Louisa Gould Gallery is pleased to announce a new art
Interpreting the Vineyard Landscape," with
new works by John Holladay, Ellen Liman, and James
Murray. Each artist explores a various aspect of our island. The
show opens Wednesday, August 4, and runs through August 17, 2010. The
opening reception will be on Saturday, August 7, from 5-7pm, with
live music by Michael Haydn. Light refreshments will be served.
show new watercolors, for which medium he is most well known, along
with new acrylics and oils on canvas. John moved to the Vineyard in
the year 2000 after listening to a curator who said "If you want
to be a landscape artist you need to live on the coast!" "So
I chose the Cape and the Islands, settling in Martha's Vineyard
because I fell in love with the landscapes, but most of all the
people. I believe that teaching, painting, and learning are my
hobbies. I paint in different media and I paint different subject
matter because I want to continue to challenge myself artistically. I
believe that Martha's Vineyard is one of the greatest places to paint
landscapes. The seasons change, the colors change, the subject matter
changes; from the ocean to marshes to the rock fences, it all is so
different. Every time you turn the corner, there is something new to
paint. Every time I pick a landscape, I interpret it by my feelings,
so my colors are picked through the weather and the season--but
really from my heart. I always say, when you can combine realism and
abstraction, you have a great painting. I hope that when you see one
of my paintings, you will see my side of the Vineyard."
of the Vineyard are quintessential island. He truly captures that
feeling of the Vineyard--"the feeling I want to have all year
round, when times stands still on the Vineyard in the summer,"
says Louisa Gould. "The painting titled "
is a timeless piece of summer, of a summer home, of a pond on a
bright summer day that brings me back to my childhood."
has been represented by the Gallery for four years. In addition, John
has taught art for 20 years and recently won The National Scholastic
Teaching Award for teaching excellence. John received his medal at
Carnegie Hall in June. John Holladay is also a painting
instructor with Martha's Vineyard Workshops, a new addition to the
Louisa Gould Gallery family of programs. Martha's Vineyard Workshops
offers art, photography, and writing workshops for the Summer &
Fall 2010. www.marthasvineyardworkshops.
Ellen Liman continues to paint
in a colorist style. Her new oil painting series, "Menemsha,
Monkonikey, Squibnocket Pond and Tisbury", celebrate the
vitality and the subdued tones of Martha's Vineyard. Ellen shows us
both sides of the Vineyard: when the sun is out and when it is not,
the brilliance and the softer, quieter Vineyard that is always there
if we look for it and the Vineyard that awaits us when we are quiet.
For example, in "
Makonikey Bay," Ellen captures the
changing environment just after a storm has passed. There are many
layers of purple and grey in the sky, while the butterfly and the
goldenrod flowers bring contrast and a shot of new life to the
landscape. Ellen has interpreted both sides of the Vineyard landscape
with a fluid and bold brush.
Ellen has been painting on the Vineyard
for more than 20 years. A graduate of Barnard College, she has also
studied at The Rhode Island School of Design, The Art Student League
in New York City, and the National Academy of Design. Ellen paints
from her studios on the Vineyard, New York, and Palm Beach.
James Murray's multipurpose
sculptures provide a window into another aspect of the Vineyard, that
of housing and home. James invites the question, what is a home?
James' new Home Series II, continued from last year, expands on a
home, but explores homes and homes in a community. House Post #2
asks, what is our Vineyard community? "
Welcome Post 6"
brings the human and landscape together: are we not a part of our
James' four large and two small
sculptures are made in a variety of materials, including cast and
welded aluminum, walnut, copper, glass, steel, and limestone. The
four larger sculptures can fit into an indoor or outdoor landscape.
sculpture is an extension of what I do in my daily life. Every thing
I work on, the sculptures, the furniture I build, even the apartments
I renovate in the city, is all about form and scale. My work is a
blend of material and technique. I love so many materials – carving
stone, timber, welding steel, and aluminum, and o-boy, the wonderful
found objects. Site specific sculpture is also appealing to me
because I have the opportunity to connect the art work to the
environment in which it will dwell."'
was born in Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of the School of
Visual Arts in New York City and has worked for thirty years out of
his loft and studio in the East Village, NYC. He also continues his
life long pursuit of the arts in his studios in the Hudson Valley and
on Martha’s Vineyard.
Please join us in this exploration of
the Vineyard, "
Interpreting the Vineyard Landscape,"
between August 4 and 17 and at the Opening Artists' Party, Saturday,
August 7, from 5-7pm. Michael Haydn will play the keyboard and light
refreshments will be served. The Louisa Gould Gallery is located at
54 Main St., in the historic town of Vineyard Haven on the island of
Martha's Vineyard. Please call (508) 693.7373 for directions or visit