Yesterday we hung my husband Rich’s new art show, The Soul Behind the Beauty, at the Crowell Gallery in Newfane. It’s been a long road to this exhibition. Over the years, Rich’s art process has become one of necessity.
From an article in the Brattleboro Reformer Rich says:
I believe it is the soul that yearns for creativity. If we are not feeding this beast it will find a way to eat us. My therapist said I would get mentally sick when I was not creating. Once I heard that, something clicked. Since depression stifled inspiration, the incentive was to accelerate my creative life. This left no room for the dark thoughts to enter. The creative mind does not micro manage. It is freeing and healing.”
Prep and Process:
Rich has prepared for this show for many months. He creates new works daily, with multiple layers of color and texture using his abstract paintings, photography, ink, oil sticks, pastels, markers and acrylic paint. He constantly experiments with different layering techniques using an online photo editor. He also spends time creating and updating his website and online portfolio.
I help where I can with website and internet questions (Rich built his own website), but Rich is mostly a one-man-show. Yesterday I was proud of how well we worked as a team. First we carried in all the work and organized pieces that went well together. Then we started hanging, me holding the hammer and nails, while Rich used the tape measure to create the suggested 58″ optimum gallery viewing experience.
A few times we had to re-do areas, but mostly the show came together very nicely. It’s one thing to see artwork in the house, but to watch it all come together in a gallery is rather thrilling.
Prices for the artwork range from $395 for a 40″ x 40″ Limited Edition Canvas Print to $195 for a 20″ x 20″ Limited Edition Canvas Print.
This is the 3rd show Rich has hung so far this summer. He also has work at Duo Restaurant and Elliot Street Fish & Chips, both in Brattleboro, VT.
Come to the Gallery Reception!
The Gallery Reception is Saturday, July 9th, from 1 – 3. All are invited. We would love to see you! Please come.
The Crowell Gallery is located at the back of the Moore Free Library, 43 West Street, Newfane, Vermont, right next to the Four Columns Inn.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 1 to 5 pm,
Thursday 2 to 7 pm, Saturday 10 to 1 pm