" opens at Louisa Gould Gallery
Martha's Vineyard Times
November 22, 2011
It is a worthy demonstration of good things coming in small packages —
good things accompanied with what promises to be a good time for those
who appreciate art. Fifteen artists are showing their new work at the
seventh annual "Small Treasures" holiday show at the Louisa Gould
Gallery, offering artwork priced from $21 to about $500.
"On the Island I think some people equate size with price, but a
piece of art has value regardless of size," Ms. Gould says, explaining
that most of the art was made specifically for this show. "In this show
we're trying to merge small and wonderful work."
Artist Anthony Benton Gude, whose paintings are typically priced
upwards of $1,000, is participating in the show for the first time. He
says, "For me, this show fits right in with what I've been doing with
watercolor — basically creating small pieces and pricing them low so
they are affordable."
Among the paintings in the show is Mr. Gude's "In the Wave 2" a
stunning 12-by-16-inch watercolor of a turbulent sea and sky priced at
An artist and photographer specializing in sailing events, Ms. Gould
says. "For myself, sometimes a smaller piece is more difficult. You
don't have room for error. With bigger canvasses I can be looser."
Representational painter Donna Blackburn, assistant children's
librarian at the Edgartown Public Library and a graduate of the art
Institute of Boston/Leslie University explains, "I like doing smaller
pieces because I enjoy doing detailed work — noticing the surprises when
I look around, especially in nature." She adds, "There's so much
variety in the shadows and colors every time the sun moves across the
sky." Among her pieces is "China Berries and Mussel Shell," an
eight-by-ten oil on Masonite selling for $250.
And painter Laura Roberts, who divides her time between homes in Oak
Bluffs and in Newburyport where she is also a fine-art framer, says,
"People always assume small pieces are easier to do just because they
are small — but they are actually more challenging because they have to
have more impact: strong colors and punch. They have to grab the
The show, co-curated by seasonal resident Liza May, includes the
still life paintings of Ms. Blackburn and Maya Farber, a variety of
Vineyard scenes by the highly regarded Kathryn Wronski (her
eight-by-ten-inch oil painting of "Gay Head Light," is $295), Laura
Roberts, Doug Kent, and John Holladay (selling wonderful smaller acrylic
paintings of Menemsha for $450). Smaller-size sailing scenes are
displayed by the award-winning Frauke Klatt from Germany whose paintings
combine acrylics with sand on gesso-coated canvas, and Paul Beebe's
maritime oil paintings of catboats under sail. Ms. Gould's photographs
of India and Bali, such as "Morning Catch," a dramatic
eight-by-twelve-inch photograph of a lone figure walking through the
surf in a shaft of morning sunlight for $195.
Photographer Nancy Gardner will display her work along with maritime
photographer Tom May, whose eight-by-twelve-inch photograph
"Reflections" is being offered for $180. Painter Donna Straw will be
participating for the first time as will master glassblower Tom Kelly of
Vitrix Hot Glass Studio in Corning, New York, who presents a unique
selection of hand-blown ornaments starting at $21. Suzanne Hill small
and elegant ceramic vessels are start at $75.
Ms. Gould says, "Some people are intimidated about coming into a
gallery. They see the huge $15,000 painting and assume every piece is
that expensive. But this show is for people walking along the street who
are looking for a gift for the holidays. And it's for those regular
collectors who might find something here in a smaller size by an artist
they've collected that's very affordably priced."
"Small Treasures" opens Tuesday, November 22, and runs through
January 1. Opening reception with artists Friday, November 25, 4 to 7
pm. Holiday refreshments served.