EXHIBITION

GROUP SHOW
LAUNCH VERO BEACH

on view through July 15

Our opening exhibition celebrating the gallery’s relocation to Vero Beach, featuring paintings from nine represented artists.

Carol Calicchio, Roger Conti, Scott Harper, Craig Krefetz, Lisa MacNamara, Vickie Marsango, Renee Phillips, Maria Claudia Rivadeneira, Clay Stephens

Renee Phillips
Passage
Latex and spray paint on canvas
50 x 40 in (127 x 102 cm)

Renee Phillips

Passage was directly inspired by the “Overview Effect”; a state of mental clarity, and a cognitive shift in awareness, reported by astronauts during spaceflight when viewing Earth from above.  Employing alchemical techniques with enamel, latex and spray paint I aim to abstract aerial imagery garnered from Google Earth and NASA satellite imagery.

“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” – Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11

Lisa MacNamara
Blue Windows
Mixed media, oil, and tissue paper on canvas
76 x 60 in (193 x 152 cm)

Lisa MacNamara

How are emotions and trauma held in our body on a cellular level? My focus is the investigation of multiple layers to illustrate what lays beneath the skin undetected at first glance. There’s a feeling of energy that tells a story about a person, how do I transform that into a visual context?

Maria Claudia Rivadeneira
Happiness
Acrylic on canvas
53 x 48 in (135 x 122 cm)

Maria Claudia Rivadeneira

In this painting I wanted to express that feeling of joy that you feel when you wake up every morning and feel the sun illuminating all at once, you are surprised by nature in its constant games of light and shadow, you delight in the magic of colors and you enjoy taking care of the flowers in your garden.

Maria Claudia Rivadeneira
I Am Love
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 48 in (122 x 122 cm)

Maria Claudia Rivadeneira

I Am Love represents the beauty of life and the possibility of new beginnings. I want people to remember that “we are love“ though sometimes we forget it. Love is our reason to be awake and living in the present with hope. Dominant green color represents nature and prosperity, while white represents innocence and new beginnings.

Carol Calicchio
Aphrodite
Acrylic on canvas, framed
62 x 50 in (157 x 127 cm)

Carol Calicchio

Natural light is a limitless spectrum of color. Everything it touches is illuminated in brilliance and brought to life. My abstractions aim to interpret this powerful force of nature. Each painting is a unique story of a personal encounter that occurs in both the conscious and unconscious realm.

(Move the image slider above to see the daylight to night ultraviolet transition)

Craig Krefetz
Phantoms Pt. 2
Acrylic on canvas
16 x 40 in (41 x 102 cm)

Craig Krefetz

Spending childhood summers on the beach at Long Beach Island in New Jersey, Krefetz believes that the oceans are the world’s most precious resource. At the shore, he grew to appreciate the beauty of the winter months as much as the summer months, and developed a spiritual connection to shore and surf.

Vickie Marsango
Under the Boardwalk
Acrylic, mark-making media
66 x 75 in (168 x 190 cm)

Vickie Marsango

Under the Boardwalk began as a study of work by Cy Twombly.  I was inspired by emulating a combination of elements from his ‘Poems to the Sea’ along with a similar color palette and the repetitive motif from Twombly’s ‘Lepanto Series’.   As a study I made alterations to include my own style and interpretations of land and sea.

Clay Stephens
Finding the Magic
Acrylic on canvas
72 x 48 in (183 x 122 cm)

Clay Stephens

I am always in awe of the mystery and magic that is our planet. The sunsets and sunrises of the topics inspired the composition and colors in my painting, Finding the Magic.

Scott Harper
An Apology
Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
72 x 60 in (183 x 152 cm)

Scott Harper

Harper spent his youth in Antigua, Guatemala surrounded and inspired by vibrant colors and intricate textiles. Painting in a style which straddles representation and abstraction, he references the expressionistic lines and bold colors of street art. Utilizing oil, enamel, acrylic and spray paint, he creates large-scale works that maintain the feeling of drawings in a fast-paced practice that could be compared to automatism.

 

“All boundaries are imagined, and our perceived mental frontiers are vast and unexplored. The bond that unites us all is love and through art we grasp the ephemeral if only for that brief moment.”

Roger Conti
Obsessed
Acrylic on canvas
72 x 60 in (183 x 152 cm)

Roger Conti

The artist states,  “I cannot say where these forms come from… I think it’s the child in me… but I’m comfortable with that”.