This month, Gallery One’s artists are taking risks and going in ”New Directions.”
Artist Tara Funk Grim explained her New Direction: “While teaching one of my classes this winter in Naples, Betsy, a student who is a quilter, asked if we could use fabric in our collage. Why not? Wow! The expanded possibilities of mixing fabrics and papers opened up a whole new world for me.”
Her work this month is titled “Tutti Fruitti Palms.” It is bright with tropical pinks, greens oranges and blues. The addition of fabric to her new collages is designed to expand the sense of place she is trying communicate to the viewer.
Dale Sheldon’s “Joyful Shorebird II” is a bright acrylic and collage combination.
“I choose to look south to the white sandy beaches of the west coast of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. There, the elegant shorebirds wade in the sparkling, sunlit shallow waters.”
The sun is orange bright, the sky is swipes of yellows and limes, and the abstract herons wade in blue torn-paper water.
Watercolor is the medium that Sonia Hunt prefers to paint her beloved Italy. “I paint Venice and Tuscany a great deal and have lived in both places. Portofino is very lovely and a new direction for me.” Her piece is a harbor scene with a colorful row of houses with awning restaurants. The painting is titled “Portofino, Italy.”
“Different Directions” is Lesley McCaskill’s entry for this month’s theme wall. With acrylic blues, lavenders, corals and golds, she captures the colors of an early summer morning.
“Biking is allowed early in the morning on the Rehoboth boardwalk, so all ages are doing it, along with the walkers. I find it a riot. Also, I wanted to switch mediums from watercolor to acrylics to add a new direction.”
Peggy Warfield explained her acrylic painting “Pending” this way: “I have gone from a controlled, planned, follow-the-rules painter to an intuitive painter this month. This is a New Direction for me. This style of painting encourages the painter to ‘Let Go, Be Bold, Unfold. There are no mistakes. There is no wrong way. There is only a wide open canvas beckoning your artistic muse to come out and play,’” according to Flora Bowley, intuitive painter and author.
Joyce Condry interpreted this month’s theme with a map in her collage “The Road Less Traveled.” On the map, she has collaged abstract landscape and direction markers.
“This month’s theme reminded me of the many times our GPS has directed us away from main highways and onto two-lane country roads, twisting and turning through cornfields and small towns. This map is typical of those routes we blindly follow and attempt to interpret what goes through the ‘mind’ of our GPS.”
Laura Hickman takes a new direction this month — charcoal and her fanciful imagination.
“This charcoal drawing depicts a beautiful morning when the mouse suddenly realizes the cat is no longer interested in birds. With New Directions, I chose to work in the tonal medium of charcoal, without the use of color, to create the atmospheric and whimsical depiction of this little world from my imagination,” she said.
Aubre Duncan’s golden sunflowers against a white clapboard house against a summer blue sky is done by a technique called “pochoir.” It is basically a form of stenciling. She experimented with the style a few years ago and so enjoyed doing “Sunflowers” for the New Directions theme that she has decided to do more like this.
This is a sampling of the work to be seen this month at Gallery One. The public is being invited to view these pieces and more work by each of the gallery artists. They can also visit the display of handmade art by local artisans who specialize in pottery, jewelry, blown glass, weaving, wood work, metal/glass pieces and felted wool scarves. Gallery One is always staffed by one of the artists and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit Gallery One’s website at www.galleryonede.com for more information or call (302) 537-5055. The Gallery is located at 32 Atlantic Avenue (Route 26) in Ocean View.