Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of their July exhibit, “Bold & Bright,” which will be open until Aug. 2.
Bright coupled with bold commands attention that is almost impossible to ignore, and many artists like that. In fact, artists often exaggerate bright and bold, so viewers just can’t miss it, and sometimes the viewer experiences a new way of seeing, a heightened experience or an “I never noticed that before” realization that forever changes the way they look at the world.
Summer gardens reveal an abundance of bold and bright colors and shapes. Laura Hickman grows beautiful zinnias every summer.
“My zinnia garden always provides the brightest and boldest summer colors. Nature’s color combinations are always an inspiration,” she explained.
“Zinnia,” her pastel painting, invites the viewer to enjoy her zinnia garden on a summer’s day.
“Red Flowers” is the subject of Joyce Condry’s acrylic.
“Nothing brightens up our lives like flowers. They turn a yard into a showplace, add cheer in a room and put a smile on our faces. All this joy comes from only a few seeds.”
“Sunny Flowers,” an acrylic by Dale Sheldon, portrays summer with freshly cut sunflowers, bright yellow flowers with the “happiest of faces.” Arranged in a cobalt blue pitcher, the yellows and blues play against each other and create a colorful contrast.
Vegetables “Fresh from the Garden” is Lesley McCaskill’s watercolor of just-picked bright beets.
Under the sea is the subject for Dianne Shearon’s watercolor, “Silly Fish,” and has inspired legends and folklore, which in turn sparked the imagination in Eileen Olson’s “Mama Mermaid” acrylic.
“I wanted the painting to have a nautical feel about seamen, navigation and ships. I exaggerated the paint colors on nautical flags and didn’t hold back with the pigments in this colorful, fun, find-the-mermaid painting.”
Bold and bright is also revealed in Nina Mickelsen’s mixed-media “Beach Cabanas.”
“Familiar beach patterns and shapes in saturated strong colors evoke ocean breezes and happy coastal times.”
Artists can sometimes make you look at familiar objects in a different way and also bring back childhood beach memories, as in Jeanne Mueller’s pastel, “Jacks.” The bold and bright giant-sized jacks force the viewer to see the shapes and random relationships between the ball and jacks.
In addition to the show, Gallery One’s Artisan Room features textiles, hand-blown glass, pottery, glass jewelry and wood pieces by local artists.
Gallery One is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is always staffed by one of the artists. Visit Gallery One’s website at www.GalleryOneDe.com or call (302) 537-5055 for more information. The gallery is located at 32 Atlantic Avenue (Route 26) in Ocean View.