Gallery One to focus on ‘The Shape of Things’ in November


Eileen Olson, ‘Imaginary Garden,’ oil

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Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of its November exhibit, “The Shape of Things,” which will be open to the public Oct. 31 through Dec. 4.

Gallery One artist Joyce Condry recalled “a beginning drawing class decades ago… The instructor told us to look for shapes in our subject matter, such as seeing a house as a rectangle, the roof as a triangle, an orange as a circle, etc.”

This month, the artists at Gallery One are going “back to basics” and exploring “The Shape of Things.”

“Boathouse at the Wash Wood Life Guard Station,” a pastel by Laura Hickman, depicts a scene with no road access, far up the beach from Corolla, N.C.

“I was attracted to this small ‘Hopperesque’ white building that reflected the sun’s rays from its round, square and rectangular shapes,” Hickman said. “It seemed almost like a still-life sitting beside the ocean, waiting to be painted.”

The shape of things inspired Eileen Olson’s oil painting “Imaginary Garden.”

“Shape is one of five integral elements of a successful painting. I used shapes to form objects and to give them boundaries,” she said of her work, which features a color palette of greens, blues and orange.

“Green sea turtles have the same protective shell as other turtles — only theirs is a slightly flattened shape in order to allow them to swim quickly, and their legs are uniquely shaped like flippers or paddles. They cannot ‘hide’ in their shells like other turtles, but can move swiftly in the water to escape predators.”

“Sea Turtle III,” an acrylic by Dale Sheldon, shows a turtle is coming out of the surf to rest on the beach. The rocks mirror the shape of the turtle, and the tracks in the sand accentuate the path from the water to the beach.

The shape of a boat against a sky of rapidly expanding storm clouds inspired Cheryl Wisbrock’s plein air acrylic “Open Window.” The contrasting powerful solid shape of the boat and the gaseous shape of the clouds are designed to compete for attention, and the purposefully-open window, to prevent dry rot, adds detail.

Lesley MacAskill’s watercolor “Pines and Tower” features the shape of a World War II tower built of concrete, like a war helmet on a cylinder, and is designed to feel strong and sinister. Nature provides tall pines (repeating the strong vertical shape), which soften and enfold the entire landscape with a green canopy and a soft foreground.

“After a summer of painting outdoors, I love bringing everything inside to create a still life,” said Marybeth Patterson. “In this ‘Blue Vase Series,’ oil, I was drawn to the whimsical shape of the eucalyptus leaves against the interesting vase and the relationship to the fruit. Sometimes, it’s not about ‘smelling the roses.’”

“Flowers are one my favorite subjects and provide countless shapes,” said artist Jan Moffatt. “We don’t think about it but we recognize (or identify) flowers by shape and color. ‘Imaginary Garden,’ an acrylic, is a memory of the warm days and abundant gardens of summer that were full of color and shapes.”

In addition to “The Shape of Things,” the gallery’s Artisan Room features textiles, hand-blown glass, pottery, glass jewelry and wood pieces by local artists. Gallery One is open  seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is always staffed by one of the artists. For more information, visit the website at www.GalleryOneDe.com, call (302) 537-5055 or visit the gallery at 32 Atlantic Avenue (Route 26) Ocean View.