Painting in the Dark
September 25 - October 27, 2017
Opening Reception Friday September 29, 5-7

  2017 Devore 1  2017 Devore 2


DeVore’s title, “Painting in the Dark” was realized too late for the exhibition announcement. But, that one small act was a revelation which explains so much. Her primary concern is to paint and analyzing her work, assigning a title, or explaining, her process is all secondary.

I have only seen her paintings via a small screen but I recognized immediately the inherent beauty and rich textures of her work. These paintings are large and expansive, exquisitely rich with layering, texture and subtle color. For further explanation, I must rely on a fellow painter, and friend, Tom Thorson to fill in some details about her approach.

“From my visits to her studio I can further describe what she has explained to me, which isn’t a whole lot. But she has explained and I’ve seen a couple of paintings through their progress, she layers and layers and layers her paint to get to her finished surface and color. One painting had what was to me the most gorgeous Pierre Bonnard palette that I couldn’t stop ogling. The next time it was unrecognizable as the same painting. It had become mostly grays. Jan insisted she needs that specific underpainting to get what she had in her final painting. The rest is, I suppose, self-evident in that it’s about surface, and the play between the absolute flat and the teasing tension toward illusionary space.” 

 Tom Thorson


Introspection: The Birds and the Bees
August 28 - September 22, 2017
Closing Reception Friday September 22, 5-7
Gallery talk at 6

  2017 Glueckert and Taaffe 

The exhibition Introspection: The Birds and the Bees highlights artwork by two artists whose exploration of the natural world brings focus to our changing environment. While their art is about nature their expressions are wildly different. Renee Taffee lovingly paints luscious, colorful images of birds and flora. Interpreted with loose brush work and a story tellers eye, she transports us to the marshes of Montana or an imaginary dreamscape where animals interact on the human stage. 

Bev Beck Glueckert’s has a more scientific approach. In her mixed media prints images of honey bees, flies, and birds are repeated as they navigate their natural environment. Wings, nests, and feathers are displayed as though specimens of a disappearing species. Background patterns shift from honey comb to window screen inviting the viewer to ponder our relationship with insects and how we are dependent upon them while also protecting ourselves from vexation. 

“Much of my work is based on ideas of survival and transformation, focusing on the simple yet complex nature of organisms and how species evolve and exist.”
Bev Beck Glueckert

“Nature, real or imagined, has always been a source of visual inspiration and information for my art work. I glean images from observation, plein air sketches and from memory.”
Renee Taaffe


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