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Opposites Attract
October 30 - December 3, 2019

Gallery One
32 Atlantic Avenue
Ocean View, Delaware 19970


A little tension can sometimes be a good thing. This month the artists at Gallery One are exploring the idea of opposites and how they can be attractive, at the same time creating “opposition”. Most of us are familiar with the color wheel and how the colors directly “opposite” each other are considered complementary, meaning that placed next to one another they create the strongest contrast and appeal in a painting. Though, when “mixed” they cancel each other out into a muddy gray (for example red and green).

This idea is perfect for explaining this month’s theme, “Opposites” can be the most exciting combination in all of their forms but can hold within them their undoing. The key is balance, and the artists at Gallery One illustrate this beautifully.

In artist Joyce Condry’s acrylic painting, “Dichotomy,” all these concepts are visible. In Joyce’s first attempt at an abstract painting she began by combining warm and cool colors and as she describes, the opposites grew from there: dark and light tones, black and white accents, straight and curved lines, smooth and rough surfaces, happy and sad emotions. Do they attract? Do they repel?

In "Barnyard Buddies," a pastel painting by Laura Hickman "Opposites do attract, as shown by this happy little mouse and wary, worldly cat as they peer outside a shuttered window of an old weathered barn."

In "Close Call" artist Lesley McCaskill’s watercolor painting illustrates a dramatic scene in which two boats passed rather close to each other forming a wake like the implied x! Boats going in the opposite directions. X marks the spot of a Close Call!!

Dale Sheldon’s acrylic painting, “Crab Shanty Reflections,” the natural world’s opposites of “earth and water” and “land and sea”, are two pairs of opposites that inevitably draw us to them; so different but belonging together. This picturesque crab shanty on Tangier Island however, is fighting to survive as sea level rises, taking away precious land and is a real threat to the centuries-old way of life for the hearty watermen and women who live there. Sometimes the needs of man and nature are in opposition and it is this very delicate balance that makes it beautiful, but precarious.

Scott Broadfoot's oil painting, “Sweet and Sour,” beautifully illustrates two opposites and has a deeper life metaphor. "The sweet things in life always come along with a little sour. You have to welcome one but expect the other".

In Eileen Olson’s oil painting “Chariots of Fire,” the hues of green and red are opposite each other on the color wheel. They are dynamic when together, intensifying their effect on the viewer. For the artist herself, however she finds this combination soothing and balanced.

Marybeth Paterson’s oil painting “Marsh at Gordons Pond” is an example of nature doing all the work and showing an artist the perfect combination of true complementary colors. At Gordons Pond, every day is a show, each season creates its own sense of drama or calm with bright skies and warm reflections, all opposite, creating the perfect spot for all our great shore birds.

Jan Moffatt’s painting, “Lavender Morning,” is a beautiful example of the way purple and yellow, on opposite sides of the color chart, create some of the most attractive color combinations.

We hope you’ll come and enjoy this month’s show at Gallery One beginning October 30th. “Viva la difference!”

Gallery One is open 7 days a week, 10-5. The Gallery is always staffed by an artist.





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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