GALLERY NEWS 2015
In the spirit of the season, the Sun Valley Gallery Association is hosting a Giving Walk. The public is invited to donate items in support of three local non-profit organizations: the Advocates, the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley and the Hunger Coalition.
The Giving Walk offers residents and visitors the opportunity to engage with world-class visual art while supporting organizations that make a vital difference to the Wood River Valley during the holidays and throughout the year.
Galleries will have collections bins where Giving Walk
participants can donate the following items:
NOURISH - Group Exhibition
September 19 - November 29, 2015
Napa Valley Museum
Opening Reception - September 18
5-6pm Members Preview
6-7pm General Admission
Free for Members/$5 for Non-Members
Deobrah Oropallo's work will be featured in NOURISH, a multi-faceted exhibition at Napa Valley Museum. The exhibition examines the intersection of dining, hospitality and art from Napa Valley to the global community. This will be a unique chance to think about the way we relate to food and dining through the lens of art history and visual culture.
NOURISH is an ambitious exhibition that spans centuries of thinkers and makers who address food, dining and service in their creative output. Work from over 25 artists will be on display.
Group Exhibitions at Los Angeles County Museum of Art & Boise Art Museum
Laura McPhee is featured in two different Museum exhibitions.
The exhibition "The Magic Medium" is being held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Hammer Building, Level 3 until February 7, 2016. Using magic as its entry point, this installation investigates the ways in which photographers have manipulated the medium purported as reality’s mirror.
Another venue exhibiting Laura's photography is the Boise Art Museum. "Weather or Not" is inspired by BAM’s Second Nature Art Cards, presents a selection of artworks from the Museum’s Permanent Collection in which artists reflect on the relationships between humans and nature. The exhibition will be on view until March 20, 2016
Seattle Art Fair
Gail Severn Gallery Booth # 119
July 30 - August 2, 2015
CenturyLink Field Event Center
We are excited to be exhibiting at the inaugural Seattle Art Fair this Summer!
The Seattle Art Fair is featuring 50 leading local, regional and international art galleries. The four-day fair will showcase top-tier modern and contemporary art at the venue as well as site-specific installations created for the fair by artists that will be placed in select locations throughout the city.
We will be exhibiting over 20 of our gallery artists featuring painting, photography, sculpture & mixed media.
Be sure to stop by and visit, we are located in Booth 119
Classical music is the inspiration for fire-proofed paintings at Ogden Museum of Southern Art
ALLISON ALSUP| SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE
“Betsy Eby: Painting with Fire”
Through Sept. 20 2015
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp St., New Orleans
It would be an understatement to say classical music informs the 22 works in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s exhibit of Betsy Eby’s paintings.
Indeed, one could go so far as to say the artist’s works are visual interpretations or “tone poems” of specific musical compositions.
A classically trained pianist, Eby has been playing since the age of 5. More than four decades later, she continues to study seriously under master musicians.
In producing her paintings, Eby says, she plays and listens to a piece of music over and over until she finds its movement and sweep, cadences and arcs. She then translates these rhythms onto the canvas.
Looking at the collection, viewers are struck with a sense of suspended motion barely contained within the boundaries of the composition. In the absence of hard edges or straight lines, the soft organic shapes and curves, often reminiscent of a flock of birds or a cluster of blossoms, appear perched to fly or flicker off the canvas.
However, “Painting with Fire” takes the interplay of music and painting beyond simply acknowledging the classical works that have shaped each canvas.
For several of the pieces, such as “Metamorphosen,” viewers can scan the accompanying information card with their mobile devices and hear the Strauss composition that inspired the painting. The dual visual and auditory experience is a first for the Ogden.
The exhibit’s title references the artist’s technique: encaustic painting, an ancient form that involves applying melted layers of pigmented wax and sealing each layer with fire.
In Eby’s case, this means passing a blowtorch over the surface, leaving a delicate, almost edible-looking sheen over the canvas.
The resulting works evidence depth as earlier layers appear to recede into foggy backgrounds while brighter upper layers appear to rise, an effect enhanced by dabs of surface paint that create punctuated moments of rough texture.
Eby, along with her husband, the acclaimed realist figure painter Bo Bartlett, divides her time between Columbus, Georgia, and a small island off Maine’s midcoast.
She said her aesthetic is shaped by the Oregon landscape of her childhood, a misty atmosphere of pale grays and whites, and foggy, blurred edges.
Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- At the Ogden, paintings by Betsy Eby will be on display through the summer.
Later experiences in Japan revealed the importance of restraint and intentionality as well as the effect of white space. An admirer of Japanese gardens, Eby seeks to apply the same alternating dynamic of meandering and focal point to her paintings.
More recently, Eby and Bartlett moved to Georgia, where eight months a year she paints in a former cotton mill, a vast space with floor-to-ceiling windows.
“I moved to the South for the light,” she said.
Asked how her new location has affected her work, Eby says the South is a land of sharper contrasts — atmospherically, socially, politically — than her Northwest roots. “I’ve become more aware of the edges of things,” she says.
The two latest paintings in the exhibit, both based on the work of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak and produced just last year in Eby’s Georgia studio, demonstrate that shift in light and contrast.
With thunderously dark gray backgrounds and lighter tones popping along the surface, the two Dvorak-based pieces feel the most emotionally charged of the exhibit’s works — intensely moody rather than serene, slightly less Japanese in their aesthetic than European.
Also included are two series featuring smaller works whose shapes and monotones represent a departure from Eby’s signature forms and palette: the “Sanguine” series, painted with string coated in red dry pigment, and the cellular-looking black and white “Finger Exercise” series, whose title, like the exhibit itself, reveals the interplay between music and Eby’s technique, here referring to both piano practice and her finger-and-stick application of Sumi ink to the canvas
Theodore Waddell honored with Governor's Award
The Montana Arts Council announced that five exceptionally talented and accomplished artists and arts organizations are slated to receive the Governor’s Arts Award in a public ceremony at the State Capitol in Helena, 3 p.m. June 5.
The Governor's Arts Award honors outstanding citizens and organizations in Montana whose achievements in the arts, or on behalf of the arts, benefit all Montanans. Artists Lela Autio and Theodore Waddell, author Debra Magpie Earling, Great Falls Symphony conductor and music director Gordon Johnson, and the Missoula Art Museum are this year’s honorees.
Gov. Steve Bullock will preside over the ceremony in the Capitol’s Old Supreme Court Chambers. “Montana has a rich history of artists who have told the story of our state through music, sculpture, painting, writing and performances,” Bullock said. “It’s my honor to recognize these artists and institutions that build on our heritage and share their passion with the next generation of Montanans.”
Artist Theodore Waddell exemplifies the phrase ‘Montana painter,’” writes nominator Robyn Peterson, executive director of the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, who believes he “has done more than any other living painter to develop a distinctive Montana-based vision that brings Modernism into the 21st century.”
The artist was born in 1941 in Billings, and raised in Laurel. He studied with Isabelle Johnson, Montana's first modernist painter, before earning a scholarship to study at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. He received his MFA from Wayne State University.
Waddell's sophisticated modernist paintings have attracted widespread recognition. “As a working rancher, he knows whereof he paints,” writes Peterson. “There is no distance from, or fleeting relationship with, his subject … he knows it.”
He also creates sculpture, and according to Peterson, “it’s this body of work that’s more apt to reveal humor, irony, and social critique.”
His work is included in the permanent collections of the Denver Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Booth Museum of Western Art, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art, among others.
“His work is painterly and masterful, and the zeal with which it is snapped up by collectors nationwide is testimony to the maturity of his vision and the quality of the work,” writes Peterson.
He’s also generous to, and supportive of, younger generations of artists, and has been an avid collector of others’ work, much of which he has donated to the state’s public collections.
“Few artists have done as much to align this place – Montana – with incisive and original art and with the larger art world,” notes Peterson. His success has helped build “the growing reputation Montana has as fertile ground for artists.”
Art Market San Francisco
Visit Gail Severn Gallery Booth # 423
April 30 - May 3, 2015
We are excited to be exhibiting at Art Market - San Francisco this Spring! The event dates are April 30 thru May 3, Thursday-Sunday. The venue is at the Fort Mason Center-Festival Pavilion.
We will be exhibiting over 20 of our gallery artists featuring painting, photography, sculpture & mixed media.
We are located in Booth 423, next to the Collectors Lounge.
Suzanne Hazlett & Alexander Rohrig
Two Newly Represented Artists
Gail Severn Gallery is honored to announce our representation of two wonderful artists, Suzanne Hazlett and Alexander Rohrig.
Both artists will have their first exhibitions at the Gail Severn Gallery this March thru April. These two wonderful artists will be part of a celebration of their solo exhibitions March 13, 2015 to coincide with the Ketchum / Sun Valley Gallery Walk.
Suzanne Hazlett’ luminescent paintings have an earthen quality which begins with the materials. Marble plaster, clay, beeswax, natural pigments and oil glazes are a part of her ritual of adding and subtracting to her surfaces, what often amounts to twenty or thirty layers of color and medium.
Hazlett states “ The layering protocol I undergo to create my paintings is both laborious and blissful - I welcome the solemnity of the process. I intend the resulting pieces to convey a sense of depth and to offer evidence of their evolution.”
California artist Alexander Rohrig has always been fascinated with drawing, painting and sculpting. He finds his inspiration between two worlds. Having worked for years with an influentential New York artist and being a part of the California culture of the great out of doors where skateboarding and surfing help him navigate between his interests in the natural world through art itself. Rohrig references ideas, animals and birds through direct observation and visual storytelling.
Rohrig says of his workﾠ. “ﾠI find it very difficult to talk about it and end up having to 'make it' to say what I mean."
Selected for American Academy of Arts and Letters Annual Exhibition
The Invitational Exhibition of Visual Artists
March 12-April 12, 2015
Thursdays through Sundays • 1 to 4 p.m.
Audubon Terrace (Broadway between 155 and 156 Streets) New York, New York
Jane Rosen’s sensuously crafted, blown glass raptors, horse hooves and stone plinths never leave the feeling of the hand behind in their making. The precedents for her work run deep with echoes of Egyptian and Inuit stone carving to Brancusi’s Bird in Space.
Jane works within this tradition, the goals of which have always been to express harmony with nature using animal imagery as metaphors for elevated thought and spiritual meaning.
Academy of Arts and Letters
Paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper by 40 contemporary artists will be exhibited at the galleries of the American Academy of Arts and Letters on historic Audubon Terrace. Exhibiting artists were chosen from a pool of over 200 nominees submitted by the members of the Academy, America's most prestigious honorary society of architects, artists, writers, and composers.
ART AWARDS AND PURCHASE PROGRAM
The Academy's an awards and purchase programs serve to acknowledge artists at various stages of their careers, helping to encourage younger artists as well as honoring older artists. Paintings and works on paper are eligible for purchase and placement in museum collections nationwide through the Hassam, Speicher, Betts and Symons Funds. There are also purchase funds available for sculpture. Since the purchase program's founding in 1946, through the legacy of Childe Hassam, more than one thousand works have been purchased and donated to museums throughout the country.
The American Academy of Arts and Letters was established in 1898 to "foster, assist, and sustain an interest in literature, music, and the fine arts," and is chartered by Congress. Founding members include William Merritt Chase, Kenyon Cox, Daniel Chester French, Childe Hassarn, Henry James, Theodore Roosevelt, Elihu Vedder, and Woodrow Wilson. Each year, the Academy gives approximately one million dollars in awards to artists, architects, writers, and composers. It presents exhibitions of art, architecture, and manuscripts, and subsidizes readings and performances of new musicals. The 117-year-old organization is located in three landmark buildings, designed by McKim, Mead & White, Cass Gilbert, and Charles Pratt Huntington, on Audubon Terrace at 155 Street and Broadway.
Jane Rosen Receives Arts & Letters Award
THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND LETTERS ANNOUNCES
2015 ART AWARD WINNERS
New York, March19, 2015 - The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the nine artists who will receive its 2015 awards in art. The awards will be presented in New York City in May at the Academy's annual Ceremonial. The art prizes and purchases, totaling nearly $250,000, honor both established and emerging artists.
The award winners were chosen from a group of 40 artists who had been invited to participate in the Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, which opened on March 12, 2015. The Exhibition continues through April 12, 2015, and features over 120 paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, and works on paper.
Jane Rosen • Egyptian Falcon on bench • Provencal limestone and casein • 40" x 55" x 14"
Available at Gail Severn Gallery
James 0. Clark
Richard Van Buren
Mathew R. Weaver
The members of this year's award committee were: Lynda Benglis, Varujan Boghosian, Lois Dodd, Eric Fischl (Chairman), Yvonne Jacquette,
Bill Jensen, Philip Pearlstein, Judy Pfaff, Paul Resika, and Terry Winters.
Arts and Letters Awards
Five awards of $10,000 each to honor exceptional accomplishment and to encourage creative work
STEVE DIBENEDETTO · BRENDA GOODMAN ·
GARY LANG · STANLEY LEWIS · JANE ROSEN
Patra Passage - Guest Speaker: Phil Cousineau
Sunday afternoon February 15th 3:00 – 4:00 PM at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma
1801 Dock Street Tacoma, Washington 98402 - 3217
Phil Cousineau: The Mythologies of Beauty: from Aphrodite to the Patra Project
Book signing and conversation. Patra Passage exhibition open.
No RSVP required. Open to the public: MoG members free admission, non-members $12 adult admission
The Patra Passage (February 14th through May 10th at Museum of Glass) suggests that the experience of an object, especially as it connects one person to another, is as important as its physical attributes. In our age of consumerism and consumption, we are all too accustomed to view works of art as commodities (especially in the West) and need to be reminded that one of the essential purposes of art is to provide a sense of cultural connection to community. For Patra Passage, artist Lynda Lowe created 108 small vessels which have been exchanged between people around the world and are now returning to the Museum in an exhibition examining gift exchange, community and spirit. The project's interactive website is www.patrapassage.com.
Michael Hall, Hung Liu painting in her studio, 2011, photography, Courtesy of Hung Liu and Jeff Kelley (c) Hung Liu.
Hung Liu, September 2001, 2001, oil on canvas, collection of Driek and Michael Zirinsky (c) Hung Liu. Photo: Ben Blackwell
Hung Liu, Resident Alien, 1988, oil on canvas, collection of the San Jose Museum of Art. Gift of the Lipman Family Foundation. (c) Hung Liu. Photography by Douglas Sandberg
Hung Liu, S-Wan Quan Lake: Red Detachment of Women, 1995, oil on canvas, collection of Hung Liu and Jeff Kelley (c) Hung Liu. Photo: Ben Blackwell
Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Leicester and Power of Observation
January 24, 2015 - April 24, 2015
Phoenix Art Museum • 1625 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004-1685
Tony Foster's painting ' From Point Sublime Looking South South East - 6 Days Searching / 13 Days on Site ' is included in Phoenix Art Museum's marvellous exhibition 'Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Leicester and the Power of Observation'.
Their exhibition presents the original 72 manuscript pages of Leonardo's codex and puts them in the context of other artists who have been influenced by his curiosity, direct observation and thinking on paper.
Included in the exhibition are works by artists who share aspects of Leonardo's practices - Claude Monet, Gustave Courbet, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Eadweard Muybridge, Harold Edgerton, Kiki Smith, Bill Viola and Tony Foster.
From the Museum's Website
There’s no question that Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was one of the most intriguing people to ever live. Brilliant in the arts, sciences, and engineering, Leonardo da Vinci was driven by a deep sense of curiosity about the world around him, recording his observations on numerous pages of paper, which were later gathered and bound as manuscripts, or codices. The only manuscript by Leonardo in an American collection, the Codex Leicester (pronounced “less-ter”) consists of 18 double-page and doubled-sided sheets (72 pages total), and its presentation at Phoenix Art Museum will be the first time a work by the hand of Leonardo himself will be on view in Arizona.
Leonardo’s active mind and working method are defined in this exhibition by three primary characteristics: curiosity, direct observation, and thinking on paper. These characteristics are vital parts of the creative process and they pave the way toward great discoveries and inventions. This exhibition of Leonardo’s Codex Leicester will be groundbreaking in its approach of bringing Leonardo into a broad artistic context that explores his continuing influence on artists into our own time.
Included in the exhibition will be carefully selected works of art by a diverse group of artists who shared aspects of Leonardo’s practices, including Leonardo’s Italian Renaissance contemporary Jacopo de’ Barbari, 19th-century painters Claude Monet and Gustave Courbet, photographers Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Eadweard Muybridge and Harold Edgerton, and living artists Kiki Smith, Tony Foster and Bill Viola.
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