Gallery One is pleased to announce the October show, “Reflections,” open to the public October 4, 2023, through October 31, 2023.
The artists of Gallery One this month are reflecting on Reflections, the act of reflecting or the state of being reflected. Reflections have always been an important part of art composition. Even the very earliest artists were aware that some surfaces – still water, shiny objects, even the eyes of a person or animal – would hold reflections and realized that. Depicting them without said reflections would lead to a flat and unrealistic appearance. Reflections also allow the artist to enhance and play with light and help create a sense of atmosphere. Artist Laura Hickman does this beautifully in her pastel, “Canal with White Hotel, Bruges.” The late afternoon shadows enhance the architectural elements while they are echoed in the colorful water. “Bruges is a small coastal city in Belgium with meandering canals. Every turn is a beautiful vista of the gorgeous architecture, and enchantedly, seen again reflected in the old canals.”
Similarly in Cindy Beyer’s pastel, “Autumn Reflection, a simple composition is elevated to breathtaking with the echoing reflections. “There is nothing like the fall in the Upper Eastern States. The changing leaves and brilliant fall colors are spectacular. The water was mostly calm, except for a slight haze from the chilly water.” And the play of light and atmosphere created by the reflections in Jeanne Mueller’s vibrant oil painting, “Sunset on the Wetlands,” is magical. “There is a brief time during the year when the sun sets over the wetlands that a reflection is created that is vibrant and looks unreal, this beauty is not only in the sky, but is reflected in the water below.” Artist Lesley McCaskill’s acrylic, “Reflection of Surf and Fauna” incorporates ethereal colors reflecting both sky and sea.
“Art is not a reflection of reality, it is the reality of a reflection,” said cinematographer, Jean-Luc Godard. The reality of the reflections in artist Ray Ewing’s oil painting, “Looking for Clams” and in Joyce Condry’s acrylic, “Play Time,” create a delightful double take of their focal points. While in artist Dale Sheldon’s acrylic, “The Yellow Door,” the excellent use of reflections in the water evokes a sense of atmosphere and of place. “This colorful crab shanty on Tangier Island in Chesapeake Bay is reflected in the water. Near it lies the last remnants of another dock.” Her painting features reflections and reflects a former time.
We invite you to pause and reflect on our Reflections at Gallery One this month.