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Foreign Lands
September 30 - October 28, 2020

Gallery One
32 Atlantic Avenue
Ocean View, Delaware 19970

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This month’s theme at Gallery One is about the strange and unfamiliar. “Foreign Lands” is all about exploring the landscapes of somewhere else. The artists of Gallery One have brought far away vistas to us this month, exploring beauty from Abaco to Venice, and everywhere in between. While we are all staying close to home right now, it is a treat to get to delight vicariously in the color and atmosphere of foreign places we have visited, and some we someday hope to enjoy. Seeing the new and unexpected changes us. Medieval scholar and world traveler, Ibn Battuta said, “Traveling leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller". And as they say a picture is worth a thousand words.

One example of an engaging story this month is Dale Sheldon’s acrylic painting “Tuscan Colors". “A drive thru the hills of Tuscany is a sensual treat, the vistas are a delight! Meander thru a field of wildflowers, go down one hill, cross a winding dirt road, and climb other hills. Olive trees and the tall cypresses are intrinsically Tuscan, and part of the beauty of the landscape.”

Sometimes it is the luscious color and light that intrigues the artist as in Laura Hickman's "Flowers in Positano." "Beautiful flowers are everywhere in Positano.They hang from windows, balconies, trellises and large planters on the beachfront ,and add so much to the beauty of the Italian town." Her pastel painting bursts with pinks and lavenders; you can feel the summer sun.

And similarly, Leo Kahl’s watercolor painting, “Amsterdam Commute,” brings us to an afternoon shower followed by intense afternoon sun, bathing his scene of Amsterdam evening commuters. You can feel the humid summer heat and smell the evening around you as you relax in the rain-saturated colors of this magical city.

In Joyce Condry’s acrylic painting our destination is the, “Chimney Pots of Barcelona” Barcelona is a city of joy. The architecture and sculptures put a smile on your face and the audacious colors of the roof top chimney pots, like swirls of candy and giant garlic bulbs, fill you with delight.

Lesley McCaskill’s watercolor painting, “Along the Amalfi Coast,” brings us to lovely centuries old villas, cottages and chapels that dot the hills, surrounded by inviting blue waters filled fishing boats. And Jeanne Mueller’s “At the Winery” brings us with her to Napa. The wineries are filled with flowers, trees and, of course, grape vines. She illustrates one of her favorite wineries, Nickel & Nickel where the horses roamed in pastures and the vistas were beautiful everywhere you looked...you can almost taste the wine.

Scott Broadfoot’s oil painting of “The Rialto Bridge” takes us to the oldest of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice. Connecting the districts of San Marco and San Polo, it has been rebuilt several times since its first construction as a pontoon bridge in 1173,and is now a significant tourist attraction in the city. And quite lovely in Scott’s classical style.

Marybeth Paterson’s, “Remembering Abaco,” brings us a lovely scene and shares a poignant story. “I have visited beautiful spots, and one that is incredibly special to me is Hopetown, Abaco, Bahamas. In 2019, this beautiful island was devastating by hurricane Dorian. “Remembering Abaco,” shows the look and feel of this fresh little island, but more, it is an homage to the spirit of many friends that always opened their homes and hearts to share their paradise. This sprit endures and they are still challenged while they work with the world to help them rebuild this amazing island.

Rounding out our voyage is a burst of exuberant color that screams “England!” Mary Bode Byrd’s acrylic, “BREXIT”, is England, complete with Union Jacks and colorful turmoil and history and bold beauty.

 

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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