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The Color Red
March 31, 2021 - April 27, 2021

Gallery One
32 Atlantic Avenue
Ocean View, Delaware 19970


Gallery One is pleased to announce the April show, “The Color Red” open to the public, March 31-April 27.

The artists of Gallery One are seeing Red this month, or one should say they are feeling it? Red draws attention like no other color. Red emotionally, and as a design element, screams "dominance". If you want to draw attention in your composition, use red.

But red, the warmest and most dynamic color, triggers opposing emotions. While cool colors like green and blue are generally considered peaceful and calming, red is linked to passion and love, but also to power, anger, and danger. Symbolically red is associated both with Cupid and the Devil, and studies have shown that it can increase a person’s heart rate, elevate blood pressure, and increase respiration, naturally causing energy levels to spike.

Two contrasting techniques are deployed by artists and others using red -- as a design element to draw attention and show dominance or to illustrate emotion. Both are used beautifully in the work by Gallery One artists this month.

In creating her acrylic painting, “The Red Seashell,” artist Eileen Olson, shared how squeezing the red acrylic paint onto her palette immediately elicits a strong passionate feeling of power for her. You can both see that and feel that when you look at her work this month. Red dominates the composition and the swirling shape of the seashell, done in vibrant shades of red, pulls you in and excites you. In the category of abstraction, her work, and that of fellow artists Jeanne Mueller ("Flora and Fauna") and Mary Boyd Byrd (“Love you More”) allows you to truly feel the emotion of the color.

The use of red as “spot color,” to bring attention, and to direct the eye is beautifully at work in Lesley McCaskill’s “The Red Umbrella”. The composition is filled with calming blues and greens, creating a background for the red umbrella to pop dramatically. Lesley also noted that in real life she recommends a red umbrella to keep you oriented on a crowded day at the beach.

Also utilizing red for a successful design element is Laura Hickman in her pastel “Red and Green.” Red and green are complementary colors on the color wheel, (and as she notes they are also the colors of the flag of Italy) and being placed near one another in a painting creates a double whammy. Laura’s graphic painting of a charming Italian street scene vibrates with energy. In Marybeth Paterson’s oil painting, “Red Roses”, our eye is immediately drawn to her lively subject. While W. Scott Broadfoot’s oil, “Cardinal and Pomegranate,” delivers a classical rendition of a red cardinal with red pomegranate seeds, both of which symbolize passion, laid against a backdrop of green.

Three of our artists skirted the lines between abstraction and reality in their dramatic use of red. In “Field of Tulips”, an acrylic painting by Dale Sheldon, the artist fills our eyes with tulips. With octagonal shapes of varying size and color, but with the dominance of the red, we are filled with the emotion of spring in all it's chaotic, passionate abundance. In Joyce Condry’s acrylic painting, “Red Sails,” we experience tumultuous blues and aquas and then are snapped into focus by the electric red of sailboat sails navigating the turbulent sea. And finally, in Michelle Marshall’s, “Red Glade in Evening,” the usual benign marshland catches fire in reds as the glow of sunset illuminates the landscape, with the cool blues of the water providing an eye-popping contrast.

We hope you will brave the adventure of Red this month and visit us at Gallery One. We are open daily 10am – 5pm.


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Jan Moffatt Joyce Condry Michelle Marshall Mary Bode Byrd Eileen Olson Lesley McCaskill Dale Sheldon Marybeth Paterson Laura Hickman W. Scott Broadfoot Dianne Shearon