August 30, 2014
Hold Loosely- Bridget Bossart Van Otterloo
We here at the West End Gallery are really excited to be at work on our next exhibit, one featuring two of our most talented and popular artists, Brian Keeler and Bridget Bossart Van Otterloo. The show has been hung and the gallery looks great!! It is filled with bold and beautiful colors and we hope you can stop in for a long look before the opening reception which takes place next Friday, September 5th, running from 5-7:30 PM. This exhibit is graciously sponsored by one of the good friends of the gallery, Christopher G. Quinn, Attorney at Law.
We will be showcasing the work of of both Bridget and Brian in posts over the next week so stay tuned for more info on these marvelous talents! And don’t forget to pencil in Friday, September 5th, for the opening!
Luminous Nocturne- Brian Keeler
August 28, 2014
GC Myers- The Find
Here at the West End Gallery we are getting ready to take down the current show at the end of the day tomorrow. Going up in its place and opening next Friday, September 5th, is a great show from two of our incredibly talented painters, Bridget Bossart Van Otterloo and Brian Keeler. The current show, Layers, from artist GC Myers is a wonderful show that has had great reactions here in the gallery. We hope that if you haven’t seen the show you will stop in before tomorrow evening and take a final look.
We thought we’d share Myers’ thoughts on the final days of this show from today’s edition of his blog, RedTreeTimes:
Tomorrow is the final day for my show,” Layers”, at the West End Gallery.
It’s been a great show, one that I was pleased with from the time that it came together and one that brought great reaction in the gallery. That’s a gratifying feeling as an artist to have those two things intersect in a show. Anytime a show is successful it affirms that the vision you hold for the work in it is somewhat on track. It tells me that the work is somehow hitting the mark in creating an emotional conduit which reaches off the wall and connects to any viewer open to it.
And this show has done that. And more.
I have written before of the post-show letdown that often comes, a malaise that sets in once the show’s opening has passed. This show has not seen anything like that. In fact, it has been the reverse. It has been far more inspiring, creating more energy in the studio than I would normally see in the aftermath of most shows. It is like a tide of positive energy has flowed from this show and I am eager to harness it, to see what it brings.
Many thanks to Lin and Jesse at the West End for their positive response to this show and to everyone who has seen the show or made some piece in it their own. You have given me more than you will ever know and I hope that you have found something in the work that inspires you as well.
August 21, 2014
There is just over a week left in the GC Myers exhibit, Layers, now hanging here at the West End Gallery until August 29th. It has been a great show but there are still many stellar pieces left, including the one above, The Richness of the Moment, which is 20″ by 24″ on canvas. Here is what the artist recently had to say about this painting on his blog:
Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.
- Saint Augustine
This new painting, a 20″ by 24″ canvas, is titled The Richness of the Moment . It was one of the last of the paintings finished for the Layers show which opens tonight at the West End Gallery. I saw the show hanging together for the first time yesterday and this piece hangs in a group of paintings along the back wall of the space that glows like a bank of backlit stained glass windows. There is a luminosity and richness to these pieces that fills that space with warmth. This work has just the effect as I had hoped it might have when I was looking at it in the studio.
I think this painting has a richness in it just as its title implies but it is the type of richness that Saint Augustine might have been referring to in the passage above. We often search wide and far for new wonders but don’t see the rich tapestry that is right before us in our own lives. There is wonderment to be found in almost everything we see or touch– it is only its constant presence that has made it seem ordinary and unremarkable to us. But if we pause to take in the world that within our reach at that moment with a greater awareness and appreciation, the richness becomes apparent. Each life has the potential for wonder and each moment that may seem ordinary has an element of the sacred within it.
This painting, at least in my eyes, embodies this thought. It is simply composed and stated– its subject is absolutely unremarkable at first blush. But the colors and the juxtaposition of forms and tones that make this piece take on that feeling of the wonder in the surrounding richness to which I referred.
The Sacred Ordinary.
I hope you can make it in to the West End Gallery at some point over the course of the next month– the exhibit hangs until August 29th– to judge this for yourself.
August 16, 2014
Night Karma- GC Myers
The GC Myers show, Layers, which hangs here at the West End Gallery until August 29th, has been a wonderful show thus far. We have shipped many of the paintings and have asked Gary for a few more paintings to fill in the gaps created by those that have left for new homes. He went through his personal collection in the studio and came up with a selection of works from a few different periods in his career.
There is a group from around 2002 that is darker and deeply colored, very introspective. It is from a series that he calls his Dark Work, paintings that reflected the emotional tone of the period right after 9/11. He feels that in the years since the work has taken on new meaning, separate from that time.
We are really pleased to be able to show this work along with the rest of this great show. So, if you haven’t made the trip into the West End Gallery or if you have already seen this show, there is something new for you to see here.
Only two more weeks!
GC Myers- Night Vibrations
GC Myers- Soft Dream of Night
GC Myers- In the Golden Light
GC Myers- Peaceful Tidings
August 12, 2014
GC Myers, West End Gallery Talk 2014
We would like to extend a great big Thank You!! to everyone who turned out this past Saturday at the West End Gallery for the Gallery Talk given by artist GC Myers. It was such a beautiful day that we were honored that you took the time to spend an enjoyable hour with us.
It was a wonderful talk with a great turnout with a mixture of old and new faces. Most of all, we were pleased to see so many people leaving the gallery with smiles on those faces. Congratulations to the winners of the drawings– we hope you’ll enjoy your prizes.
The show, Layers, hangs until August 29th. Though many pieces have left the gallery to begin new lives with their new owners, there is still a great selection of paintings form GC Myers available as well as new artwork from our other wonderful artists. We hope you can find time to stop in and take in this beautiful show.
August 9, 2014
GC Myers- Silent Passage
Today is the Gallery Talk with GC Myers. The event starts at 1 PM here at the West End Gallery and concludes with a drawing where an original painting of his will be given away to one lucky person in attendance. The painting he has selected from his studio is shown here on the left and is titled Silent Passage, a 9″ by 29″ image with framed dimensions of 18″ by 38″. It has a value of approximately $1600-1800. It is a real prize!
Here’s how Gary described making this choice and what meaning this painting holds for him in his blog today:
Well, I give a Gallery Talk this afternoon, starting at 1 PM at the West End Gallery in Corning in support of my show, Layers, which hangs there for another few weeks. One of the attractions for this talk is a drawing that will be held among the attendees for a painting of mine. The process of deciding what that painting will be resembles a dance, going back and forth between selections.
I have been spending the last few days looking at some of the pieces that I have here in the studio, trying to find one that is right for this event. I have given away paintings before at these talks and it has always been important to me that the pieces have some significance for me. I don’t want to simply pick out an old piece that I now recognize as having weaknesses. I have a few of those from many years ago that still take up space here. It would be easy to grab one of those and be done with the whole selection process.
But that would be like handing out discards and that doesn’t seem like the right thing to do when the whole concept behind the drawing is to display the appreciation I have for those who have followed and supported my work through the years. If the folks take time on a summer weekend afternoon to come to the gallery to participate in a Gallery Talk then they deserve a piece that is real and alive, something meaningful and of value to me.
So, after going back and forth, I settled on this painting from a number of years ago. It is titled Silent Passage and has long been a favorite of mine. It is a real painting with an image of 9″ wide by 29″ high on paper. Its framed dimensions come in at 18″ by 38″, so it has presence in its size and its value. But more important to than the size or monetary value of this painting is the meaning of this work for myself. It encapsulates much of what I have tried to put across for these years.
A study in quiet and movement. Color and texture. Light and dark. Now and eternity.
I hope whoever takes this home this afternoon will understand the meaning it holds for me and will see it for themselves.
The Gallery Talk starts at 1 PM. Hope you can make it there.