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.
August 6, 2014
The painting below, Glimpse and Aspiration
, is one of the centerposts of the GC Myers
, now hanging here at the West End Gallery
. It is a strong piece in a strong show. Here is what Gary had to say about this painting in his blog, RedTreeTimes
, in the weeks before this show:
To have his path made clear for him is the aspiration of every human being in our beclouded and tempestuous existence.
GC Myers- Glimpse and Aspiration
In the next week or so I will be featuring several of the new pieces that will be part of my show, Layers, which opens next Friday, July 25th, at the West End Gallery. This painting is titled Glimpse and Aspiration and is 24″ by 48″ on birch panel. It has been a favorite from the moment that it began to take on its own life, midway through the time I was painting it. Its size gives it a weightiness that fits well with the mood and glow of the painting. I find myself looking at it quite often in the studio with a great deal of internal satisfaction at the completeness of it. It just does something for me.
I see the Red Tree here as a symbol of the aspiration for a life of purpose and meaning, the desire for one’s own place in the world. It is not always a clearly defined objective, as Conrad points out in the quote at the top. Our life’s path winds through other places and lives but once in a great while there is clarity and we fleetingly see that thing which we believe to be our purpose. Our aspiration. Just glimpsing it and having it take a tangible form in our mind is fortifying, making our footsteps lighter and our path even more defined.
It is something which we can hold in our minds to guide and inspire us on the path ahead.
There’s something in this idea that fills this piece, making it a very comforting piece for myself. I am going to very much miss this painting in my studio when it has went out on its own. But it has done what it must for me and is destined to hopefully do the same for someone else.
Sending it out into the world is simply part of my purpose, my aspiration. At least that is how it appeared to me in my brief glimpse.
August 4, 2014
GC Myers- Moonlight Revelation
This year’s edition of our annual exhibit of new paintings from GC Myers, Layers, is now hanging here at the West End Gallery. It is a great show filled with deep color and strong images, striking a chord with collectors here and around the country. A number of paintings from this show have left the gallery, heading to collectors of his work in the far reaches of the country– from New Hampshire down to Florida, up to Minnesota and across to California. This is definitely a do-not-miss show.
As with every show, Gary will be giving a Gallery Talk here at the gallery. This year’s talk takes place this coming Saturday, August 9, beginning at 1 PM and running until around 2 PM. These talks are usually fun and informative events with a lively question and answer period.
Plus, like last year, there is an added bonus: There will be a drawing for an original GC Myers painting to be given away at the end of the talk!
You read that right. We will be drawing for an original painting that will leave the gallery with one lucky person at the talk. Plus, there are always a few other surprises at his talks. So, definitely mark your calendar and be at the West End Gallery this Saturday, at 1 PM for the GC Myers talk. You could be that lucky person!!
July 31, 2014
GC Myers- Ascendant
Thank you to everyone who turned out for last Friday evenings opening reception for this year’s exhibit of new work from GC Myers. And if you haven’t stopped in yet to see this great show we urge you to make the effort as soon as possible while the show remains somewhat intact. There are several holes already where the paintings shown here have left the gallery to find new homes around the country–in Minnesota, New Hampshire and 2 in California. So take a stroll down Corning’s Market Street to the West End Gallery and spend a little time with the GC Myers show. It will be time well spent.
Plus, pencil in next Saturday, August 9 for Myers’ Gallery Talk from 1-2 PM. It should be a good one so stay tuned for details!
GC Myers- Longtime Companions
GC Myers- Observers
July 25, 2014
GC Myers- Glimpse and Aspiration
Well, the West End Gallery here on Market Street is filled with glowing landscapes with deep purple and orange fields , rich yellow skies and an everpresent red tree. It must be time for our annual exhibit of new work from GC Myers. This year’s show is titled Layers and is, we believe, one of his finest shows at the gallery. We strongly urge you to make an effort to see this show– it hangs beautifully in the gallery.
GC Myers- Longtime Companions
The show opens tonight, Friday, July 25th, with a reception that runs from 4:30 until 7:30 PM. The artist will be in attendance throughout to answer your questions and give background information on individual paintings. It is a perfect opportunity to find out a bit more about this work.
As always, the reception is open to everyone. It is a casual get-together with refreshments and snacks along with beautiful guitar music provided by William Groome. So, stop in and have a glass of wine and take in some beautiful artwork tonight.
Also mark your calendars as there will an Artist’s Talk with GC Myers at the gallery on August 9th from 1-2 PM. This is always a lively talk with some surprises and this year’s talk promises to be no different. There will be more details in the next week or so so stay tuned!
We hope to see you in to the gallery tonight. You will not be disappointed!
GC Myers- Observers
GC Myers- The Empowering
GC Myers- Led to Gold
July 23, 2014
GC Myers- Moon and Mood
Friday evening is the opening for Layers, the exhibit of work from GC Myers here at the West End Gallery. The opening reception begins early this year, at 4:30 PM, so that those of you who are attending the Artful Raffle at 171 Cedar Arts can stop in and take in the show beforehand. The reception, with the artist on hand, runs until 7:30 and has the guitar stylings of William Groome as well as light snacks and beverages.
The show is now fully hung in the gallery and looks great! You can stop in anytime to take it in or if you can’t make it into the gallery you can click on the video below for a full preview of the show.