Current and Future Exhibits
What a Wonderful World
Thursday, November 3rd through Monday, December 19th
Gallery Walk, Saturday, November 5th, 5:30 to 8pm
Gallery Walk, Saturday, December 3rd, 5:30 to 8pm
If Simon Mace Gallery’s show title What a Wonderful World brings to mind the 1967 song originally and movingly recorded by Louis Armstrong, it’s having the intended effect. We are looking forward to the start of the holiday season with the anxiety and uncertainty of the election behind us and focus returned to friends and family with optimism and hope for this wonderful world.
In that vein, we are featuring three wonderful artists who share the artwork that makes up their wonderful worlds--Portland contemporary folk artist Alison O’Donoghue and Seattle ceramicist Elizabeth Copland are warmly welcomed back and joined by Ann Chadwick Reid from Samish Island making her Simon Mace debut with her elaborate naturalist paper-cut creations.
Alison O’Donoghue’s zany acrylic paintings could be characterized with the word, ABUNDANCE. Alison depicts characters, whether human, animal, plant-life or produce, happily winding their way across her canvases and filling almost every space. What’s more, they are often enjoying a cornucopia of food and drink. Wonderful, huh?
Elizabeth Copland’s joyful ceramic sculpture brim with homey cheerfulness and quite a lot of DOGS. It may be impossible to look at them not smile—just try it.
The wonderful and delicate natural world inspires Ann Chadwick Reid’s amazing cut paper artwork. Her intricate process might make your eyes cross to imagine, but, the end result is stunning.
What a Wonderful World was intended by the songwriters Bob Thiele and George David Weiss as an antidote for the increasingly racially and politically charged climate of everyday 1960s life in the United States. It seems like we need that antidote often as the song has been recorded and performed by countless singers across many genres. Louis Armstrong’s version may be many people’s favorite, causing welling hearts and misty eyes. More contemporary covers recorded by Beth Orton and Jemma Johnson are worth a listen, too. If you haven’t heard the song in a while, wouldn’t this be a good time? Thus inspired, come see our show and experience how our three featured artists experience THEIR wonderful world.