Sunday, January 31, 2016

February's Featured Artist - Alex Boyden

Alex's featured show, "The Heart of the Matter," will open on Wednesday, February 3. Typically a painter of landscapes, Alex took a different direction for the work in this month's show, which is inspired by artichokes and Alex's father. Come to the reception on Saturday, February 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. and discuss the show in person with Alex.

"Veggie Rose," Pastel

Alex studied art at L'Ecole de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris, Hamilton College in Clinton N.Y., and Haystack School of Arts and Crafts in Deer Isle, ME. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1991 with a BFA. She participated in Portland Open Studios in 2013, had work included in Street of Dreams and CAP Art Auction in 2014, and has been a member of Art On Broadway for two years.  

Her paintings seem simple at first, but they invite the viewer to take a longer look and discover the complexities within each piece. Stop by the gallery during February and look closely at these exciting paintings and drawings.     

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Gretha is Teaching

Gretha Lindwood is now teaching pastel. If you've ever wanted to try painting with pastels, you should contact Gretha for details. Two of her beauties are shown below and are currently available at Art On Broadway through the end of February.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

I love Paris in the Springtime, I love Paris in the Fall....

I have been to Paris twice and both times the city stole my heart - it's beauty, it's energy, it's architecture, it's sense of freedom, and it's dedication to art. When the newspaper was attacked over a year ago, I felt compelled to express my love for the City of Light and for all it represents to me - the result was the collage depicted below. Currently available at Art On Broadway.

"Love Letter To Paris," Collage by Donna Sanson

Saturday, January 23, 2016

This Beauty Is By Linda Baker

Linda Baker has been a member of Art On Broadway from the very beginning. From our early days to the present, visitors to the gallery marvel at her traditional still life oil paintings. I have seen her demo on several occasions and am always amazed at how she creates the illusion of metal or china or cloth by applying paint to canvas.

Friday, January 22, 2016

January Guest Artist - Najwa Alghabban

Guest artist, Najwa Alghabban, stopped by today to share her painting with her mother. The current guest exhibit continues through Friday, January 27. 

Najwa Alghabban with "Raging Beauty"

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Beautiful Boxes

Peggy Harkins sculpts beautiful boxes out of blocks of wood and then embellishes them with designs of luscious color. One is shown below - more are available throughout the gallery. Better than candy or flowers because they last a lifetime!

Wooden "Ginko" Box by Peggy Harkins

The Movers and Shakers of Marketing

We have formed a new marketing team for Art On Broadway for 2016. The group met for the first time  today to set goals and strategies for 2016 and ended the collaborative effort with five target areas to work on throughout the year - Improved Networking, Effective Advertising, Guest Wall Outreach, Community Building Within Our Membership, and Getting the Most Out of Social Media.

Kris Paul will be our leader in these endeavors and the rest of us will bring our skills and energy to make Art On Broadway known throughout the land!
Left to right around Bert Cohen's kitchen table:
Sam Hingston, Bert Cohen, Kris Paul, Pam Nichols, and Virginia Parks.
My presence is represented by the blurred thumb in the upper right hand corner.

Look out world  - here we come!



Sunday, January 17, 2016

Gifts of Glass

Rae Campbell has been a member of AOB for almost five years. She offers fused glass items in a wide variety of size, color, and price. Three of the pieces currently on exhibit are shown below. Stop by to see them in person along with other glass artwork by Rae.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Guest Wall Artwork

Below are several pieces of artwork on exhibit by guest artists who responded to our Call To Artists for the "Solitude" show for January. Enjoy this sneak preview, then stop by to see the work in person.

Scott Cutler - Acrylic

Diane Holland  - Pastel

Bruce Reed -  Oil   

Friday, January 15, 2016

Pam Nichols - Always On

Pam Nichols is always either making art, thinking art, promoting art, teaching art, and I suspect dreaming art. She is truly a creative person and an inspiration to all who know her. Pam will be our featured artist in April but until then you can see a selection of her recent encaustics, including the two shown below, at AOB now through the end of February. Her prices on the works in the gallery this rotation range from $225 to $1400. Stop by to see "Dreams" and "Dreamcatcher" while they're on exhibit.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Kris Paul's Naked Raku Pots

At our last reception we sold one of Kris Paul's stunning naked raku pots. The shapes are classic, the touch is sensual, and the play of black on white is magical. Have no fear, we still have a selection from which you may choose.

Naked Raku Pot by Kris Paul - $150

A Sale For Wendy

We were closed on Monday, but I had some catch-up work to do and was at the gallery in the afternoon. I noticed a woman trying to open our West Wing door, which was locked. I beckoned her to the main entrance and invited her to come in and look around. She had spotted Wendy Givens' painting, "First Cup," through the window and ended up buying it. A happy customer, a happy artist, and a happy me. So nice to have a sale on a day when we're not even open!

"First Cup" by Wendy Givens

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Hello Again!

It's been several months since my last post. "Life" things get in the way sometimes, but hopefully the new year will get me back on track and posting on the latest shows and happenings at Art On Broadway.

Let me begin by wishing all of you a healthy and fulfilling new year with many opportunities to participate in the wonderful world of art. I was able to see the Paul Allen collection at the Portland Art Museum this December and was so glad that I made a point to go.

January will feature a group show in the main gallery with works by all twenty members. The show opens on Wednesday, January 6, and continues through Saturday, January 30.

The guest show on the West Wing wall will feature work by non-member artists who responded to a theme of "Solitude."

A public reception to celebrate both installations is scheduled for Saturday, January 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. Please note this is a change in time from previous receptions - we will start and end an hour earlier than in the past.

Here's a peek at a few of the pieces you will see this month.

Encaustic Painting by Virginia Parks

Beaded Necklace by Wendy Robinson

Acrylic Painting by Wendy Givens