper. Ever since finding out about Wayne's work on the 2014 Western Loudoun Artists' Studio Tour, I've made an effort to stay up to date with his shows and art.
Some words from Wayne, from the Middle Street site:
"Since 1997 I have retreated to a life inside the inkwell- a black and white world of duality sprinkled with social commentary and Dreamscape imagery. In the current exhibition “Around the edge” a three-dimensional format is explored with each pen and ink drawing wrapped around a canvas and secured in a shadow box frame. Portrayed within is an imaginary landscape of mountains, waterways and woodlands populated by featureless beings. Many are cliff dwellers seeking escape while others are just engaging in daily activities. Events unfold as a celestial armada encroaches their environment- causing consternation and portending everlasting change. All takes place under a moonlit sky around and over the edge.
The Digital Age has brought upon us a binary kaleidoscope fog and this fog has blanketed both perception and reality. I think of my art as beyond the fog evolving instead at the bottom of an inkwell. In only working with the traditional media of pencils, pens and paper, my inspiration derives from personal perceptions of contemporary life and the reality of encroachment. Conflict, dreams and humor are often woven within."
The gallery itself is located in a beautifully transformed house built in the 1800's, and features and array of exceptional local talent. Below the gallery, in the same building, is a wonderful coffee house and cafe - again, for another post.
In the meantime, don't hesitate to stop by Middle Street Gallery to see "Around the Edge", on exhibit only through Sunday, June 18. Also, Wayne will be doing an artist talk this Friday, on June 16, at the gallery!