Gallery One in Ocean View announces the first art show of the year, Into the Night, which will open Saturday, Jan. 5, and run through Sunday, Feb. 24.
As a challenge to begin the new year, the 16 artists of Gallery One have selected the theme Into The Night. To capture the concept of night has proved to be a difficult task for artists throughout the course of history.
Two artists, Sonia Hunt and Pat Riordan, painted night scenes of New York City. Hunt's “Music of the Night” is a street scene with a marquee for "Phantom of the Opera" and theater-goers gathered below. Riordan painted “Times Square,” a tightly designed area of tall buildings with clusters of people milling along the sidewalks. The evening lights from buildings and lamp posts present wonderful shadows on the street and dappled light across the buildings.
For Peggy Warfield, music, its melody and lyrics, inspired her to create “A Little Night Music.” In this abstract collaged work, Warfield uses symbols: circles represent the moon, silver is dusk, black is the night sky and gold represents daybreak. Under all the layers she has used vintage sheet music.
Working from their own photographs, four artists - Joyce Condry, Lesley McCaskill, Laura Hickman and Dale Sheldon - painted landscapes at dusk. “Carnival” by Condry is an acrylic painting of a special sunset she experienced in Galveston, Texas. She noted that the Ferris wheel, which during the daytime seemed intrusive, at dusk made a perfect silhouette against the orange and lavender sky.
For her painting “Dusk at the Farm,” McCaskill took photos over several days. She has painted the farmhouse many times before, but she wanted to capture the shapes of the building backlit by sunset. She discovered not only the rainbow sky but also bounces of orange streaking several windows and the traffic light reflected onto a metal sign for an added light display. “January Eve,” an oil by Hickman, shows a scene in Ocean View where the last light of day clings to the snow and sky. Finally, Sheldon painted an elongated and dynamic seascape where pelicans hover over the sea, forming interesting contours against a brightly colored evening sky.
The public is invited to visit Gallery One seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The popular Artisan Room features exciting textiles, handblown glass, pottery, glass jewelry and wood pieces by local artists.
Visit www.galleryonde.com, which lists art classes and more information about the gallery and artists. Gallery One is at 32 Atlantic Ave. in Ocean View.