Marthaís Vineyard) The Louisa Gould Gallery is delighted to
announce a group show of island artists highlighting Thaw Malinís new oil
paintings, Karen-English Malinís one of a kind jewelry, Nathan Shepardís oil
paintings and Stephen Hartís island made furniture.
The show will open on Friday August 24th,
with an opening reception that evening from 5 to 7pm. The show will run until
Thursday September 6th at 5:30pm.
According to Thaw Malin;
Louisa Gould Gallery exhibition celebrates the three subjects, which have
enchanted me from the beginning of my painting career: flowers, landscapes and
Flowers have been the center of attention in a major
portion of my work to the point of being portraits of individual blossoms.
In this show, three small flower portraits
contrast against three huge portraits. The small ones were painted within the
last year while the large ones reach from the present to 2004 exemplifying my
exuberance of the flower motif and my evolving style.
Landscape has forever been the
mainstay of my painted subjects. Whether a seascape or a farm scene, the act of
painting on location, outside has the highest priority for me. This show is
mostly present day pieces with an early seascape added for some past flavor
Still life is an on again off
again pleasure. The ones on view here are of current vintage, small, sweet and
full. They capture the essence of the fruit and the moment
After an MFA in painting from the University of Georgia,
Thaw spent 3 decades living and painting on Martha's Vineyard, MA. Mostly, he
painted plein air watercolors of flowers and landscapes. In the mid 1990ís he
switched to oils on canvas. Staying true to his plein air roots he began
creating with oil sticks. Quickly moving on to oil paints in an impressionist,
pointillist style with palette knife, he now paints from life with brush and a
limited palette in a direct manner. In 2005 he moved to Texas where he has been
exploring his newly adopted state through his paintings. Landscapes and flowers
are favorite subjects, and his repertoire has widened to include still life and
On Marthaís Vineyard he is represented by The Louisa Gould Gallery.
In addition to Thaw the gallery welcomes his wife, Karen
English-Malinís one of a kind jewelry. Karen exquisitely hand crafted pieces
have pearls, sapphires with 18kt gold and sterling silver.
Karen English-Malin came to
Marthaís Vineyard in 1979 to pursue a career as a baker and pastry chef. This passion captivated her for
twenty years on the island. As well as in New York,
Santa Fe and in Mexico.
She has taken inspiration from the art and people she has
met during her
travels and in 2001 enrolled in the jewelry program at the
Street School in the North End of Boston. It is a trade
renowned for itís preservation of traditional crafts and
artistry. It is now
through her jewelry that she has found her true expression.
On exhibit at the Louisa Gould Gallery is her exclusive
mariners line in gold and silver. The double strand mariners chain with an anchor
clasp is one of Karenís favorite designs. The curved bars have a flattering
drape and the anchor clasp is the focal point with precious gemstones.
For the opening on Friday night, Karen will be present to
show the mariners line and will also have the newest 18 karat gold and cord
Islander Stephen Hart showcases his line of fine hand
crafted furniture; including coffee tables, end tables, dining room tables and
Brazilian granite coffee tables and ship chests, in mahogny, teak and white
Having been born into the Stanley Tool company being a
seventh generation woodworker, Stephen grew up with a great assortment of wood
working tools and soon developed a passion for creating beautiful works of
wood. He then continued his education with woodworking in high school taking as
many classes as possible to learn the basics before graduating. After 18 years
of summering in Chilmark and Hart Haven, Stephen moved to Martha's Vineyard
Island in 1982 to continue his interests with furniture, cabinetry and boat
building. He first did a 2 year apprenticeship with Gannon and Benjamin boat
builders constructing the 40 foot gaff rigged sloop "Liberty". He
then continued on to work under the direction of John Thayer furniture, Edward
Galla and Larry Hepler, where he learned to design and build heirloom furniture
which would be passed down generation after generation.
Nathan Shepard displays a large representational oil
painting of the Vineyard Haven Harbor, depicting the working harbor in dramatic
lighting. Nathan studied at the Museum School and Cooper Union. Nathan enjoys
both mural painting and landscape painting.
Concurrently running with this new show is the Denys Wortman (1887-1958)
famous cartoons and oil paintings from the early 1900ís and Jules Worthingtonís
oil paintings Show until August 27th. This is the first gallery show
since 1958 of Denys Wortmans work. Denyís son will be at the reception to
discuss his fatherís lifetime of art.
Also on view is a new selection of photographs by Jeanne Campbell featuring
maritime images from around the world.
The Louisa Gould Gallery is located at 54 Main St. Vineyard Haven. The
gallery is open daily from 10:30am to 5:30pm and weekend evenings. The show is
also available to preview online at www.louisagould.com.
Please contact the gallery at (508) 693.7373 with any questions.