Friday, July 23, 2010

Barely Dry: Peter Vey's Beached Dory

Beached Dory by Peter Vey, 28 x 22

The prolific Peter Vey brings new works to walls at The Gallery on Greene. His new Beached Dory hangs among several others that take delight in the landscape of Key West: The island's abundance of natural beauty - from the water and white-sand beaches to colorful “conch” houses - are celebrated throughout his paintings. Working only with only a palette knife, Vey paints in a spontaneous manner creating canvases that are alive and fresh. He brings us the brilliance of sunlight and the deep, cool shadows they create with a spark of bright color that seems to brings it all perfectly together.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New Work from Annie Dillard

Low View From My Cabin Porch Swing

Ann Landi's ART NEWS Review of Annie Dillard
March 2010

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, novelist, and memoirist Annie Dillard − best known for Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Holy the Firm, and Teaching a Stone to Talk − is also a talented and prolific painter. Largely self-taught, Dillard generally works in oil and gouache and always on a small scale, her canvases rarely more than 16 inches to a side. A self-portrait made when she was in her early thirties shows her wielding a brush and looking rather morose about it, but other works in the show, including some landscapes, revealed an ebullience and a sure sense of color and line.

Dillard is a writer lauded as a dedicated observer of the outdoors, and not surprisingly, many of her paintings depict the water and terrain around her homes on Cape Cod, in the Virginia Mountains, and in Key West, as well as vistas of Montana and Maine. Often she reduces a scene to its bare essentials, as in Montana (1990s) and Montana II (1990s), the latter featuring a dense copse of bluish trees silhouetted against a pale lavender sky. Flat Hills (1990s) is similarly schematic, and in spite of its tiny size (nine by seven inches) suggests the monumentality of sweeping clouds and a green hill dwarfing a small red house. One of the most fanciful works here, Nutty Island (1990s), seems to portray an imaginary isle with mushroom-shaped trees and exotic yellow flora reflected in pastel waters.

Occasionally Dillard ventures into a quasi-cubist style, but she’s at her strongest when she keeps the motifs simple and the colors sprightly. While there are echoes of modernist movements in her paintings, Dillard’s voice, here, as in her writing, is very much her own: assured, perceptive and sometimes dazzling. – Ann Landi

Friday, July 16, 2010

Key West Raised, Harriet Frank Takes a New Tack At The Gallery on Greene

Collage has taken Harriet Frank, watercolorist for 52 years, on a new voyage of exploration. Raised in Key West, she received a BA at NYU, and an MFA at Columbia in New York. Except for an education in finger paints, she had been a self taught child prodigy selling at the Key West Art Center from the age of 12. Harriet finds marine scenes and sailboating an exciting format, turning them into unique collector art. She is in the permanent collection of the late Walter Cronkite and Charles Kuralt as well as many prominent island homes and yacht clubs. Her enticing collages and watercolors are viewer friendly and help to bring out in all of us the desire to sail off into paradise, to experience a joyful discovery of the sunny side of life.
To view the new work, come by The Gallery on Greene, 606 Greene St., Key West, FL (305) 294-1669