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News from Barb Mowery Fine Art
In which I discuss internet security, a new series of paintings, and introduce you to one of my awesome collectors. *jazz hands* Read on…
I’m a dozen paintings deep into a new body of work. They are paintings of my neighborhood intended for an exhibition at Bishop’s Stock Fine Art in August. I can describe the germ from which they sprang--it may or may not be relevant at this point. But I wanted to give you a first look at what I’ve been up to all spring. I will share more images and info as we get closer to that show.
Collector Spotlight: Jess
I am pleased to shine the spotlight on one of my longtime collectors. Jess chooses images that have good associations for her, like the outdoors and cherry blossoms. She collects pieces for her home that make her happy and that remind her of loved ones, like her grandparents. And, like me, Jess has a bit of a tree obsession. Pictured above is a recent addition to her collection, “Walk a Little Longer.” Thanks, Jess, for your continuing enthusiastic support!
A wise friend recently told me that our computers would be far safer if we all stopped clicking on links in emails. And she’s right. There are nasty viruses floating around online, and I do not want to expose your devices to danger. That said, anything I link to in my newsletters can be found on my website barbmowery.com. If you are cautious about emails--as well you should be—cut out the middle man. Type the website address directly into your navigation bar. It’s the safest route to my shop, upcoming events, blog, videos, etc.
"Beach House" by Meg Walsh, oil, 8 x 10 inches (approx.), $750.
Meg Nottingham Walsh is the featured artist at Bishop's Stock in May, so you have one more week to check out her work. Meg is an Easton, Maryland, artist who was recently profiled in The American Scholar (here's a link to that article). She paints with delicate, subtle color, ...except when she's completely intrepid, as in the painting above. Meg's paintings are realistic, but her abstract shapes are so strong and alluring.
Pictured is my absolute favorite painting from the current show. Meg wrote, "I am a sucker for a turquoise house. I printed it on the beach at a plein air event in Norfolk a while back. It got an honorable mention." No wonder! I was initially attracted to shadows cast by the overhang and the mailbox.But after a good long look, I noticed the echo of the mailbox in the window shade and the lovely odd shape of the door frame. Deceptively simple.
More images of Meg's work are up on the Bishop's Stock FaceBook page (HERE). Seeing them in person is always better, though. And, in case you forgot, one of my plein air paintings from Paint Snow Hill is in the group show (and is available) in the back half of the gallery.
Also, if you stop by the gallery this week, it's Wine Down Saturday, which means a 20% discount on mixed cases now through Saturday. Time to stock up for summer!
Plein Air Paintings by Meg Walsh
Showing now through May 31st at Bishop's Stock Gallery
202 West Green Street, Snow Hill, Maryland