Provocative and Compelling

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In Santa Fe’s Railyard District, in a soaring repurposed warehouse outfitted in concrete, glass, exposed wood, and chrome, you’ll find Evoke Contemporary, one of about 10 contemporary art galleries in the area. Evoke stands out for its focus on representational art with a contemporary edge, especially figurative and landscape works. “We offer a wide range of styles within those parameters, everything from realism to abstract expressionism,” notes co-founder Kathrine Ericsson, who opened the gallery in 2009. “Our mission is simply to present contemporary work that’s provocative and compelling.”

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Milk Nuri

From the outset, Ericsson decided to represent no more than 20 artists at a time so that they could promote each artist with the time and attention to detail they prefer to give. Of the 20 artists currently featured in the gallery, about 15 of them have been with Evoke since the beginning. Evoke’s gallery artists are a diverse mix, including Javier Marin, Alice Leora Briggs, Kent Williams, and Jeremy Mann, and Ericsson says they often invite guest artists to participate in group shows to offer an even more varied selection from time to time.

Evoke’s diversity even extends to outsider art, embodied in the work of Nicholas Herrera. This artist exemplifies all of the qualities the gallery looks for. He’s got an incredibly fascinating life story, and his experiences are reflected in the deeply spiritual work he creates from materials like recycled metal, wood, bronze, natural pigments, and other media. His work is truly compelling, often commenting on social issues related to the life and culture of rural New Mexico, to religious issues rooted in the Santeria tradition, and to political issues that affect us all.

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Milk Fovere

Another Evoke artist who draws upon her life story as well as broader social issues for inspiration is Soey Milk, and Evoke is about to host the first solo exhibition of Milk’s work in Santa Fe, opening May 26. Of Korean descent, Milk is calling the show “Kiokada,” which means “to remember,” and she’s created a new body of work that carries all of the hallmarks of her trademark style—masterful technique combined with a mysterious, edgy, introspective, and sometimes playful narrative. Ericsson notes that Milk has such a huge following that they’ve had to revert to a drawing system, where collectors will be given the opportunity to purchase works in advance of the show. “She’s so popular that I’m sure all of the work will be sold before the opening,” says Ericsson, “but we obviously want everyone to have the opportunity to see her art.”

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Milk Blood Solo 2017, graphite on paper

 

Although Evoke Contemporary features young and emerging talents like Milk along with well-established artists like Herrera, whose work is already included in more than 30 museums, Ericsson says they all have exceptional quality in common. “As a gallerist, I’m putting art in front of collectors,” she explains, “and they trust me and come to me for assistance with their collections. So, when we select artists for the gallery, we have those collectors in mind. We ask ourselves, Will this work be important in art history?”

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Milk Andamiro, graphite on pape

An opening reception for Soey Milk’s exhibition, Kiokada, is scheduled for May 26 from 5 to 7 p.m., and the exhibition will be on view until June 24. Evoke Contemporary is located at 550 South Guadalupe St. in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For more information about other upcoming exhibitions, visit their website at evokecontemporary.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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Champion for Art

Principle Gallery

How Alexandria’s Principle Gallery
supports both artists and collectors.

 

By Jennifer King

Every art gallery serves as a champion for the artists it represents, but Principle Gallery’s director Clint Mansell seems to feel that more keenly than most. As an art school graduate himself, he understands the passion that drives artists to make art, and he fully supports the gallery’s mission to push artists’ careers forward. “Our artists take pride in their work,” he notes. “After working so hard to master their art forms, they put themselves out there, and it’s our purpose to help them.” Serving artists well is just one of several reasons why founder and owner Michele Ward named the gallery after her intention to create a principled business.

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Kevin Fitzgerald Horizon Cloud oil 36 x 36

The gallery is equally dedicated to serving art collectors in an ethical way, and in fact, Mansell and his team strive to foster a bond of trust with collectors and to educate them in ways that allow them to enjoy and appreciate their artwork even more. In addition to creating a welcoming atmosphere that encourages people to have fun with collecting and not be intimidated by art, the gallery maintains a blog (principlearttalk.com) that contains all kinds of informative content about artists, techniques, materials, and the role of art. “The blog is a way to get collectors involved,” adds Mansell. “We want people to understand what all has gone into the making of each work of art, so that they can understand its value. And I find it very exciting to think that this—the work we do—is the beginning of the provenance for each piece. I don’t believe it’s too grandiose to say we have some of the best artists living and working today, and that these works will live on with these families and maybe someday in museums.”

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Geoffrey Johnson Red, Green, Gold oil 50x 50

Contemporary realism is the primary focus of Principle Gallery’s collection, and Mansell is quick to point out that “contemporary” does not mean “abstract” or “minimalism” in this case. In fact, the gallery’s mission since its beginning in 1994 has been to promote the work of living artists creating recognisable, representational work. Jeremy Mann and Geoffrey Johnson are among the 35 gallery artists, a group that includes a diverse mix of local, national, and international talent. The gallery offers only original works of art in a huge range of prices from $300 to $30,000.

Jeremy Mann A Long Abandoned Dream oil

Jeremy Mann A Long Abandoned Dream oil

One artist who has been with the gallery since its inception is Kevin Fitzgerald. The artist’s oil landscape paintings are described as tonal and atmospheric with subtle shifts of light. Given that the gallery holds a solo show of his work every March, Mansell says he’s had the privilege of watching Fitzgerald’s work evolve over time. “His work is becoming more about the sensation and overall feel of the scene, rather than a rendering of the details. Whenever you look at one of his landscapes, you’re transported to a place you feel like you’ve been before. You have a visceral understanding that goes deep, and you relate it to other experiences you’ve had and felt.”

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Jeremy Mann NYC 18 oil

Fitzgerald’s show at Principle Gallery opens March 17 with a reception from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. The gallery is located at 208 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia. For more information about the show and the gallery, visit: principlegallery.com.

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Kevin Fitzgerald September Dawn oil 9 x 16

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Kevin Fitzgerald September Dawn oil 9 x 16

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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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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