First Street Gallery
First Street Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings by three new gallery artists: Alex Canelos, Suzi Evalenko, Doretta Miller. They will show figure, portrait and still life paintings. A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, July 15 from 6 to 8 pm.
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The Artists -- in their own words:
"In my still life paintings, I employ natural forms (fruits and vegetables) as a point of departure for exploring pictorial composition within a realist tradition. The concepts of unity, clarity, and simplicity are used to develop the formal arrangements, and each painting represents a variation on the use of these concepts. Relationships of lighter and darker, larger and smaller, behind and in-front of, etc. are created with this in mind." - Alex Canelos
"As a figurative and portrait painter, I draw my inspiration from the direct observation of life. I am seeking the unique qualities that give the subject its personal vitality -- the gesture and sense of self that go beyond the pose and the mood of the moment, the telling character of the person that makes him or her immediately recognizable to the viewer. After more than 25 years of painting, what I’ve learned is this: the piece itself knows what it needs, and can speak for itself, and for its living subject, if I will but listen closely, trust its voice and stay out of its way!" - Suzi Evalenko
"The creation of strong illusions of three dimensions through two-dimensional visual techniques has always been a source of fascination for me. Thus my main artistic interest has been to explore how the relationship of lights and darks, as rendered on two-dimensional surfaces, are interpreted by viewers as three-dimensional forms. The subjects of the paintings in this exhibition are people going about their daily activities in the Peoples Republic of China. In a fast-paced society, I seek to engage the viewer in a dialogue which visually calls attention to the unusual within the usual in works that are highly refined and require a longer time for viewers to engage the quality of the forms and techniques." - Doretta Miller