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Marcia Myers



December 28 - February 3, 2006


Recognized for her ground-breaking use of fresco as a contemporary medium, Myers' new exhibition marks the international debut of two new series: Memory Paintings and Color Journeys. She continues to base her work's proportions off the ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii and continues to use natural pigments derived from the regions of the archeological sites, but with her new fresco on linen paintings, she believes in a painting's ability to evoke tactile responses in the viewer: the memory of a sound, smell, or taste - and it all starts with color.





Lynda Lowe



December 28 - February 3, 2006


Lynda Lowe etches and embeds diagrammatic drawings and gestures into every surface as she begins her process of slowly and meticulously building rich mixed-media paintings with deliberately placed vessels, leaves, compasses, birds, and other iconic images. Full of mystery, the work's meaning is elusive and shrouded in Lowe's spiritual, philosophical, and scientific searching.





Group Contemporary


December 26, 2006 - February 1, 2007


This group exhibition brings together artists that are pursuing form, surface, shape, and movement - distilled beyond a need for subject matter. From internationally acclaimed sculptor Bruce Beasley's dynamic formations of geometric objects to Raphaelle Goethal's atmospheric encaustics to Kris Cox's subtle/ tactile/ sculptural paintings to Marcia Myers' abstract frescoes to Delos Van Earl's reductive enamel paintings and twisting bronzes to Julie Speidel's totemic bronze sculptures with her contemporary, stylized sense of line, and introducing Gary Komarin's paintings that emerge out of the storied school of the Abstract Expressionists.





Sheila Gardner

Light - Color - Landscape


November 20 - December 26, 2006


Once a longtime resident of the Sun Valley area, Sheila Gardner continues to paint well-observed landscapes, rich with color and textured light. Despite a long, highly acclaimed career of observing nature, Gardner has not settled and continues to progress and develop as an artist. This new body of watercolor studies and oil on canvas paintings shows us a new freedom of loose, gestural brushstrokes as she captures the play of early morning light on the Big Wood River or how the light changes on the side of Nevada-foothills as a clouds move over. The artist is fascinated with how light and color forms the world around us; furthermore, Gardner is showing us how the appearance of the world transforms with constantly changing light.





Theodore Waddell

Recent Works


September 1 - September 30, 2006


Theodore Waddell describes the West as one large painting, he simply has to select the composition. His large oil, encaustic on canvas paintings, bronze sculptures, and oil, graphite on paper works are contemporary impressions of the beautiful, rugged, untamed panorama around us. With a natural abstraction, his canvases may capture horses standing on a ridge as an impasto-thick thunderstorm builds in the distance, or horses circled together for warmth in a snowfield, or the faint movement and forms of far off cattle escaping the August heat under the shade of willows. The West's ever-present horizon line is always lingering in the distance, balancing the canvas. Waddell uses the west as a point of departure to explore to frontier of modern painting.





James Lavadour

Magic Valley


September 1 - September 30, 2006


James Lavadour's art is an experience of the landscape. His oil on wood paintings do not replicate the landscape, rather they embody the same energy, the same spiritual occurrence of jagged mountains and unspoiled valleys, some of abstracted tranquil scenes and others of worlds on fire. While Lavadour's art does not deal directly with his Native American identity, his art is an expression of his life and, intrinsically, the contemporary Native American and Reservation culture. Meaning does not emerge from the final painting rather through the kinetic process of creation; painting becomes "a transfiguration of the experience of living." The physical act of painting “arm length brush strokes with dried and cut-up brushes that push, scrape, and layer paint in rhythmic structures" is like the artist's daily struggles; painting becomes the action of experiencing.





Jan Aronson

Mystery - The Leaves Series


August 4 - August 31, 2006


Oil on canvas paintings and graphite and oil pastels on paper drawings by Jan Aronson are featured in her first solo exhibition at the gallery. Nationally acclaimed for her paintings that capture nature and abstraction concurrently, Aronson paints stylized studies of leaves. Large scale canvases monumentalize and intensify the leaves as they appear in cropped, abstract compositions. Vital and lurid colors painted with quick, short strokes of paint are set against stark backgrounds, meant as beacons of beauty amidst darkness.





Deborah Oropallo

By and Large


August 4 - August 31, 2006


Deborah Oropallo, a self-described painter and recipient of the Pollack-Krasner Foundation Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Award, is exploring the space between painting and digital-imagery - a process that combines painting, printmaking, photography, and computer-based technology. Sliced images of houses, animals built out of leaves, sponge toy pistols, melting pill bottles, boxing gloves, blurred figurines, and comic-book backgrounds are exaggerated and obscured via the computer before being printed on canvas with acrylic paint. Her opening at the gallery follows a solo exhibition at The Boise Art Museum, funded in part by the Paul G. Allen Foundation. As well, her work can be found in numerous museum collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Jose Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.





Cole Morgan

X's and O's


August 4 - August 31, 2006


American-born, Belgian artist, Cole Morgan creates detailed mixed media paintings. He combines his own spontaneous visual-language of bright colors, mysterious handwritten scrawl, scratches, glimpses of underpainting, and strange characters with formalist, abstract compositions. On each canvas, colorful and peculiar objects seem to be archeological finds brought back from explorations into the artist's imagination. Morgan paints in such a way that every object appears to sit 3-dimensioanlly on the surface. Undecipherable notes and calculations are jotted in pencil around each canvas, as if the artist were attempting to solve Art's mystery himself.





Tony Foster

Rocky Days and Other Journeys - Watercolour Diaries


September 1 - September 30, 2006


British artist Tony Foster is as much a modern day explorer as he is an artist. Foster travels to remote regions of the world, treks into pristine wilderness, sets his tent, and paints watercolors on location. These journeys include painting icebergs in the Arctic, seascapes in Greenland, rainforests in Honduras, volcanoes in Bolivia, Georgia swamps, the Himalayas, and locations here in Idaho. The paintings are like visual entries into a captain's log. The watercolors are not just the landscape but records of his encounters: including collected objects, flora and fauna, written observations of coordinates, geology, weather, history of the area, and personal notations. Along with the exhibition, the artist will hold a special presentation of, "The Man Who Painted Everest," a new documentary film about the artist's most recent adventure to paint the world's highest mountain





Allison Stewart

A Closer Look


July 7 - August 3, 2006


Stewart's mixed media on paper pieces are intended as intimate observations of the process of nature and the effect of water. They are, as the artist describes, "a closer look" at the movements and vibrations of botanicals as flowers float away or as stems bend under a rush of water. Expressive yet analyzing, calligraphic brush strokes and bursts of color focus in on leaves, stalks, runners, and petals as they ebb across the surface of each painting.





Julie Speidel



July 7 - August 3, 2006


Julie Speidel's exhibition of new work opens in conjunction with the premiere of her monograph, "Julie Speidel," celebrating 20 years of bronze sculpture. Internationally regarded, her contemporary sculptures recall forms of ancient civilizations. Her contemporary, stylized sense of line and mass keeps the sculptures on the edge of modernity, while simultaneously evoking megaliths, totems, mythical figures, fertility goddesses, even the postures of Xi'an's terracotta warriors. Speidel views her work as modern derivatives of primordial visual culture. The book, published by Northwest Museum of Art with support from Gail Severn Gallery, is a retrospective of Speidel's career to this point. The book includes several essays, including an interview of the artist by Clare Henry, art critic for the Financial Times in London. The artist will be available to sign copies of the book.





David deVillier

Birds of Passage - Female Migrations


July 7 - August 3, 2006


Mysterious and playful narratives unveil themselves across deVillier's new paintings of acrylic and wax on panel enclosed in steel frames. The nationally recognized artist balances a highly educated background with an outsider's aesthetic. Lone women and outrageous birds find themselves on painted stages and in scenes rather than in the typical art-lexicon of foregrounds and backgrounds. The artist's theatre is full of details and symbols, like a bird wearing only one red high-heel, that give depth to each unfolding drama. Curious, passionate, and enigmatic, the figures have imaginative stories that play out in front of the viewer.





Rana Rochat and Bean Finneran


May 15 - June 30, 2006


This two-person show is an excess of color. Both artists work with saturated color and expressive line quality. Bean Finneran's ceramic sculptures are constructions of hundreds, even thousands of brightly colored, hand-rolled pieces of earthenware. The curves of ceramic burst outwardly from the center. The liveliness of Bean Finneran's sculptures are equaled by Rana Rochat's new series of encaustic paintings. Rochat's new paintings use scrawling lines, rhythms of dots and texture, and sophisticated color to create an uplifting atmosphere. The artists together create an exhibition space full of energy.





Gay Bawa Odmark

Be Like The Lotus...


May 15 - June 30, 2006


For Indian-born, local-artist Gay Bawa Odmark, the lotus holds life long meaning. From childhood reminiscence to her most recent re-visit to the Bangalore region and beyond, the lotus serves as both an object of her childhood and as a cultural metaphor for the transformation of self. Traditionally, the lotus is a tool of visualization: a form to focus on, to calm the mind when troubled. The artist points out that it is a flower that grows, transcends from mud and murky water; it is a metaphor for the self to overcome humble origins. Odmark's monoprints with chine colle are meditative explorations that echo a personal and collective understanding of the lotus.





Delos Van Earl

Everything Matters: Viscus Paintings - Luna Sculpture


May 15 - June 30, 2006


The new Viscus series by Delos Van Earl moves from his simple geometric compositions on bronze to reductive paintings with rich interactions of color and pattern. The new work mirrors such natural phenomena as the movement of rivers and the action of rain drops. But the work does not directly represent nature, rather as the artist works and reveals innumerable layers of colors, the act of painting through reduction begins to echo the process of erosion and the passage of time. Also being exhibited are his new bronze sculptures. The solid forms dynamically curve and twist, but the ends appear raw as if the sculptures were torn from a larger, complex system of bronze. This will be the first exhibition showing both his new series of paintings and new bronzes.





Eloquent Flower X


May 15 - June 30, 2006


In its 10th year, Eloquent Flower is a group exhibition of contemporary artists. Intended as a celebration of Spring, an extrinsic dialog emerges between each artist and their personal depiction of the flower. The artists present us with unique perspectives of the traditional symbol of spring and countless other concepts, like beauty, sensuality, and vitality: from Allison Stewart's expressive botanical studies on paper to Jan Aronson's painterly leaves to Lynda Lowe's flower renderings that fall equally between scientific and spiritual explorations to Michael Gregory's realist tulips to Tony Berlant's collages of metal to Deborah Oropallo's large manipulated digital photographs to Donald Campbell's color-pencil studies of fresh flowers from Florentine street markets. Also including work by David deVillier, Sheila Gardner, Zoe Hersey, Kenna Moser, Christopher Reilly, and Jack Spencer





Michael Gregory


March 8 - April 21, 2006


This month in the viewing room the full range of Michael Gregory's imagery will be shown. From his oil on panel paintings of iconic barns to his delicately painted hummingbirds to petal-soft renderings of tulips to stacked playing cards to his enigmatic structures wrapped in bright fabric, pieces from each series will be shown, representing the spectrum of his work, together for the first time.





Red, White, and Black


March 8 - April 21, 2006


This thematic group-exhibition is curated according to a limited palette of black, white, and red. The exhibition visits a number of artists working in different mediums and how these artists individually handle the three colors. The artwork, in dialog with each other, is distilled down to each artist's personal sense of mark making, medium, and composition. The manner in which internationally renowned ceramicist, Jun Kaneko, creates calligraphic strokes of glaze over thick, inviting ceramic forms is echoed in Rana Rochat's encaustic paintings of abstract language and symbols. Bean Finneran's sculptures, created out of hundreds of pieces of hand-rolled ceramic, are untamed versus Tim Andrews' remarkable precision with porcelain raku.





Group Exhibition: Painting as Object


March 8 - April 21, 2006


Contemporary works by Delos Van Earl, Squeak Carnwath, Tony Berlant, and Kris Cox create a dialog of surface: tactile layers of paint, dripping brush strokes, intentional cracking, collages of printed tin, text, deep layers of color, and subtle pattern. The work in this show embodies the modernist concept of the painting as an object - an object to be observed, experienced, and absorbed. Whether it is Kris Cox's sensual juxtaposition of lead and wax or Tony Berlant's intricate assemblage of tin to create faceted images or Squeak Carnwath's rhythms of text and color or Delos Van Earl's process of reduction to reveal abstract patterns, these works are definitive ventures into non-traditional painting.





Group Exhibition: Contemporary West


March 8 - April 21, 2006


The paintings of James Cook, Nicole Charbonnet, and Theodore Waddell are explorations into the modern concept of the American West. James Cook's oil on canvas paintings capture mountainous landscapes but with the fervor and intellectual regard of an abstract expressionist. Nicole Charbonnet's heavily textured, mixed-media paintings are manifestations of childhood memories of heroic, silver-screen cowboys, faded and distressed by time and adulthood. Theodore Waddell's impressionistic paintings of vast western-vistas with roaming horses and grazing cattle reveal an intimate knowledge of the land. The exhibition's paintings do not romanticize the West as much as they reveal the American psyche's inherent idealism of the rugged, unconquered frontier.





David deVillier


February 6 - March 6, 2006


New body of acrylic paintings on panel with wax, encased in his hand-made steel frames, connecting structural imagery, landscape, and figures in staged settings. DeVillier playfully composes vivid imagery consisting of birds, buildings, music, and isolated women poised in complex situations.







February 6 - March 6, 2006


An exhibition comprised of mostly black & white sculptures and paintings by internationally recognized artists Tim Andrews, Bean Finneran, Michael Gregory, Jun Kaneko, Cole Morgan, and Rana Rochat.







February 6 - March 6, 2006


"Surface" group contemporary show focusing on surface built by a variety of processes, materials & imagery, featuring Tony Berlant's collages of found & fabricated hand-shaped pieces of printed tin, Squeak Carnwath personal narrative paintings made of oil and alkyd on canvas, Kris Cox's modernist grid paintings made of wood putty & wax, Julie Speidel's fabricated bronze sculptures exploring ancient cultures, and Delos Van Earl's new abstract paintings with layers of oil enamel on panel.




The Horse and The West


February 6 - March 6, 2006


Nicole Charbonnet, Jack Spencer and Theodore Waddell share a common passion for creating images that give the viewer a sense of The American West. In this exhibition, the horse, a graceful icon of the west, is captured through the eyes of three artists with diverse backgrounds ranging from the Southern states to Idaho and Montana. Charbonnet's mixed media paintings, Waddell's oil paintings on canvas and paper, and Spencer's mixed media photography all covey the horse in both the real and the imaged West. This exhibition is Nicole Charbonnet's debut at Gail Severn Gallery. Charbonnet is widely regarded in the International contemporary art scene for her use of imagery from popular culture to explore memory and recollection.

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