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August 2019 Exhibit - Hip to Be Square
July 31 - August 27

Gallery One
32 Atlantic Avenue
Ocean View, Delaware 19970

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302.537.5055

Gallery One is pleased to announce its August theme: “Hip to Be Square” open to the public July 31 through August 27.

Sometimes it’s hip to be square. This month’s theme at Gallery One explores this idea, both literally and figuratively. Artistically, the square is the most ambiguous of the basic four compositional formats (the other three being: the horizontal rectangle, the vertical rectangle and the elongated rectangle) with its extreme symmetry the square creates a palpable visual tension. It is almost a bull’s eye of sorts. The format can’t simply be divided into thirds with the lines used to place the center of interest; this creates a challenge for the artist. One that some of the artists approached in different and delightful ways, both compositionally and metaphorically, as being or not being “cool,” or “hip” and what and who defines that anyway?

Joyce Condry’s acrylic with collage painting, “Boxed In,” hits all the buttons. Joyce’s painting creatures squares within a square format. Her subjects (birds) reflect varying degrees of “hipness” or “squareness”. Much like a typical group of people testing new ideas, some of the birds are taking steps to think, “outside the box” while others are completely “boxed in.” Then there are those few exceptions that are completely “out of the box” and have only left a feather or two behind to show that they were ever in the room with us at all.

Dale Sheldon’s acrylic painting, “Wise Owl,” highlights what our mom’s always told us: “It’s actually cool to be smart.” With a reputation for wisdom, Dale’s snowy owl sits on a pole looking over the beach grasses, patiently watching for dinner. With their excellent eyesight and hearing, they are good hunters, preferring the day, preferring the daytime, unlike other owl species.

Lesley McCaskill’s acrylic painting, “Dogwood and Blue Bells,” is all about designing in a square format. Using a section of a garden in spring that has a circular path, Lesley uses the rounded form to contrast the shape of the canvas. Filtered light dances around a circular walk with dapple shadows while dabs of wispy white from a blooming dogwood stream across the top edge of the work.

Artist Laura Hickman’s pastel painting, “Farmyard Superlatives, Most Likely to Succeed,” embraces both the complete “hipness” of the goat and utilizes his delightful face to compose the square graphically. Using bright, fun colors, Laura’s goat’s ears, horns, long neck and jaunty head break the squares into visually interesting shapes that suit his fun personality.

In “Summer Friends,” artist Jeanne Mueller’s watercolor painting done in vibrant, sun drenched hues, explores the lifelong friendship that has resulted from summers spent at the beach each year.

Artist Marybeth Paterson’s oil painting, “Tilghman Island Sunset,” explores that square format with the landscape. Capturing and then composting the sunset is always a challenge for an artist. You rarely see a square old master painting. This is because it is harder to balance a painting within a square. Marybeth kept this stunning sunset simple, and focused on the early drama as the light was changing by the second. Tilghman Island’s beauty shines no matter what shape canvas you choose.

In Eileen Olson’s acrylic painting, “Don’t Tell Me That I Am Crazy,” explores her artistic license. As she says, “I know that I am crazy, sometimes. Everyone knows artists are wacky. So. sometimes for fun, I take liberty with that characterization. I went a little crazy for you with this abstract painting. A song from Huey Lewis and the News was my inspiration. Now I need to settle down and act my age because it really is hip to be square.”

In “Early Birds at the Square,” artist Cheryl Wisbrock’s watercolor painting was done in the lovely Piazza San Marco, also called St. Mark’s Square, depicting a literal “Square.” And that Square was populated by “early birds catching the worm,” because being early is also “hip.”

In artist Jan Moffatt’s acrylic painting, “Fields of Ireland,” her patchwork fields of Ireland are squares of greens and gold stitched together with hand built stone walls. Cottages and sheep are scattered in the fields. Jan has travelled to Ireland for many years and loves painting the Irish landscape which has naturally divided itself into squares for us to enjoy.

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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