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Exhibitions

Sep
1
to Sep 27

Christopher Kroehler Exhibition

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“Margarite was intrigued” by Christopher Kroehler

Opening Reception

September, 4th 6-8pm

Each of my paintings tells a story through my playful cast of characters. They play at form, color, and image; experiments of expression which read beneath the surface. I developed a method of dimensional painting, which utilizes the transparent quality of glass by applying paint to both the outer and inner surfaces, as well as the canvas backing. As a result, light plays a major role in the work by casting shadows onto the canvas. In the end, the effect is the incorporation of several separate surfaces into a cohesive and dimensional whole.

 
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Apr
6
to Apr 28

Featured artist for April: Lolly Shera

Lolly Shera will be presenting new works.

ARTIST TALK: 2:00 PM on Saturday April 6th.

Lolly will be present at Gallery Mack from 2-4pm!

Lolly Shera is a contemporary landscape painter, praised for her evocative, timeless landscapes. Her oil paintings evoke a contemplative quality, awakening a sense of place that is both mysterious, yet familiar. Lolly’s inspiration draws upon the works of the Hudson River School and the American Tonalist movement. 

In Lolly’s words:

There is a spiritual essence in nature that draws me in, and invites me to reconcile the beauty I see with the emotions I feel.  While my landscape paintings are based in realism and my style is naturalistic, the intention behind my work is one of idealization and poetry.  I seek to explore what it means to bring forth a sense of ambiguity and mystery to my work, not so much a literal translation of a scene. While working outdoors,  I attempt to capture the salient forms and blur details in order to convey nature’s mood and its impression upon me. The motifs for my paintings are chosen for their depictions of intimate nearby farmlands, river scenes and rural places - often at dusk and dawn.  Through my work, it is my goal to engage the viewer in connecting to their own memories and experiences in nature. I am inspired by the late 19th c. American Tonalist painters, early forgers of the unique American landscape ideal.

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Exploring "That" Opening Night Celebration
Feb
22
6:00 PM18:00

Exploring "That" Opening Night Celebration

Join us for Opening Night of Exploring “That”

Wine and appetizers will be served.

Parking is available at Pike Place Market.

DO WE EVEN KNOW WHAT “THAT” IS?

Gallery Mack is pleased to present Exploring “That” , opening Friday, February 22 from 6 - 8 p.m. An exhibition featuring paintings by Julie Devine, Suzanne Brooker, and Jeane Myer, depicting the interconnectedness between the subconscious, conscious, and material realms — that which may be more astutely described through visual language. Devine’s abstract landscapes convey her connection to the natural and metaphysical world. Brooker’s sharply rendered figures juxtaposed amid imaginary backdrops portray an emotional moment. Myers’ non-representational works are extracted from an abstract thought or feeling to engage new dialog and celebrate the viewer’s individual experiences.

These three pacific northwest-based artists, unique with their individual sensibilities, have created artworks that elicit “that-ness.” Brooker’s figurative oil paintings evoke memory, create metaphor, and incite thoughtful dialog. In the instant gratification world of today, complexity and nuance have been reduced to “that.” Do we even know what “that” is? What element creates a response? Devine pays close attention to the element of light — it's value, source, and temperature. She paints light to convey atmosphere and movement, as though the art was always there waiting to be uncovered, Myers reveals visual truth by scraping away layers of paint, revealing the imagery beneath the surface. Exploring “That” solicits a dialogue between the inner and outer worlds of the human experience as told through the interaction with visual art.

Suzanne Brooker, inspired by the approach and techniques employed by the Old Masters, works primarily from observation. She paints live models and sets, and utilizes her own photo documentation for further studio work. She is a tenured teaching artist at Gage Academy of Fine Art and an author of instructional art books including, Portrait Painting Atelier (2010), Components of Landscape Oil Painting (2015), and Essential Techniques of Landscape Drawing (2018). She has a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts and an MFA from California State University, Long Beach, where master figurative painter Domenic Cretara was her graduate mentor.

Julie Devine, a Gage Academy of Fine Art graduate, explores the wild beauty of Western North America. She paints the landscape, combining gestural brushwork and knife work into a distinctive, semi-abstract style. Her art communicates a spirited appreciation for the outdoors and for impressionist, post-impressionist, and abstract expressionist painting styles. Her works have been exhibited and privately collected internationally. You may see several of her landscapes in Seattle’s Group Health Hospital’s permanent collection.

Jeane Myers’ wabi-sabi aesthetic transcends the divide of humanity and nature. Her works are are textured with heavily layers of mixed media. Her creative process, tools, and palette are adventitious and sometimes awkward, which she describes as “beautiful because it is honest, it's real, and it's unique.” She relies heavily on the concept of truth telling in her work, believing that if she is honest with herself in production, the painting will reflect that, and the viewer may find a truth of their own within it. Myers’ is represented nationally.


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Exploring "that"--DO WE EVEN KNOW WHAT “THAT” IS?
Feb
22
to Mar 24

Exploring "that"--DO WE EVEN KNOW WHAT “THAT” IS?

he word ”that” is used heavily in day to day communication. In the always connected, instant gratification world of today- complexity and nuance has been reduced to “that”.

Is it a short hand for a more complex meaning?

Do we even know what “that” is?

The exhibition explores the dialogue between the inner and outer worlds of the human experience as told thru interaction with visual art.

Three artists:

Suzanne Brooker- figurative energy as a connection to the world

Julie Devine- abstract landscapes as open ended connection

Jean Myers- abstract as a form of reflection

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