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Religious Icons

Being raised Catholic, and attending Catholic schools for twelve years, meant I was exposed to many religious images and icons in my youth. The schools usually had a least one statue of Mary and a multitude of Jesus statues and images. Joseph was seldom seen unless a nativity scene was erected during the holiday season. I came across this image the other day. It’s unlike any I’ve ever seen. What were they thinking?


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A New Favorite

While I was unemployed, I came across a couple of artworks I really liked. I told the artists I would buy the pieces when I secured employment. Much to my surprise, both pieces were still available when I returned to work. Here’s one of the pieces.

Sharon Strasburg, laser cut monotype, 20 x 20. Represented by Mai Wyn Fine Art.

I hung the piece in my master bath. It brings me joy every time I see it.

Thanks for the comments on the last post. I was in a dark place but I’m much better today. I’m having a quiet weekend centered on me.

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Abstract Wonderland

Space Gallery opened a group abstract show on Friday night. The previous weekend I had met Patricia Aaron and Jeff Wenzel, two of the artist included in the exhibit. I wanted to see what type of work they were producing. This show did not disappoint. The gallery was packed with large scale abstract paintings along with sculptures. I liked every painting in this show. The gallery was crowded with art admirers, collectors and fixtures from the local art scene.

Patricia Aaron, Awash, wax and mixed media on panel, 48 x 48, $7,200.

These next two paintings were inspired by Patricia’s visit to Prince Edward Island.
Patricia Aaron, Mustad and Sky, wax and mixed media on panel, 48 x 36, $6,500 (on the left)
Patricia Aaron, Trade Winds, wax and mixed media on panel, 48 x 36, $6,500 (on the right)

Jeff Wenzel, Borrego, mixed media on wood panel, 44 x 63, $6,800

Jeff Wenzel, Angus, mixed media on wood panel, 56 x 80, $9,500

John Wood, mixed media on paper mounted on panel, 15 x 19, $,700 each.

A view from the mezzanine which demonstrates the size of some of the paintings.

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Islands Influencing Art

I met an artist at a brunch last Saturday. Her work is included in a group show opening at Space Gallery tonight. The works were started two years ago on a trip to the Bahamas, continued at artist residency in Iceland and a on a visit to Prince Edward Island. I hope to snap a few pictures tonight.

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Italian Landscapes

I ventured out alone on Friday night. I only made it to two galleries.

Gildar had an opening for William Stockman, one of the stars of the regional art scene. The gallery was packed with fixtures of the local art scene. The art was stunning. No prices were posted which tells me the show is aimed at collectors.

My second stop was Spark Gallery. I stopped in to see Kate McGuiness and have a second look at her new paintings. I adore Kate and her art is always stellar. Kate and I had a great conversation. I blew off attending the opening at Pirate because I was enjoying Kate’s company.

The associate gallery at Spark has new works by Patrice Sullivan. It a mixture of paintings and drawings inspired by place, family and experience. It a small but impressive presentation.

Kate and I closed up the gallery and I headed home. A cold front was moving in which would bring much cooler temperature and rain for the rest of the weekend.

Spark Gallery, Patrice Sullivan, Italian Landscape, charcoal on paper, about 20 x 30, $175.00 each.

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Confused By Obsessive Infatuation

Pirate had a remarkable and thought provoking exhibit by Julie Jablonski whose run ended on Sunday. I meant to write a post about the work but life got in the way. Her show deserved more than just a few lines of text but I never found time to compose a decent post about her work. Julie assembled an incredible installation along with paintings. The exhibit was titled, Twitterpated (confusud by obsessive infatuation).

Julie wrote one of the best artist’s statements I’ve ever read. Click here to give it a look. Here are a few photos of the exhibit. I look forward to seeing more from this talented rising star.

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Sunday Art

Kate McGuinness opened a new exhibit of paintings at Spark Gallery on Friday night. She is of my favorite artists. Here are a few pictures from the show.

Spark Gallery, Kate McGuinness, Everybody Move, painting on wood panel, 36 x 48, $2,300 each

Spark Gallery, Kate McGuinness, Summer Roadside, painting on wood panel, 48 x 48, $2,800

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