It's hard to contain my excitement about our upcoming Patterns/Textures show featuring Maija Fiebig and Sofia Barao. I found Maija through her best friend and my acquaintance, Jenee Halstead, an amazing Boston-based folk musician. Maija did the artwork for Jenee's new CD "A River Grace." Maija's quite successful in her hometown of Seattle where she shows regularly with G. Gibson Gallery. You can watch a wonderful little video about Maija here. Her work, with its vibrant patterns, is a perfect compliment to Sofia's romantic collage paintings. Sofia lives in a little town outside of Paris, France. She utilizes old photos, letters, music sheets, and other found papers for her textured paintings which she says are an attempt to "keep a trace; of time and of people, to work with the memories, to reinvent a story, to rebuild a past, maybe my own." Join us for the opening reception this Friday Sept 5th from 6-8:30 p.m. Also, hear a free concert by Jenee in the gallery backyard Friday Sept 19th 6-8 p.m. Reservations required. For more info call (401) 245-7174 or email us at email@example.com.
Though there was no actual trunk, other than the ones on the trees, the Block Island show was a hit. The work was hung on a rusty garden fence next to an aging barn within sight of the sun-dappled ocean. There was even a sheep and some chickens wandering about. Rustic, casual, friendly. That's what we call "Island Style." Thanks to my friends Amy and Rick who provided the perfect locale, to Jill at Every Day's a Picnic catering for the beautiful food, and to all the island peeps who came and bought work by our amazing YES Artists. For more pictures of the show click here!
Wildly carefree. Incredibly inventive. Ridiculously resourceful. That's how I'd describe Doug Desjardins' artwork - and his spirit. Utilizing found objects as basic as a scrap of wood and as strange as a found canvas smeared with joint compound, Doug creates worlds where shaman sit in trees, llamas reside in love hotels, and mermaids are joined at the hip...literally. Though Doug's style is often compared to the raw, pure vision of outsider and folk art, he is indeed trained, receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Plymouth State College in the 1990's. Since then Doug has shown at many galleries around the region. He's also worked with what he calls the "greatest artists on earth" (a.k.a. children) to create murals from New York City to Vancouver. When asked to talk about his work Doug simply offered this pearl of wisdom, "The greatest mystery is how to keep the mystery of life alive in your heart." 'Nuff said. For more information about Doug's artwork please contact YES Gallery + Studio at (401) 245-7174 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.