Current and Future Exhibits
Driven to Abstraction
Thursday, December 5th through Monday, December 30th
Three painters well known for their representational style, reveal their abstract side. Liana Bennett, David Ridgway, and “Patrizio” are all included in the book “100 Artists of the Northwest” by E. Ashley Rooney scheduled to be released December 28th.
Liana Bennett will be making her Port Townsend debut. While Liana’s abstract side may be better known than her show mates, the majority of her work is figurative. She enjoys the pure design and color that comes with painting abstracts and is inspired by many of the great Abstract Expressionist painters—Diebenkorn, Rothko, Motherwell and de Kooning as well as contemporary abstract painters, Elaine Daily Birnbaum and Hyunmee Lee.
Simon Mace Gallery regulars will remember David Ridgway’s landscapes with strong shapes and vivid color, characteristics in common with his abstract work. David says, “I enjoy the freedom of expression that abstract painting allows me, the focus on its formal aspects and the resulting freedom of interpretation for the viewer.” Also inspired by Richard Diebenkorn, David will be traveling to California in January to view the Diebenkorn exhibition at the Palm Springs Art Museum.
“Patrizio”, also a Simon Mace veteran, signs his abstracts using his middle name, so, as not to complicate the market for the collectors of his epic, color saturated landscapes and figurative work, including a recent series of ravens shown with us in May. Can you guess his full name?
Saturday, December 7th, celebrate Santa’s arrival and tree lighting at Haller Fountain at 4:30pm. Join us after, to help us celebrate our two year anniversary during Gallery Walk, 5:30 to 8pm.
The gallery will be closed for the month of January for our 2nd annual Winter Break.