Much To Be Proud Of

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It’s election season, and all across the U.S.—even far beyond our borders—people are talking about what’s wrong with this country, its leaders, its politics, its culture, and its citizens. How refreshing it is, then, to walk through the doors of Galerie Gabrie in Pasadena, California, and find dozens of reminders of what’s right.

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Galerie Gabrie’s latest exhibition is called Land That I Love. Opening on October 20, it’s the brainchild of gallery owner and curator Jasminka Gabrie. “I wanted to offer a respite from the tumultuous state we find ourselves in here in the U.S.,” notes Gabrie. “I wanted to celebrate the peace, the freedom, and all the benefits we enjoy. There is so much to see, so much to appreciate, so much to be proud of here.”

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Glorious-old-glory by Sylvia Trybek

All of the participating artists in the group show—which will feature both gallery regulars and guest artists—were invited to interpret the theme however they thought best, so there will be a wonderfully diverse mix of subjects, styles, and media. Charles Muench, the noted impressionistic landscape artist from Northern California, will be contributing his majestic landscapes of the Sierra. Washington-based oil painter Chris Hopkins and California-based pen-and-ink artist Joe Milazzo will both turn their extraordinary talents for capturing detail toward documenting moments in the country’s history. And Oregon’s Marla Baggetta will share the kind of sensitive, contemplative pastel landscapes that soothe viewers’ souls. Respite, indeed.

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Close to camp sailor lake by Charles Muench

The Land That I Love exhibition is typical of the type of work visitors always find at Galerie Gabrie, which is dedicated to carrying on the artistic tradition of celebrating beauty through original works of art done in oils, pastels, watercolors, bronze, and much more. For more than 30 years, owner Gabrie has also created a place where art is accessible and enjoyable to people from all walks of life by offering pieces that range from several hundred dollars all the way into the six figures. “Art is the fun part of life,” notes Gabrie, “so we want everyone to feel welcome and comfortable here. And we hope visitors will imagine themselves and their families and friends surrounded by beautiful art in their own homes. Fine art has always been and continues to be a mark of good taste.”

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Joe Milazzo

So if you need a little reminder of why America has always been great, be sure to stop by Galerie Gabrie to see Land That I Love. As Gabrie says, “There’s nothing like viewing a work of art in person. Only then can you see all of the energy and feel all of the emotion that went into it.” For more information about the gallery and the many other contemporary and historical artists represented there, visit the gallery’s website at www.gabrie.com.

Jennifer King is a marketer, artist, writer, and entrepreneur. A long time student of art marketing and the fine art industry, she currently provides art marketing services and coaching to visual artists through her company, Connect Artist Marketing. Learn more at connectartistmarketing.com.

 

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Interpretations at InSight Gallery

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Layout 1Perhaps because it doesn’t happen very often, it is a true pleasure to meet someone who is thoroughly, unabashedly passionate about her work. Elizabeth Harris, owner of InSight Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas, is just that kind of person. In Harris’s eyes, witnessing someone connect with a work of art on an emotional level is one of the most moving and memorable experiences a person can have, and it’s a privilege she enjoys nearly every day.

inside-insight-galleryThat probably explains why Harris is so excited about Interpretations, the upcoming solo exhibition of works by Nancy Bush, opening on October 18. “If you watch people stand in front of Nancy’s work,” says Harris, “you will see them visibly relax.” Bush is a tonalist landscape painter, which means she applies layer after layer of thin oil paint to build up a soft, subtle pallette that invites the viewer to connect with the spiritual qualities found in nature. “Everything around us is so chaotic and our lives are so busy,” Harris continues, “but looking at her work is a full body exhale.” As in previous solo shows, Bush has created some special, larger works to complement the smaller pieces that the gallery always has on site.

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Marsh-light by Nancy-Bush

Bush is one of the few local artists represented at InSight Gallery. Of the 60 or so traditional, representational artists found here, only six are from the Texas Hill Country in and around Fredericksburg. Nearly all are nationally recognized artists, such as master oil painters Daniel Gerhartz, Mian Situ, and Sherrie McGraw, as well as two of the top wildlife artists in the country, Lindsay Scott and Jim Morgan. A fair number of Western artists make their home here as well, including veterans Roy Anderson, Robert Pummill, and about eight members of the Cowboy Artists of America. Harris is quick to point out, however, that the gallery also features nationally emerging artists like cityscape artist Mark Lague and figurative artist Gladys Roldan-de-Moras.

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Nocturne by Nancy-Bush

InSight is located in Fredericksburg, a fairly small Texas town that has become quite a tourist destination in recent years. Visitors love the excellent dining options, abundant wineries, and, of course, the amazing galleries. Yet InSight stands out, not only because of the quality of the art but because the gallery space itself is exceptional. A historic limestone building built in 1907, the space was completely renovated in 2010 to become InSight’s 8,000-square-foot home. But Harris and her husband insist on creating a welcoming, approachable atmosphere, giving people the opportunity to make an emotional connection with the artwork that speaks to them. With this in mind, Insight participates in the monthly First Friday Art Walk and holds occasional lectures and demos, so that visitors can simply enjoy the art and learn more about it in a low-key environment.

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Nancy Bush’s exhibition runs through November 8, and there will be a reception with the artist on Friday, November 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. To learn more about InSight Gallery and to take the “virtual tour,” visit www.insightgallery.com.

 

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Symbiosis: Roby King Gallery

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On Bainbridge Island, the Roby King Gallery and its’ visitors believe in supporting each other.

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Washington’s Bainbridge Island, just a ferry ride across the water from Seattle, is a hopping tourist destination. Local and long-distance visitors alike flock to this idyllic setting in droves, especially during the summer months. But a few years back, a long-term reconstruction project through the heart of the island’s business district blocked the steady stream of tourist traffic. Local merchants, like the Roby King Gallery, feared for their survival. Yet somehow the locals kept Roby King and others in business by supporting them during the reconstruction crisis, and the gallery continues to thrive today.

Co-owner Andrea Roby-King loves to tell this story, not only because she and her husband Wes King are so grateful for local support but because it illustrates an important point: People get how essential art is to any community, so much so that they won’t let a great art resource go once they have it. Ideally, a symbiotic relationship develops between a community’s art galleries and its’ people, and the Roby King Gallery has been enjoying this kind of relationship with Bainbridge Island residents and visitors since it opened back in 1990. Roby-King states that the gallery’s mission is simply to bring top quality, affordable art to the island and to the region. Simple, yet invaluable.

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Like many galleries, the Roby King Gallery fills an educational role in the community by introducing new artists and educating art enthusiasts about various kinds of art. The gallery’s next show, the Annual Printmaking Exhibition, which opens October 7th and runs through the 29th, is a great example. “We started this yearly showing of printmaking because we wanted to teach people that prints are not the same as reproductions, even though the two terms are often used interchangeably,” says Roby-King. “Prints are made by hand, and each one is unique.”

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Roby-King herself curates the exhibition with an eye toward highlighting the long tradition of talented printmakers on the island and throughout Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. There are four artists who’ve been featured every year since the beginning, but for each show Roby-King adds or subtracts a few artists to keep things lively and interesting. All types of printmaking are represented, such as etchings, woodcuts, linocuts, monoprints, and more.

This year’s exhibition features a robust group of eight artists, and collectively their work shows just how richly varied printmaking can be. For instance, Fumi Matsumoto does block woodcuts on brewed teabag papers, while Gary Groves, another woodcut artist, chisels his images from mahogany plywood, often requiring a month or more to complete one piece. The annual showing also reveals how some artists’ work has evolved over time. Lynn Brofsky, for example, has always worked with very contemporary imagery, but her work has morphed from completely monochromatic to a more colorful palette. The other printmakers included in this year’s show are Mary N. Balcomb, Stephen MacFarlane, Denise Kester, Kathryn Lesh, and Patrick Simon.

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In general, the Roby King Gallery features mostly contemporary representational work, although there are a couple of abstract or semi-abstract artists. Most of the work is done in oils, but there are also works done in pastel, watercolor, mixed media, and watercolors. Among the 35 or so artists represented are Cheri Christensen, Diane Ainsworth, Neal Philpott, Faye Judson, and Pam Ingalls. For more information about the Roby King Gallery and its monthly exhibitions, visit robykinggallery.com.

Jennifer King is a marketer, artist, writer, and entrepreneur. A long time student of art marketing and the fine art industry, she currently provides art marketing services and coaching to visual artists through her company, Connect Artist Marketing. Learn more at www.connectartistmarketing.com.

 

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