Haven, MA 02568
Release (Martha's Vineyard)
The Louisa Gould
Gallery is pleased to present "Quintessential
Vineyard,"featuring the works of Christopher Pendergast, Maya
Farber, Jeffrey P'an, Robert Jewett, and Jules Worthington. The show
runs June 30 through July 20, 2010. The opening reception is
Saturday July 3, from 5 to 7pm (4th of July weekend). Come listen to
live music and enjoy refreshments. The exhibition offers a balanced
mixture of different art media: oils, glass, acrylic, and ceramics--a
collective pleasure that draws upon all the senses.
Pendergast writes, "As a figurative painter I find that I see
all things as an extension of ourselves." Born in 1976, in
Kalamazoo, Michigan, Christopher grew up traveling with his family.
Attending school in Europe also exposed Christopher first-hand, at an
early age, to the work of the old masters. Upon returning to the
U.S., Christopher explored his passion for the arts at the Art
Institute of Chicago.
In his latest works
Christopher has looked for contradiction within the subjects
themselves. A good example of this is in his massive oil painting,
Edgartown Lighthouse, where the brightly lit subject can
simultaneously be seen as incredibly physical, but also very flat.
Brush strokes become much more important in this painting as well as
being a means of echoing the conflict within a singular image. "By
painting the conflict and complexity within the object itself I
present a commentary in the complexity and conflict inherent to all
man." Christopher engages the viewer with dynamic contrast
between flat and volume, creating compelling and iconic works of art.
Maya Farber writes, "On a summer morning the brightly
colored flowers of Edgartown catch the eye." Although born in
Romania, Maya studied in the U.S. at Pratt Institute. She has had
numerous exhibitions in Europe, Israel, and the United States.
paintings, her preferred theme, are inspired by her favorite gardens
on both the East and West Coasts. There is an endless fascination
with subtle shifts of hue and value. Maya captures the poetic and
fragile beauty of a simple blossom, enabling the viewer to hold it
Maya paints with
acrylics, which are fast drying, thus allowing for the application of
many layers in quick succession--a method very suitable for floral
painting. The viewer will be drawn in to the bright, bold cheerful
colors, for example, in her painting, Bouquet with Teapot and
Jeffery P'an is a nationally-acclaimed glass artist
who has studied in Italy. With a keen eye, Jeffery has created some
new, striking, dynamic, one-of-a- kind works. He fuses and blows
glass mosaics into vessel forms, which serve as dual purposes as
vase, art piece, and hanging or standing sculpture. At first glance,
the viewer may see a patch-work quality to the designs. One can
detect passion in each piece.
Also included in
Jeffery's new works are stunning, vivid, glass sculptures. Jeffery is
inspired by old-world techniques in the design of modern objects.
Jeffery's technique imparts distinctive textures to the glass.
Different colors react differently to the heat and each other, thus
careful planning is crucial. Each glass work catches the eye with
the dance of ever-changing light; the viewer can note the changes
Robert Jewett writes, "The key images in
my art come from growing up on Martha's Vineyard." Robert's
masterfully created ceramics are displayed in collections and
museums. His style continues to change and develop. Robert studied
with renowned potter, Warren Mackenzie, at the University of
Minnesota, where Robert received an MFA in ceramics and sculpture.
Since receiving his degree Robert has taught ceramics and shown his
work in exhibitions and museums.
Jules Worthington, a plein
air artist, is an Island favorite. For Jules, life is a continual
learning experience. Jules has a preference for intense colors and
simplified forms. He grew up in the studio of Thomas Hart Benton on
the Vineyard and is influenced by his work. "I like to use
strong dark and light along with hot and cool, playing them off
against each other." Colors produce a corresponding spiritual
vibration. Jules formally studied art at the University of Hawaii.
Please come celebrate with us and delight in the viewing.
Show dates are June 30 to July 20, with a reception on Saturday July
3, 5-7 (4th of July weekend). Louisa Gould Gallery is located at 54
Main Street, in the historic town of Vineyard Haven on the island of
Martha's Vineyard. Please visit our web site for directions