An auspicious numerical figure, three is often a representation of balance, harmony, and completion. The newest exhibit at Gallery4 expresses the essence of these attributes with elegance and cohesion. The works of three bold contemporary artists, Ruth Hamill, Susan Strauss, and Harry Nadler are on display in a brilliant showcase of color and imagery under the wing of Gallery4. Amidst dazzling red rugs and decorative art within the centrally located gallery, TRIO: Texture, Stucture, Passion is a must-see this summer.
Coming together for the first time, the three artists represent a range of passionate expression. Ruth Hamill is a native of Massachusetts and blends various oil painting techniques with ancient ritual, infusing her landscape inspired paintings with historic reverence, volume, and graceful commotion. Susan Strauss has showcased at the Gallery before, but her evocative works are just as stunning the second time; washes of vibrant colors vibrate on the canvas giving viewers an emotional impression of movement and serenity. Lastly we gaze upon the late Harry Nadler‘s geometric masterpieces. His structured work varies greatly from the fluidity of the two surrounding female artists, yet the depth and intelligence of the paintings together provide ample congruence. Nadler’s beloved paintings along with Strauss and Hamill reminded us of the magnetism and seduction of lines, value, and color.
Come see for yourself at Gallery 4, 3848 Main Rd. Tiverton Four Corners, RI 02878.
The exhibit runs through September 7th 2014. For more information contact the gallery at 401-816-0999 or online www.gallery4tiverton.com
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To capture the essence of something remarkable is the work of an artist; to be able to pass on these glimpses of experience, emotion and reality is the lucid mark of a great one. Harry Nadler, one of the distinctive abstract expressionists of his time has made his mark on art communities around the world and continues to inspire viewers over twenty years after his death. Nadler, who died at age 60, well before his artistic vision was complete, remains a lively part of the art world through his vivid, transcendent works. His paintings, ranging from geometric wall-sized masterpieces to a less characteristic Moroccan portraits, are now showing at Gallery4 through September 25th as part of the much-anticipated retrospective, Harry Nadler 1930-1990, Evolution: Ingres to Geometric Abstraction.
The opening reception was held last Friday where Harry’s wife, Helen Nadler was present amidst the backdrop of her husband’s beautifully positioned pieces. Gallery 4 is representing the estate of Harry Nadler thanks to the support of Helen, an artist herself and now Little Compton resident who has cherished and shared her perspective of Harry’s lifetime as an artist. Her memories are captured in a distinguished book on display at the exhibit, Harry Nadler, Retrospective 1930-1990.” “For Harry the activity of painting was a way of connecting separate realities….His explorations were about weaving the space, and creating the ambiguity of figure and ground… Breaking edges, boundaries, merging the spatial and temporal…”using visual language to express deep ethical concerns.”
Committed to artistic study, Harry found enduring inspiration in European artists such as Cézanne, and felt equally compelled engage with his fellow 20th century community of artists. After studying in California and Europe, Harry set off to fufill his yearnings New York, where he spent much of his post-degree lifetime teaching and studying. Despite is constant immersion in the field, he maintained a unique style. “Nadler was unlike most artsits of our time because he never felt the compulsion to find any “trademark,” or signature motif. He had a refreshing confidence in his own originality…”
The transformation of Harry’s works can be followed through his lifetime; this exhibit showcases 60 years of transformation, thought, and perspective. John Spike, a close friend of Harry had the pleasure of witnessing his artistic evolution. “It is obvious from this retrospective exhibition that even in the very last works…Nadler was employing to the upmost every aspect of the age and experience and talent and intellect that were granted him in this life.” As you wander the inspirational space, feel the walls and gallery owners shine as they know they have something really special here.
Years ago Bob Smith stumbled upon a village of elephants in Thailand. Not just any village of elephants, this one happened to house the talented variety. At the Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang, Thailand, elephants learn to paint, and do a pretty good job. With the help of “mahouts,” or elephant caregivers, the animals produce a variety of masterpieces including paintings of themselves, trees, flowers, and a crowd favorite: colorful abstracts.
“People have an affinity for elephants,” says Bob, as he described their gentle and tactile nature. The majestic way they walk, stand, and paint elicit an awe-inspired response from onlookers, and just like humans when they paint, “you can see the concentration in their face.” Although there’s record of elephant paintings much earlier, the practice at the Elephant Conservation Center started in the early 90’s when partnering graphic artists Komar and Melamid came to the reservation as teachers. Now, years later, the elephants are naturals. While none are forced to paint, many pick up the brush because they love it.
Many of the elephant’s abstract paintings bear a striking resemblance to the work of Joan Mitchell, a 20th century expressionist painter known for her bold, emotional strokes and vivid mix of colors. The elephants seem to mimic this style with similarly-intense brush strokes, filling the canvas with amazing affection. Even more remarkable is uniqueness of each elephant; it’s not difficult to distinguish the hand of the artist, or in this case, the trunk.
The country has just under 3,000 domesticated elephants and the ECC works to nurture all aspects of their well-being. They are one of the only reservations with an on-site hospital, and mahouts provide around-the-clock care for the elephants, training, bathing, feeding, and painting with them. These enormous creatures are naturally emotional and intelligent, and painting provides a means of expression not often available to non-human breeds.
This is Bob Smith’s eighth year at Gallery4 under Wander Imports, a name for his collection of Chinese and Southeast Asian artwork, including furniture and decorative pieces. Bob gallery space is showing the elephant paintings through September 5th at 3848 Main Road in 4Corners. To learn more about this art form you can talk with Bob or his partners Sue, Elaine, and Alix at Gallery4 anytime. The book When Elephants Paint is also a helpful resource and available for browsing at Gallery4.
It’s a must-see exhibit you’ll never forget.
It wasn’t long after she walked into Gallery4, that Alix Cambell fell in love…with a rug. A beautiful deep red rug that made her heart flutter and mind race thinking of the possibilities. But then, she was just a customer…
Long before Gallery4–when the space was just an engineering firm– another love was born. Elaine Hill was living a childhood dream, flying around the world as a flight attendant and making regular, international stops, her favorite of which was from New York to Turkey, a 13-hour one-way flight. With each trip to the mosaic region of the middle east, Elaine brought “wonderful treasures” home to share, or to keep, and soon grew terribly fond of the extraordinary craftsmanship, designs, and cultural history behind what she was buying. Soon she was packing shopping lists in her carry-on, all for friends, family, and acquaintances envying her bounty.
In an unexpected turn of events, Elaine’s career changed forever. September 11th, 2001 devastated her job description by instituting military-like training and demands on airline personnel. After 35 years, Elaine chose to retire. But, as with every ending, that is when a new adventure began for Elaine. Departing from her career with an impressive collection of Turkish imports and a very loyal client base, Elaine accepted an offer to, for one summer, share a gallery space in Tiverton Four Corners with two strangers, Bob Smith and Susan Freda (soon to become valuable business partners, and important friends). The summer of 2003 Gallery4 debut was a hit, and one summer turned into many years, where all three members found permanent homes for their goods.
In stepped Alix Cambell. Alix had worked in the printing and graphics industry and would often come to Gallery4 to buy gifts and admire the imports. “I had ten minutes to buy a birthday gift, and there was this killer red rug, it totally took me by surprise.” The rest, the women say, is history and a lot of hard work. Alix and Elaine became partners (after a succession of rug sales to Alix to satisfy her new-found love) and now travel to Istanbul once a year with a strict budget to survey and choose new imports. Their day lasts from 9 in the morning until sometimes 11 at night visiting sellers, choosing and appraising fabrics, and sometimes guiding the cut and shape of their rugs.
Elaine and Alix’s business, “Silk Road Traders,” speaks to the remarkable trade route where eastern art and craftsmanship originated. Participating in a modern trade route of sorts, their collection includes tribal and contemporary rugs, jewelry, scarves, purses, bags, shoes, and furniture. And each piece is beyond unique. Rugs vary depending on what a given sheep ate that day, or how much lanolin was in their wool. Plants (or bugs) the manufacturers use for dying –like pink rhubarb or shimmering black beetles– affect the depth and range of colors in a piece. The two women work to maintain a gallery of lush colors and quality pieces.
An entire underground room full of rugs at Gallery 4 is where the real magic lies. There you can hear about Nepalese villagers and nomads, dowry pieces, and camel bags-turned-floor-mats. Don’t be shy if Elaine or Alix invite you to “come on downstairs.” It’s another world of lovely.
Alix hasn’t lost the passion she felt when she first encountered the vibrant and luminous red rugs. The color, beauty, and intensity of the rugs still inspire her; it’s “they way they change a room, the way they changed my life.”
Elaine has found a new home in Tiverton Four Corners at Gallery4, and wears her Turkish slippers to work everyday.
Step into Gallery 4 and step onto the art districts of New York, Istanbul, and Beijing…and prepare to be awed. These worldly artistic hubs are brought to life at Gallery 4 by amazing, culture-rich pieces hand delivered to you by owners Elaine Hill, Alix Cambell, Bob Smith, and Sue Freda. The four owners make up Gallery 4 and each play a careful hand in the pieces that appear on display. Featured products include turkish piled rugs, kilim slippers, purses, and benches…hand crafted rings and wire jewelry…and stunning regional artwork and oil paintings, some done by elephants. Yes, elephants. Get lost in the fantastical history and details of each gallery piece as you wander through the sunny contemporary space that is Gallery 4. A refreshing blend of ancient and modern design.
Discover why Tiverton locals voted Gallery 4 their favorite 4 Corners shop to browse…and be sure to let us know the pieces you fall in love with!