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EXHIBITIONS 2014

Honoring Our Landscape III

Painting, Photograph & Sculpture

October - November,  2014

 

Featuring Victoria Adams, Divit Cardoza, James Cook, Sheila GardnerMichael Gregory, Rod Kagan, Laura McPhee, Jack Spencer, and Theodore Waddell

 

Honoring our Landscape features the aesthetic interpretation of the land by Nationally renowned painters Victoria Adams, Divit Cardoza, James Cook, Sheila Gardner, Michael Gregory,  and Theodore Waddell. Jack Spencer and Laura McPhee present their photographic view of our western lands along with the bronze sculptures by Rod Kagan.

 

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Lisa Kokin

November 19th -December 17th,  2014   Viewing Room

Excerpt form Kokin's How the West was Sewn Artist Statement

 

In 2008 I found boxes of pulp cowboy novels at the local recycling center. Although I wasn’t drawn to the imagery, the sheer quantity of the books was enough to entice me to take them back to the studio. After awhile I started to like the imagery, in a campy sort of way. The machismo and violence were so overt and over the top that they begged to be rearranged and recontextualized.

 

The Lace Cowboy series presents cowboys and their guns constructed of fragments of vintage lace and other found textiles. Rendered frilly and ephemeral, they are mere shadows of their former intimidating selves.

 

The Anti-Massacre series is composed of stitched interventions into small found textiles, another paradoxical juxtaposition of “women’s work” and the violence and lawlessness of the books from which the imagery is drawn.

 

Anti-Masssacre is a play on words; many of the textiles were originally anti-macassars, or small cloths that are placed over the backs or arms of chairs and sofas to prevent soiling the fabric. “Maccasar” and “massacre” sound so similar that I couldn’t help but use it as a title for the series.

Color III

Contemporary Painting & Sculpture

October - November,  2014

 

Featuring  Squeak Carnwath, Jun Kaneko, Gary Komarin, Cole Morgan, Marcia Myers, Rana Rochat and Julie Speidel

 

Artists in this exhibition use color as a predominate component of their artwork. Squeak Carnwath gives voice and form to those deeply affecting experiences that many of us find difficult to articulate. Focusing on painting as a space of exploration, Raphaëlle Goethals uses wax, pigment and resin as her signature media. Ceramic sculptor Jun Kaneko's large-scale ceramic Dangos are glazed, smooth, painterly forms. Gary Komarin’s abstract painting style visually engages the viewer with richness of color as a primary message, while Cole Morgan creates whimsy and illusions of dimension with color and shape.  Marcia Myers utilized color to capture the essence of her Italian experiences.  Her paintings are relics of a creative process in which the act of creating supersedes the product of creation. Deborah Oropallo’s work shocks and amazes viewers, but not through the use of violence or brutality. Her imagery subtlety challenges how we think and feel about where our food comes from. Ancient sites and artifacts have always influenced Julie Speidel’s sculptural work, and she is taking it to a new level as she explores the complex geometry of magnificent rock forms that have existed for centuries in places like Easter Island, and in Celtic, and Chinese culture. Her latest “Erratic” sculptures are influenced by those stone formations left behind from the receding Pacific Northwest glaciers.

 

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Animalia III

Painting & Sculpture

October - November,  2014

 

Featuring Jonathon Hexner, Hung Liu, Robert McCauley, Laura McPhee, Ed Musante, Gwynn Murrill, Rob Putnam, Jane Rosen, Brad Rude, Anne Siems, Kiki Smith, Mary Snowden and  Boaz Vaadia

 

Artists in our annual exhibition visually address man's relationship to nature as a primary concern, while art history, environmental ethics, beauty and aesthetics still resonate in their work.

 

Hung Liu’s mixed media paintings, Robert McCauley’s oil paintings and Don Nice’s watercolors and oils create narratives about history, deforestation and ecological issues. Kenna Moser’s encaustic paintings feature nature juxtaposed with delicately collaged 18th century printed literature. Rob Putnam collects and forms recycled materials to create his signature animals. Sculptors Gwynn Murrill, Brad Rude, Jane Rosen and Boaz Vaadia, transform stone, bronze and glass into animals both domestic and wild. Their animals and birds of prey project grace and solitude.  Ed Musante’s small-scale paintings of birds and animals, painted on his signature ‘found cigar boxes,’ are intimate portraits of wildlife, as are Mary Snowden's meticulously stitched & embroidered animals from domestic farmyards and the wilds of nature.

 

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Michael Beck

New Paintings

August 29th -September 30th,  2014   Viewing Room

Gallery Walk • August 29th 2014 • 5:00-8:00 pm

 

A connection to what is real is at the heart of Beck’s single-object still lifes—objects that range from quaint to precious, timeless to anachronistic, simple to ornate. Beck’s photorealist paintings are a kind of archaeological dig into Americana; he paints bright red toy cars; child-sized wooden horses on wheels; steam irons; baby carriages; old bicycles. His work illustrates our memories of daily life in the not-too-distant past by rendering in stunning hues the ordinary household items we once took for granted. Light and shadow are as vibrant in his paintings as the objects themselves, and the life-giving quality of his paint makes it almost possible for the viewer to feel the objects again. Beck’s work gives visual expression to our longing for “simpler times,” whatever personal history that phrase might evoke for each of us.

 

Marks & Conversations

Contemporary Painting & Sculpture

August 29th -September 30th,  2014   Gallery II

Gallery Walk • August 29th 2014 • 5:00-8:00 pm

 

Featuring Artists Raphaëlle Goethals, Kris Cox, Betsy Eby, Rod Kagan and Jane Rosen

 

Raphaëlle Goethals focuses on painting as a space of exploration, using wax and resin as her signature medium for over 15 years. Goethals works layering, pouring, and scraping to eliciting a continuous shifting in the perception of forms. Kris Cox uses pigmented wood putty to create topographical fields on weathered surfaces.  Betsy Eby's encaustic work examines the musical line and its continuity across measure markers.  Each painting serves as a visual document to a classical music composition. Rod Kagan's sculptural works are defined by their unique style. One sees two forces at play in his work; he clearly understood classical forms and yet was deeply influenced by his surroundings: by the mining history in Idaho, by Native American history and by the environment itself, especially the mountains. Jane Rosen’s stone and glass ‘birds of prey’ sit atop pillars of limestone from which they assess the world under a watchful eye. Capturing the observant nature of predatory birds, Jane Rosen uses pattern, color, and shape to convey the complex relationship between humanity and nature.

 

Cole Morgan & Julie Speidel

August 29th -September 30th,  2014    Gallery I

Gallery Walk • August 29th 2014 • 5:00-8:00 pm

 

American-born, Belgian artist, Cole Morgan creates detailed mixed media paintings with a process of layering and combining mediums. He unites his own spontaneous visual-language of bright colors, mysterious handwritten scrawl, scratches, glimpses of under painting and magical characters with formalist, abstract compositions. His paintings are often full of objects that appear 3-dimensional. The vibrant colors jump off the canvas and create a puzzle like grid full of mystery. The mixed media surfaces entice the viewer to explore and unravel the canvas both intellectually and materially.

 

Internationally lauded artist Julie Speidel presents her newest sculptures  encompass an array of cultural influences which anchor this exhibition. The current work reaches back through antiquity to the stone and bronze-age people of Europe, the early Buddhists of China, the indigenous tribes of Julie’s native Pacific Northwest, and into twentieth-century modernism.

 

A selection of Speidel’s newest bronze and stainless steel sculptures are shaped to represent the rocks left behind by the Northwest’s glaciers thousands of years ago. This solo exhibition will features her newest faceted sculptures as well as her ongoing and highly collected series of work that echo the megalithic stone structures found in the British Isles’, Cycladic Greek fertility figures, Native American totems, and other iconic cultural forms, that influence her sculptural identity.  Speidel’s resonating forms are often subconsciously recognized, while their progenitors’ are buried and lost by the passing of time.

Judith Kindler

New Work

August 28th -September 30th,  2014   Gallery III

Gallery Walk • August 29th 2014 • 5:00-8:00 pm

 

Judith Kindler is an American multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation, photography, and photography-based mixed media works.  She is noted for her use of diverse and complex medias in the expression of a conceptual or narrative idea.

 

Her work reveals both conscious and unconscious thoughts typically in response to current or past events that have impacted her life on a personal level, or as she interprets the greater impact to the overall social community. Through an implied narrative and story telling, the artist explores the psychological and the human threads common to us all and reflected through the focused lens of a place, a time or a human experience or expression.

Hung Liu

August 1st -27th, 2014 • Gallery II

Gallery Walk • August 8th 2014 • 5:00-8:00 pm

 

Often lauded as the most famous American artist of Chinese decent and known for paintings drawn from Chinese historical photography, Hung Liu’s works focus on what she calls the “mythic poses” that underlie the photographic surfaces of history. Representing such elemental human activities as laboring, eating, journeying, leaping, fighting, dreaming, and carrying one’s burden, these “mythic poses” come from particular historical circumstances, but seem epic, trans-historical, and are allegorical in her paintings. With an overlay of traditional Chinese birds, flowers, insects, dragons, and – most recently – stylized human figures, Liu offers her subjects artistic evidence of their own rich heritage – as if to remind or comfort them.  A two-time recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in painting; The Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) Award; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship; and The Joan Mitchell Foundation, Inc., Painters and Sculptors Grant. Liu also received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Printmaking from the Southern Graphics Council International.

 

A career retrospective of Liu’s work, “Summoning Ghosts: the Art of Hung Liu”, was organized by the Oakland Museum of California and is scheduled to travel to other museum venues into 2015. The Exhibition will open next at The Palm Springs Art Museum February 25 through May 24, 2015.

 

Cole Morgan

Round and Almost

August 1st -27th, 2014 • Gallery I

Gallery Walk • August 8th 2014 • 5:00-8:00 pm

 

American-born, Belgian artist, Cole Morgan creates detailed mixed media paintings with a process of layering and combining mediums. He unites his own spontaneous visual-language of bright colors, mysterious handwritten scrawl, scratches, glimpses of under painting and magical characters with formalist, abstract compositions. His paintings are often full of objects that appear 3-dimensional. The vibrant colors jump off the canvas and create a puzzle like grid full of mystery. The mixed media surfaces entice the viewer to explore and unravel the canvas both intellectually and materially.

 

Cole Morgan says about his paintings: “To examine them at your leisure is to delve and discover, continually peeling back the layers of composition, colour, text, scratches and lines that are intentional as well as unintentional.  Somewhat like peeling an onion. On your visual journey, you will be pleasantly teased.  Teased because you will attempt to assign meaning and direction to the various elements on the canvas, only to find you have gone down a blind alley.  Teased because you will find that texts and associations you may think you have deciphered, were never there to be deciphered in the first place.  The shapes and lines and small, insignificant placements and assignations, though seemingly accidental, have been laid down with a serious degree of accuracy.  There are no “accidents” in my compositions.  I would categorize this randomness as “controlled spontaneity.” All these processes together, when wielded with an eye for balance and a knowledge of knowing when to stop, make the act of painting an enriching experience. ”

 

Kenna Moser

Understory

August 1st -27th, 2014 •  Viewing Room

Gallery Walk • August 8th 2014 • 5:00-8:00 pm

 

Kenna Moser’s delicate work with beeswax, vintage envelopes, stamps and collaged pieces are filled with beauty and poetic statements. Imbedded under layers of purified wax, found letters and documents, some dating back to the early18th century, and some offering illuminated manuscript on vellum provide a mysterious sense of times gone by.  The elegant script further provides evidence of a lost past and a dwindling form of human communication. Appliquéd and painted birds and romantic creatures such as bunnies, flowers and whimsical characters dance along the surface of her graceful pieces.  Working in a small an intimate scale, Moser draws the viewer close to the surface to discover her sensitively compiled layers.

Raphaëlle Goethals & Jane Rosen

August 1st -27th, 2014  •  Gallery III

Gallery Walk • August 8th 2014 • 5:00-8:00 pm

 

Rosen’s stone and glass ‘birds of prey’ sit atop pillars of limestone from which they assess the world under a watchful eye. Capturing the observant nature of predatory birds, Jane Rosen uses pattern, color, and shape to convey the complex relationship between humanity and nature. Goethals focuses on painting as a space of exploration, using wax and resin as her signature medium for over 15 years. Goethals works layering, pouring, and scraping to eliciting a continuous shifting in the perception of forms.

Julie Speidel

Pactolus

July 1st - August 1st • GALLERY I

Gallery Walk • July 11th 2014 • 5:00-8:00 pm

 

Internationally lauded artist Julie Speidel presents her newest sculptures  encompass an array of cultural influences which anchor this exhibition. The current work reaches back through antiquity to the stone and bronze-age people of Europe, the early Buddhists of China, the indigenous tribes of Julie’s native Pacific Northwest, and into twentieth-century modernism.

 

A selection of Speidel’s newest bronze and stainless steel sculptures are shaped to represent the rocks left behind by the Northwest’s glaciers thousands of years ago. This solo exhibition will features her newest faceted sculptures as well as her ongoing and highly collected series of work that echo the megalithic stone structures found in the British Isles’, Cycladic Greek fertility figures, Native American totems, and other iconic cultural forms, that influence her sculptural identity.  Speidel’s resonating forms are often subconsciously recognized, while their progenitors’ are buried and lost by the passing of time.

 

Concurrent with Speidel’s exhibition at Gail Severn Gallery is the announcement by the Tacoma Art Museum for Julie Speidel’s installation of 7 sculptures and 3 benches. Speidel’s ‘Erratic Repose’ will be a permanent installation for the new Tom Kundig designed glass vestibule and entrance.

 

Victoria Adams

Skies for a New Frontier

July 1st - August 1st • GALLERY II

Gallery Walk • July 11th 2014 • 5:00-8:00 pm

 

Victoria Adams’ recent body of work includes both her large-scale landscapes and small intimate jewel like paintings of oil on linen.  Featuring her signature interest in sky, weather, and watery reflections, Adams’ focal point is the inherent radiance of light found in nature. She often highlights the transforming effects of light filtered through clouds falling on the land and water below.  In her masterful hands, light reflected from sky to water and back again forms a subtle interchange between evaporating wetness and the atmospheric qualities of air itself.  Adams creates images that connect us with our own past experiences of place and more often than not evoke personal moments of stillness and meaning. Adams’ landscapes are found in Museums and private collections through out the country.

 

Lynda Lowe

Poiesis

July 1st  - August 1st • GALLERY III

Gallery Walk • July 11th 2014 • 5:00-8:00 pm

 

Lynda Lowe paints poetic worlds with a power and a delicacy the blend imagination and intellect.  Images rendered in exquisite detail are combined with scientific diagrams, poetry fragments, and gestural marks resting on a lush and densely layered ground. She plays with the nature of perception and meaning by blurring the distinction between our ordered intellectual observations and our instinctive sense of the world. A tree dissolves into light; a bird mystically evaporates – seen but not seen; the rim of a bowl radiates outward. One thing becomes another.  Lowe links the object and the imaginable, challenging the boundary between the two – a reminder that our intellect and our intuition resemble one another far more than they differ.

Raphaëlle Goethals & Jane Rosen

July 1st - August 1st • Viewing Room

Gallery Walk • July 11th 2014 • 5:00-8:00 pm

 

Rosen’s stone and glass ‘birds of prey’ sit atop pillars of limestone from which they assess the world under a watchful eye. Capturing the observant nature of predatory birds, Jane Rosen uses pattern, color, and shape to convey the complex relationship between humanity and nature. Goethals focuses on painting as a space of exploration, using wax and resin as her signature medium for over 15 years. Goethals works layering, pouring, and scraping to eliciting a continuous shifting in the perception of forms.

Inez Storer

Hidden Agendas

May 21st – June 27th, 2014 • GALLERY I

Gallery Walk • May 24th 2014 • 5:00-8:00 pm

 

For over five decades, Inez Storer has pursued her own uniquely personal style of figuration, despite periods in which abstraction remained the prevalent avant-garde style. Storer’s delightfully accessible works of art are formally satisfying and rich in content, addressing universal themes of identity, spirituality, imagination, and history. In speaking of her upcoming exhibition Storer says “Early ocean travels nearly always had the freedom to "tour" different ports and accounts added up to the many adventures one had on those tours. Life is so complicated these days, one doesn't "do tours" as easily for obvious reasons...too many regional skirmishes.  But, I imagine that this Art Tour is full of wonderful, nourishing situations that will enrich a journey.”

State of Nature III

May 21st – June 27th, 2014 • GALLERY II, III & Viewing Room

Gallery Walk • May 24th 2014 • 5:00-8:00 pm

 

The Gail Severn Gallery will devote three exhibitions spaces to its annual shows featuring artist portrayals of the natural world “ State of Nature III” - Artist’s included in this exhibition are Victoria Adams, James Cook, David deVillier, Betsy Eby, Michael Gregory, April Gornik, Raphaëlle Goethals, Valerie Hammond, Jonathon Hexner, Margaret Keelan, Lisa Kokin, Hung Liu, Lynda Lowe, Robert McCauley, Cole Morgan, Kenna Moser, Gwynn Murrill, Ed Musante, Carolyn Olbum, Joseph Raffael Christopher Reilly, Mario Reis, Rene Rickabaugh, Jane Rosen, Brad Rude, Anne Siems, Jack Spencer, Allison Stewart, Boaz Vaadia, Theodore Waddell, Melissa Weinman and David Wharton.

 

Theodore Waddell

 

March-April 2014 • GALLERY II

Gallery Walk • March 14th 2014 • 5:00-8:00 pm

Artist Chat • Saturday March 15th • 10:00 am

 

Theodore Waddell is an internationally recognized artist that has spent more than 50 years painting and sculpting his beloved western landscape. His work, full of horses, cattle and sheep are given life by his impasto style of painting using washes, endless colors and wax.

 

Museums across the country have been mounting solo exhibitions honoring Waddell’s illustrious career. Recent museum exhibitions and acquisitions include: Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado, Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, Texas, Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, Georgia, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana.

 

In addition to private and corporate collections, Waddell’s paintings are included in many U.S. State department buildings and US embassies in Europe and Asia, viewed by dignitaries and visitors from all over the world.

Gary Komarin

Part II

March 10 – April 30, 2014 • GALLERY I

Gallery Walk • March 14th 2014 • 5:00-8:00 pm

 

Gary Komarin's stalwart images have an epic quality that grip the viewer with the idea that he or she is looking at a contemporary description of something timeless. For painter Gary Komarin, abstraction has never been a formal dead end. Rather, it has allowed him to challenge the limitations of the style -to make painting 'include more' precisely because a recognizable image excludes too much. Komarin has been called a "painter's painter". His status in this regard is based on the authenticity of his work, its deep connection to the tradition of Modern painting as well as its sustained individuality as an utterly personal voice.

 

Like many of the best artists of his generation he is indebted to the New York School, especially his mentor Philip Guston with whom he studied at Boston University where Komarin was awarded a Graduate Teaching Fellowship. Komarin has been particularly successful at filtering these influences through his own potent iconography.

Michael Gregory

 

March 10 – April 30, 2014 • VIEWING ROOM

Gallery Walk • March 14th 2014 • 5:00-8:00 pm

 

Michael Gregory’s work is immediately recognizable with its icons of American barns, homesteads, and rural fields. These structures play evenly with the powerful imagery of the landscape and light. The light is captured from the landscapes of our enigmatic Midwestern and Western fields to the luminescent night time sky overlooking cityscapes.

Anne Siems

Part II

March 10 – April 30, 2014 • GALLERY III

Gallery Walk • March 14th 2014 • 5:00-8:00 pm

 

Gail Severn Gallery is excited exhibit the artwork of German-born Anne Siems once again in the Wood  River Valley. Siems has gathered a large following of her youthful cast of animal and human characters, who celebrate the joys and mysteries of life.

 

She has drawn inspiration from wildlife in Europe, featuring unforgettable animal portraits. Distinct identities emerge in each portrait with fable-like stories becoming the narrative. Ritual elements from Native American medicine and culture, rabbits, deer, owls and mythological animals, their pelts and feathers, are prominent subjects in Siems’ menagerie. The muse of the artist is both real and imaginary.

 

Siems, a Fulbright Scholar, has exhibited in Canada, Europe and throughout the United States. Anna Siems’ work has been coveted by museums and collections. Museums include but not limited to the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK, Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID, and the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA.

Gary Komarin

 

February 10 – April 30, 2014

Gallery Walk • February 14th 2014 • 5:00-8:00 pm

 

Gary Komarin's stalwart images have an epic quality that grip the viewer with the idea that he or she is looking at a contemporary description of something timeless. For painter Gary Komarin, abstraction has never been a formal dead end. Rather, it has allowed him to challenge the limitations of the style -to make painting 'include more' precisely because a recognizable image excludes too much. Komarin has been called a "painter's painter". His status in this regard is based on the authenticity of his work, its deep connection to the tradition of Modern painting as well as its sustained individuality as an utterly personal voice.

 

Like many of the best artists of his generation he is indebted to the New York School, especially his mentor Philip Guston with whom he studied at Boston University where Komarin was awarded a Graduate Teaching Fellowship. Komarin has been particularly successful at filtering these influences through his own potent iconography.

Anne Siems

 

February 10 – April 30, 2014

Gallery Walk • February 14th 2014 • 5:00-8:00 pm

 

Gail Severn Gallery is excited exhibit the artwork of German-born Anne Siems once again in the Wood  River Valley. Siems has gathered a large following of her youthful cast of animal and human characters, who celebrate the joys and mysteries of life.

 

She has drawn inspiration from wildlife in Europe, featuring unforgettable animal portraits. Distinct identities emerge in each portrait with fable-like stories becoming the narrative. Ritual elements from Native American medicine and culture, rabbits, deer, owls and mythological animals, their pelts and feathers, are prominent subjects in Siems’ menagerie. The muse of the artist is both real and imaginary.

 

Siems, a Fulbright Scholar, has exhibited in Canada, Europe and throughout the United States. Anna Siems’ work has been coveted by museums and collections. Museums include but not limited to the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK, Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID, and the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA.

Preview 2014

Overview of Upcoming Exhibitions

 

December 20th, 2013- February 3rd, 2014

Gallery Walk • Friday, December 27th • 5:00-8:00 pm

 

Featuring Artists:

Victoria Adams, Squeak Carnwath, Linda Christensen, James Cook, Raphaëlle Goethals, Morris Graves, Michael Gregory, Jane Hammond, Robert Helm, Jonathon Hexner, Jun Kaneko, Margaret Keelan, Judith Kindler, Lisa Kokin, Gary Komarin, Hung Liu, Lynda Lowe, Laura McPhee, Cole Morgan, Kenna Moser, Gwynn Murrill, Ed Musante, Marcia Myers ,Deborah Oropallo, Luis González Palma, Robert Polidori, Joseph Raffael, Christopher Reilly, Rana Rochat, Jane Rosen, Brad Rude, David Secrest, Kiki Smith, Julie Speidel, Jack Spencer, Mark Stasz, Therman Statom, Allison Stewart, Melinda Tidwell, Boaz Vaadia, Theodore Waddell

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