Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art Presents

“Grand Escapes”

June 3-July 31

Opening Reception is June 3, 6-8 p.m.

The exhibit features landscapes, seascapes and dreamscapes from gallery artists, including Heidi Edwards, Bruce Marsh, Bill Nichols, Pablo Soria, and Tom Judd.

 

(Sarasota, FL) Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art gallery presents “Grand Escapes,” June 3-July 31. The artists’ reception is Friday, June 3, 6-8 p.m. Mark Ormand curated this exhibit.The gallery is at 1288 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. For more information about this exhibit, call 941-366-2454 or visit www.allyngallup.com.

Sheila Moore, president of Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, says that these artists, “invite viewers to explore the world as it is rarely seen or described. Who knows—perhaps you might find yourself escaping into their vision on a journey long expected.”

Heidi Edwards’ works reveal a preoccupation with the profusion of color and form within the vastness of Florida’s flat topography. Edwards says that in the 40 years that she’s been painting landscapes, she never tires of the inspiration they provide. “I strive to portray the essence of these places through color and convey a mood that elevates the spirit of my viewers, much the same as these sustain and inspire me,” she says. For more information, visit www.heidiedwards.com.

Bill Nichols says that as a young painter, “I saw the landscape for its potential as both a conveyor of visual beauty and a messenger of meaningful experience. The difficulty was defining what was special about it for me and then finding a way of orchestrating the visual vocabulary to meet what I was seeing and feeling. It’s been over 40 years that I have been working with the landscape as a subject capable of acting as a mirror to so many experiential qualities. Whether it be the sensual qualities of colors, textures, and patterns or its ability to generate feelings of silence, intimacy, or being part of the world we inhabit, it is a rich theme to work with that continues to hold sway to my interests.” He adds that he gradually came to realize that his profound interest in painting landscapes came from his years as a young boy in upper Wisconsin “and the enduring memories of hiking, fishing and exploring that I did by myself. I hope that some of those experiences of mystery, wonder and time will be shared in my work.” Nichols was honored last year by a retrospective at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. For more information, visit www.williamnicholsfineart.com.

From his Ruskin studio overlooking Little Manatee River, Bruce Marsh creates both large-scale, photorealistic oil paintings and more loosely rendered watercolor studies. His works hang in museums and corporate collections around the state, including Sarasota’s The Ringling; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg; Tampa Museum of Art; and the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland. Marsh says that his work is “an extension of my lifelong interest in the processes of perception and representation. The places involve large expanses of space, a clarity of light, and a chaos of surface incident that serves to measure the expanse of the places. Color is of critical importance, as I seek to invent means to invoke atmosphere, space, and shifting sources of light.” For more information, visit www.brucemarsh.net.

 Working onsite or in his Ruskin studio overlooking Little Manatee River (where he lives with his wife, the painter Dolores Coe), Bruce Marsh creates both large-scale, highly realistic oil paintings and smaller oil studies, painted onsite and in the studio. Over the past five decades, Marsh has wrestled with the paradoxes every painter faces, but never settled for formulaic solutions. Each new painting represents a complex matrix of planning and invention.

Marsh’s works hang in museums and corporate collections around the country, including The Ringling; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg; Tampa Museum of Art; and the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland. Marsh has created more than 50 large-scale paintings for public spaces, including for the Orlando International Airport, the City of Tampa, Bank of America, M.D. Anderson Cancer in Houston, IBM in Boca Raton, and American Express in Jacksonville.

Marsh describes his work as, “an extension of my lifelong interest in the processes of perception and representation. My paintings reveal large expanses of space, clarity of light, and a chaos of surface incident that serves to measure the expanse of these places. Color is of critical importance, as I seek to invent means to invoke atmosphere, space, and shifting sources of light.”

The artist adds that, “I never see the world the same way twice. I’m hoping my art will have the same effect on the viewer. After seeing my work, the world might look a bit different. And, maybe, just a little bit larger.”

For more information, visit www.brucemarsh.net.

About Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art was established in 1991. Since then, the gallery has earned the reputation as the leading place in southwest Florida to view contemporary art. The gallery’s collection includes paintings, sculptures, mixed-media assemblages, works on paper and prints by mid-career artists with well-established exhibition records. The gallery also occasionally showcases works by promising emerging artists. Visit www.allyngallup.com.