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Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art opens its 13th annual International Masters of Fine Art exhibition this month. The show is open to the public on October 1 but officially kicks off with a reception on Friday, October 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. Paintings and sculptures by more than 20 top artists are on view. The presentation is also available online beginning October 1.
In addition to celebrating today’s masters of representational art, the gallery is also celebrating new ownership. Founded by Mark Smith and Jim Janes in 1982, the gallery was purchased earlier this year by Sean Knoll and W.C. Wagnon. The new owners say they plan to carry on the gallery’s traditions as well as the annual shows that have become staples in the art world. “Being new owners, the last thing we want to do is re-invent the wheel. And naturally we are excited about hosting the Masters show,” Knoll says. “The best part of the show is that it allows us to not just show our own artists but also include artists whose works don’t normally hang on our walls, and that offers a wonderful variety and some surprises for collectors.”
Jennifer Diehl, Teresa Oaxaca, William Berra, Danae Bennett Miller, and Adair Payne are among this year’s participating artists. Another participant and a nine-year veteran of the Masters show, William J. Kalwick Jr. says he is always pleased to be included. His painting ONION SELLERS was inspired by a recent trip to Mexico, where he visited the country’s colorful marketplaces. In the impressionistic scene, he depicts a Mayan woman selling her produce. “The light on the onions and her blouse, as well as her dignified gaze, is what inspired me to paint her,” Kalwick says.
This is artist Danny Grant’s first year in the juried show, and he considers it an honor to hang his works alongside those of so many talented painters. One of his pieces featured, a still life titled WILD WEST, pays homage to the time young American boys have spent playing cowboys and Indians, pretending to be heroes of the Wild West. “Like millions of American men, I grew up with cap guns and cowboy boots, which are sometimes frowned on today,” Grant says.
Landscape painter Kathryn Stats agrees that it is an honor to be included in an event that presents such excellent works. Stats’ evocative painting LILIES ON WATER is part of this year’s presentation. “The blue of the sky, the reflections, and the lily pads seemed to make a great combination,” Stats says. “The quiet water reflections seem to be given life through the energy produced by the pools of lily pads.”
Fall is artist William Davidson’s favorite season, and he captures the mood this time of year in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park in METAMORPHOSIS, a work that also includes water reflections as subject matter. “I am always inspired by transparent and reflective water, as well as whatever reaches into the sky, like mountains,” Davidson says. —Bonnie Gangelhoff
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