GC Myers/ “Layers” Show Opens Friday!

July 21, 2014

GC Myers- Layers We are pleased here at the West End Gallery to say that this Friday is the opening for our annual exhibit of works from artist GC Myers.  This year’s show is titled Layers and  is a body of work that fills the gallery with rich colors and forms, many with his signature Red Tree serving as the central figure.

Gary started his career with us back in early 1995 and has grown a substantial following around the country and abroad in the years since.  For the past twelve years we have been pleased to present a solo showing of his work each July and it has become one of the more popular shows on our calendar.  We believe this show ranks among the best of those shows and is one that should not be missed.

The exhibit, Layers, opens with a reception that runs from 4:30 until 7:30 Friday, July 25, at our Market Street gallery.  It will hang until August 29th.  Myers will be having an artist talk on August 9 — there will be more info on that in the next week.

Here is the statement for this show from GC Myers :

I chose the title for this year’s West End Gallery show, Layers, after a re-examination of my work where I tried to determine what themes might have appeared in it, often without thought or guidance from me, through the years. The thing that struck me was how often the paintings were about layers.

Layers in the literal sense, as in the Archaeology and Strata series where the actual underground layers’ patterns become integral rhythmic parts of the painting.

Layers of depth into the picture plane, represented often by a path passing through layers of rolling landscape. Usually to a distant horizon and a sun/moon beyond.

Layers of texture, often chaotic, in the surface of the paintings which add depth and meaning, catching and darkening colors in the depths and lightening them at the highest points.

Layers of color as in the skies of much of my work that require dozens and dozens of layers of color, to the point that only a tiny bit of most of the layers show through. But without each layer, even those that barely show, the painting would lack its fullness.

Layers of meaning. Most of these works have an easy accessibility and a simplicity that can be understood and enjoyed with a casual observation but beyond that there is a layer, even layers, of emotion that are often only revealed by a deeper examination, allowing the color, the forms and the textures to fully fill in the blanks.

Perhaps these layers represent those layers in our world, our emotional and spiritual spheres that, while unseen, move us forward in our lives.

I don’t know the why’s or the what’s of them. I only know that for me these layers add something to the work that I never could have imagined.


Last Days!

July 16, 2014

PooleSwimLThere are only a few more days to see the wonderful Martin Poole exhibit at the West End Gallery before it comes down.  This colorful show of his most recent work ends this Friday, July 18th so if you haven’t made it into the gallery yet, time is slipping away.  Take a moment to stop in and take in all the beauty and tranquility of this show.  And while you’re here, walk up to our Upstairs Gallery to catch the exhibit of  extraordinarily colored monoprints and paintings from the widely acclaimed Treacy Ziegler or take in new work from our other talented gallery artists.

There’s always something new to see here at the West End Gallery.

Also, mark your calendars because our next show is our annual show featuring new work from GC Myers.  The work from this year’s show, titled Layers, looks stunning and promises to be one of the highlights of our year.  Don’t miss this one!  The show opens Friday, July 25th.

In the Words of the Artist/ Martin Poole

July 10, 2014

PooleEndOfTheWorldLThe  fabulous Martin Poole show ends next Friday, July 18th.  Be sure to come in to see this work before it comes down.  Here’s what Marty Poole has to say about his work:

“I am a romantic.I believe that behind the surfaces we all recognize there is some kind of energy moving, like blood beneath our skin. Naming things, using things, “knowing” things – this stuff keeps our worried rational mind comforted, but we are most alive when we are touched. The closest we get to seeing the forces that move our lives around is when we feel raw nature at work – The rest of our time is waiting, longing. So art is a negotiation between our thirsty minds and the heated heart inside us that only needs art when it needs a voice. I don’t know where this is taking me, but after years of fooling around with words, music and paint, I think I know why.”

Ziegler Talk This Saturday!

July 8, 2014

ZieglerHotelOnTheSeaLJust a reminder that we are in the last two weeks of one of our most popular shows here at the West End Gallery. We urge you to take this opportunity to take in the oil paintings of Martin Poole on our main floor and the monoprints of Treacy Ziegler in our second floor showcase.

Plus, this coming Saturday, July 12, you have an opportunity to hear Treacy Ziegler give a Gallery Talk at 1 PM in the Upstairs Gallery.  She will discuss her new work as well as her experiences in giving art workshops to inmates in prisons around the country.  It should be a lively and interesting talk.  We hope to see you here on Saturday!

Ziegler FamilyOnAnIslandL ZieglerGivingUpTheLandL

Poole/Ziegler Show TONIGHT!

June 13, 2014

Martin Poole- Caught Under the Moon

Just a reminder that tonight, Friday June 13, is the opening of our annual exhibit  here at the West End Gallery of new oil paintings from Martin Poole as well as a showcasing of new monoprints and some interesting encaustics from Treacy Ziegler in the Upstairs Gallery.  There is an opening reception with both artists beginning at 5 running until 7:30 PM which features refreshments and music  from guitarist William Groome.  The gallery is aglow with the color and light from these two artists so take a break tonight and stop into the West End to absorb some some of it for yourself.  See you there!


Treacy Ziegler- Far to Sea West of Spain


Treacy Ziegler- Bird in Box (encaustic)


Martin Poole- Split Curl


Martin Poole Show Opening Friday

June 10, 2014

Martin Poole- Rush

Just a reminder that one of the highlights of our year here at the West End Gallery is coming up this coming Friday, June 13,  with our annual exhibit of new work from Martin Poole.   The main gallery is filled with luminous grand seascapes and landscapes and exquisite figurative pieces, all filled with glowing layers of colors that fill the space with a warm light.  Not a show to be missed.

And to add even more of an incentive, we are also showcasing the distinctive and renowned works of Treacy Ziegler in our Upstairs Gallery.  So mark your calendar and get down to the West End Gallery this Friday.  You can talk to both artists, drink a bit of wine, see world-class art and hear the guitar styling of William Groome.

Sounds like a perfect evening, doesn’t it?

Hope to see you there Friday.


Martin Poole- Big World


Martin Poole- Red Line


Martin Poole- Lesson

Tom Gardner Show TONIGHT!

May 2, 2014
Tom Gardner- Low Tide St. Lucia

Tom Gardner- Low Tide St. Lucia

Just a reminder that tonight is the opening for the annual show of new work from Tom Gardner here at the West End Gallery.  This year’s show is titled Plein Air and kicks off with an opening reception beginning at 5 PM and running to 7:30 PM with food, refreshments and music from William Groome.  The gallery looks great and it looks like it will be a perfect spring evening to hit Market Street to join in the festivities.  Have a glass of wine, listen to some beautiful guitar playing and chat with the always entertaining Tom Gardner.As always, everyone is welcome here at the West End Gallery.

Hope to see you tonight!

Tom Gardner- River Fog

Tom Gardner- River Fog


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