• by: Vanessa Werring

"BRIDGES": Connecting Realms of Art

There are only four days left to see "Bridges" – this exhibition will conclude on the last day of 2016. If you haven’t seen it yet (or even if you have), come in before the week is through and take a closer look as there is much more to this show than initially meets the eye:

All three of the landscape painters in this show incorporate abstract qualities into their work which creates a cohesion despite differing styles. Surrealist painter Frank Kallop’s work is full of strong organic elements which facilitates a sense of connectedness with our living environment.

Michael Schweigart’s landscapes are so close to the real thing that his work borders on photorealism. This exactness awakens in us an urge to both stand in awe of and identify with our natural world.

Realist painter Ted Walsh's deeply mysterious landscape paintings are consistent with this metaphysical theme that Frank and Michael have established: Ted attempts to reconcile his own perceptions with the external world through the process of painting.

"Orange Segment" by Sheila Grabarsky

Joanie Gagnon San Chirico and Sheila Grabarsky both use abstraction as a means of conveying their personal values and ideas. Sheila paints in acrylic while Joanie incorporates mixed media into her work; yet the same urgency to communicate a vital message is both seen and felt in the physical qualities of their surfaces.

Sculptor Katherine Stanek and Painter Erin Endicott empower the voice of natural destruction in their work through the use of non-traditional materials: Katherine's figures are modeled in concrete while Erin uses pieces of discarded wood as supports for her paintings.

Much of the weathered surfaces are left visible in Erin's work and, just as Katherine, she employs an earth tone palate which further emphasizes a connection to the inevitability of nature.

Painters Sean Taylor and Terri Amig both create iconic imagery through the use bold color and centralized composition. Beyond these similarities in formal qualities, both artists successfully expose a shared intimacy with their subjects which arouses our curiosity, creating intrigue.

Three-dimensional artists Judith Rosenthal and Jacqueline Sandro produce two vastly different types of work yet both artists achieve a similar elegance, bridging the two worlds of craft and fine art. Judith’s delicate paper porcelain forms echo Jacqueline’s substantial figures and both stand with remarkable distinction and grace.

Visit Stanek Gallery before December 31 and see these works of art which serve as bridges between abstraction, surrealism and representation. Allow “Bridges” to inspire you as we enter a new year where the idea of forged connection will play heavily into our culture and our lives.

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