Thursday, May 7, 2009

Gallery Hopping

Madison Avenue and Chelsea - two shows of note

Last week I attended the opening reception at the George Billis Gallery in Chelsea for artist Stephen Magsig. This Detroit-based realist painter likes to paint buildings, and I always like to see how other artists handle similar subject matter to my own. His daily painting blog, "Postcards from Detroit" is worth checking out, small daily paintings of his Detroit neighborhood. Having followed Stephen's work online it was a treat to see the paintings up-close and to meet the artist in person. This show is up through May 23rd, so if you're in Chelsea, stop in and have a look.

Last night I visited the reception for "Semi-Abstracts", paintings of artist Roberta Crown at the Ezair Gallery on Madison Avenue. Roberta's work is very different from my own in style - her's has a more "Kandinsky" feel, loose brushwork, lots of color and energy. We've known each other since the 1980's and it was very nice to see Roberta's paintings on display in this intimate, well-lit gallery space. This show is up through May 31st.

As an artist I know only too well how much work goes into preparing for an exhibition and it is always gratifying when people come out to see the work. I try to make it to the shows of artists that I know and feel strongly that it is very important to support one's fellow artists. Congrats to both Stephen and Roberta!

1 comment:

Stephen Magsig said...

Hi Sharon, It was so nice meeting another urban painter at the opening. Thanks for the support, Best Stephen